In our alpha male culture, we expect leaders to look the part, talk the talk, and act certain ways. It’s as if our culture demands that leaders be smart, strong, and savvy. While this is true to a certain extent, leaders must also be humble, service-oriented, and committed to seeing the change desired through to the end. There are many so-called leaders in the world, but there are few who lead by serving others.
A grateful leader tends to be a great leader. An ungrateful leader, well, never is.
I find when my gratitude is high, I just lead better.
I’m kinder and more compassionate. I’m less resentful and I’m less suspicious.
Your overall gratitude impacts your overall attitude. So be grateful.
In order to lead well, you have to be aware of yourself. Self awareness basically answers the question, “How am I spending my time? Am I doing the things as a leader that are important?” These questions lead us to self management. “Am I managing my time well? Am I managing my communication well? Am I sending emails and responding to them? Am I responding to phone calls in a timely manner?”
Do one more small task. Make a short phone call, sign a document, or respond to an email. This way you end your day on a positive note of completion. There’s gratification in knowing that you elected to push yourself and now have one less thing to do the following morning. And, as research from Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer, authors of
I might fail. You might fail. You might have to shepherd God’s people through depressing times of their own making. Moses did, too. Stop believing the leadership lie. Set yourself free to serve the Lord no matter the results.