One of the toughest things on the planet is being a leader. It requires courage, determination, and ongoing character development. Too often as leaders we have our eyes on the development of others, but leaders must continue to develop themselves. Here are some things I’ve learned are critical for any leader to be successful.
1.WALK WITH GOD
You were not created by accident nor did you create yourself. God created you with His purposes in mind. You must allow Him to refresh, refocus, and direct you in all you do and say. Apart from you keeping your little hand in His big hand you will never have long term success.
2.LISTEN AND LEARN FROM OTHERS
We can learn from others experiences, successes and failures. No matter what your field of leadership there are others who can provide you with much needed insight. Listen to what they have to say and learn from their experiences good and bad.
3.DEVELOP YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE
Just as no two people are alike neither are two leaders alike. We all have different strengths, weaknesses, and personalities. Be the best you that God created you to be. Don’t try to be someone else because it won’t work. Also,realize that every leader is at a different point in their journey and you can’t compare someone with two years experience to someone with 10-20 years experience.
4.CONTINUE TO MEET WITH OTHER LEADERS
You will always have need for encouragement, understanding, and growth as a leader. Continue to meet with other leaders who are in the same battle as you. It is never a good idea to walk alone as a leader. Too many things can happen that aren’t good.
5. BUILD A TEAM AROUND YOU
Are we really a leader if we don’t develop other leaders. No leader can do all the work or succeed alone. All of us have limitations when it comes to time, talents, and even energy. You have to make sure that in your absence the mission will continue and the vision will be executed.
6. MAKE THE VISION CLEAR
You can’t repeat yourself too much when it comes to casting the vision. You must find every way possible to instill and remind everyone why they’re dong what they’re doing. You have to believe in the vision, communicate the vision, and make sure everyone understands the vision.
7. KEEP THE PROCESS SIMPLE
Too many times we make things way more difficult that they have to be. The great thing about a clear vision is it simplifies things. It reminds us what we should be doing and what we aren’t trying to do. Whatever you do, make the process as simple as possible to follow so that everyone can move forward together.
8. EXPECT HARDSHIP
If you want things to be easy, free of conflict, and with little responsibility don’t sign up to be a leader. Being a leader requires total heart, total focus, and total determination. There will be continual mountains to climb and valleys along the way. The role of a leader is to make sure no matter what everyone stays the course and crosses the finish line.
9. PACE YOURSELF
This one probably hits home for most leader types more than anything else. We try to fix everything at once and before we know it we’re completely burnout. Every leader must find balance, get adequate rest, and have a life beyond their position.
10. REMEMBER, YOU’RE NOT GOD
There are no perfect leaders because there are no perfect people. There is a God, but you’re not Him. Leaders can do a lot of things, but only God can bring the growth. Plant the seeds, invest in people, and leave the results to God.
(1 Timothy 3:1) “Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.”