" [A]nd standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume" - Luke 7:38.
The scenario of a woman wetting Jesus' feet with tears and drying them with her hair is apt to make some people uncomfortable. Yet what does this tell us about Jesus? It says that He was supremely accessible and approachable. The woman wasn't afraid of being embarrassed or rebuked, and she also wasn't afraid to perform this extravagant act in full view of all who were present. She could be herself around Him and be accepted. She could also be honest and open with her feelings and not be concerned that He would react, take advantage of, or be dismissive of her emotional, intimate moment. Effective leaders create the same atmosphere with their followers that allows genuine honesty and transparency.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Evaluate how accessible you are as a leader. First, look at your workspace. Is it fortified with closed doors and assistants stationed between you and the people, or is it open? Next, look at your calendar. How much time every week do you spend with other people? Third, examine the content in those meetings. Is your time with followers spent talking about your agenda or what's on their minds and hearts? What did you learn from your answers?