Identity and Change

I recently read an excellent book on leadership that I found continually overlapping onto the task of church planting.  We’re currently in a phase with our church plant in which I’m calling people to commit to the mission and vision that we’re embarking on.  The following passage from Leadership on the Line deeply resonated with me with respect to what we’re trying to do right now:

“To persuade people to give up the love they know for a love they’ve never experienced means convincing them to take a leap of faith in themselves and in life. They must experience the loss of a relationship that, despite its problems, provides satisfaction and familiarity, and they will suffer the discomfort of sustained uncertainty about what will replace it. In breaking with the past, there will be historical losses to contend with, too, particularly the feelings of disloyalty to the sources of the values that kept the relationship together….Moreover, change challenges a person’s sense of competence….

…Habits, values, and attitudes, even dysfunctional ones, are a part of one’s identity.  To change the way people see and do things is to challenge how they define themselves.”

-Heifetz and Linsky, Leadership on the Line. pp 26-27

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~ by toddbumgarner on May 4, 2010 5:00 am.

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