Why do you want to lead? For some, the desire is innate. For others, it’s situational. Think first about what draws you to leadership. You may find a mix of selfish and servant-hearted reasons.
Awareness of not-so-great desires is a good thing. Use that knowledge to focus on the right desires and point yourself in the direction of your goal. Do you want to become a leader with a title one day, are you hoping to fill a temporary leadership gap, or do you simply want to serve other leaders who are in over their heads?
There is no one-size-fits-all organization structure. Obviously, changes in a company’s environment or strategic priorities may have an impact on how it organizes itself. And getting the acclaimed qualities of responsiveness, reliability, efficiency, and perennity does not always require hard structural changes to the organization chart. In many cases, less disruptive changes can also do the job, such as physically dispersing central staff to the operating units, appointing permanent points of contact at HQ for the operating units, setting up a temporary task force of people from the operating units, and so on.
When we understand that life doesn’t end when something bad happens, we realize we can make it through the shadows—we can flourish. Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” If a man like Churchill, who faced greater challenges than most of us will ever encounter, can live with such a perspective, then we too should be inspired to see past everyday troubles and realize that we flourish when we overcome.
Pastors, whether we like it or not, we (like Titus’s pupils) have been charged to be more than the preacher, more than the lead counselor, and more than the door opener. We are the overseers of the churches to which we have been called. We have a responsibility to lead well within the church. If you are the lead/senior pastor, all things in the church ultimately fall under your responsibility. You may not (and should not) lead every ministry, but you have a responsibility to provide leadership and vision for every ministry.
Have you ever encountered a leader who clearly had leadership skills, but who somehow seemed to be out of step?
It happens more often than you’d think. “Out of step leadership” is demonstrated when a leader seems to be stuck in outdated leadership principles, which are often revealed through 3 outdated leadership axioms.
If you find yourself clinging to any of these axioms, there’s a good chance your leadership is not in step with the times.
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