Mark Twain once said “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
Little did he know that in our culture today, the less you wear, it seems the further you go, which is a complete deteriorating of morals and breakdown of values in society. Enough of the clouds and rain, on to today’s content.
This post is not a quick fashion guide to prepare you for your gruelling day at the office. Nor is it in any way an attempt to make you wear something you do not want to wear. I could care less about your official dress code for whatever it is you do day in, and day out.
I do, however, want to discuss six important elements that create effectiveness among leaders, and I believe they are important enough to not leave home without.
As christian leaders, we have no idea what the day holds as we stand impatiently in front of the Keurig, waiting for the morning Joe, before heading out. Here’s some ideas that I think will be beneficial for all of us. (Ephesians 6:11-17, The full armor of God)
Shirt/Blouse: Your covering. The shirt is the “breastplate” of righteousness, which means conducting yourself in a right manner.
■Pants/Skirt: The belt of truth. Being truthful to yourself and those around you.
■Shoes: Where and how we walk is important. Peacefully, composed, and tranquil.
■Hat/Scarf: You may not wear a hat, and that’s ok, most of these represent spiritual elements anyway. The covering for the head stands for the helmet of salvation, meaning, everywhere you go, keep in mind who you are, and Who you belong to. Keeping your thoughts pure and holy are keys to success in leadership today.
■Briefcase/Backpack: The Shield comes in handy to deflect and protect. You have your life and all its contents inside, plus it helps protect you! It takes faith to accomplish all that you set out to do.
■The Sword of the Spirit: Last, and most important, don’t leave home without the word of God. It heals, it saves, it protects. Heck, it does what the previous five elements do, plus so much more!
Now I know this was a little “out in left field” for a leadership post, and that’s ok. It’s fun to be creative and just be real every now and then.