"We did this, not because we do not have
the right to such help, but in order to offer
ourselves as a model for you to imitate" - 2 Thessalonians 3:9.
Paul worked to pay the expenses for all his ministry team, even thought he could have expected the places he was in to pick up the tab. He explained in this verse why he did that: so people would learn from his example that it is better to give than receive. While Paul was a prolific teacher and writer, he also taught through example, thus using every means available to influence and persuade others to follow his revelation of Christ and the Church. Leaders must be aware people are watching them and that they have a wonderful opportunity to model whatever behaviors they desire others to adopt and follow. To not model what they are asking others to be and do is inviting others to dismiss those leaders as insincere and irrelevant.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to take a look in the mirror and see what you look like, so to speak. Are you a walking billboard for the attitudes, behaviors and skills that you have determined are most important to you as a leader and to your organization? Do you take shortcuts because "I am the leader"? The best way to determine this is to conduct a 360-degree profile, for which you will need the services of an outsider who will drill down and see how others see you.