What’s in a name?

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William Shakespere wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

The same is true in leadership. One of my bosses wrote me a message while discussing an internal issue that said, “There is more to leadership that a title.” I did not think much about it at the time as there was so much else being discussed. A day later when that IM conversation needed to be pulled up to make sure all our i’s were dotted, I re-read that line. In light of what was going on, it seemed utterly profound.

What do these names and titles mean? There are expectations and responsibilities that go along with the titles we give to and take away from one another. The president of a company should have the final say, have the company’s best interest in mind, and be able to lead. The pastor of a church is to be a spiritual guide and a walking example of God’s love. A mother is expected to be nurturing, gentle and be able to cure every hurt. We all know that these are ideals and often unattainable goals.

What does your title say about you? Do you define yourself by it? Who would you be if it was taken away tomorrow?

How about a child of God?
A friend?
A good parent?
A loving spouse?
A life that God thought worthy of dying for?

What title do you give yourself?