Leadership: “It’s Lonely At the Top”

That’s what one of my friends told me when I was faced with a leadership challenge, and she followed that statement with “I’m sorry.”

 

I’ve been struggling to write a little bit lately. Several challenges have invaded my creative writing space. Some of them have been great like connecting and building new relationships with some wonderful women, celebrating my seven year wedding anniversary, and officially launching the new Mentoring Ministry. Some invasions have been exciting yet time consuming like school work, preparing as the Matron of Honor for a June wedding, and planning summer trips to visit family and friends. Others have been down right difficult like an emotionally draining situation that we are going through with our family.

I have found myself feeling somewhat introverted; not wanting to share and therefore not wanting to write. I didn’t know how to articulate and process it all so I just remained quiet so as not to be misunderstood in my communication. There were times when I felt a little weary from doing all of the things that I love. Such is the nature of life I guess.

I read an article yesterday that really spoke to my heart and where I am right now as a leader. The author of the article was preaching the word of God with great power and authority, proclaiming the good news that God can heal broken places. As she prayed and anointed others, she was reminded by a sister in Christ that God wanted to heal her broken places also. When we speak the truth that we so earnest believe to others, we also minister to ourselves.

That’s a refreshing reminder to me today that God’s word is sustaining. God does step into our lonely, weary and broken places to provide comfort and healing at the same time, and it’s great to have a true friend walk with you on your journey to remind you that God is present. Even Jesus carried his closest three disciples and friends with him when he was weary in the garden of Gethsemane.

So, if you are lonely, isolated, weary, or broken today, I minister to you and myself through the words of Jesus:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Rest in the Lord.

Do you ever feel weary in leadership? If so, how do you get through those tough seasons?

© Natasha S. Robinson 2011

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2 thoughts on “Leadership: “It’s Lonely At the Top”

  1. Natasha,

    I needed this!!! Yesterday, was THE MOST challenging day for me as a leader.

    As you know, I am a founding member of my company’s African-American Employee Resource Group. Yesterday,I was in a board meeting and a senior manager made a “joke” about shooting the President.
    I was offended, disturbed,and alarmed. How should a “leader” react when everyone else is complancent about “jokes” that are offensive?

    I am comforted by the fact that God is with me. I also know that this burden is far too heavy for me to carry, so I have completely turned it over to Him. I pray that He will continue to replish me and you for the great work of the Kingdom.

    Best,
    Gina V.

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