7 Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned the Hard Way!
Today I want to share 7 things I’ve learned over the years about leadership. Unfortunately, I learned these the hard way by making the mistakes. I hope by sharing these you will be able to avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made!
- You CAN NOT let people’s response dictate your response to God’s Word or command.
- You CAN NOT let perceived ministry success or failure dictate your Next Steps in ministry.
- You CAN NOT let the size of ministry intimidate you as the ministry grows! Nothing we face is intimidating to God! Why should it be intimidating to us?!
- You CAN NOT let perceived apathy among people quench the fire in your heart. Passion for God, people and the vision must flow from God to you and then to others. It CAN NOT be drawn from people! That well runs dry quickly!
- You CAN NOT listen to foes and fans. Listen to friends. I have heard it said many times before that as a leader you will be surrounded by three types of people: foes, fans, and friends. Your foes will disagree with you no matter what you do finding fault with everything. The opposite extreme is fans. Before anyone accuses me of saying I have a “fan following” let me explain what I mean by that! People who are fans are people who will just agree with what ever you do. The people you have to listen to are true friends. Your friends will tell you the honest truth even when it isn’t what you want to hear
- You CAN NOT wait around thinking that someone else, including your board, associates, etc., will carry the vision forward! God has given you the vision and you are the one who has to advance it! I don’t want this to sound as if I’m saying you, as the leader, are not submitted to anyone and that carrying God’s vision forward is not a “team sport”. It is definitely as “team sport” because one person can only carry it so far. What I want you to see is that as the leader of a church, organization, or family it is ultimately your responsibility to keep the vision in front of people and to make it compelling so that others want to run with it. Think about it this way: As servant leaders we should be a catalyst that propels the vision forward not a weight that others are trying to drag along.
- You CAN NOT allow an individual or group of individuals to sway you into making a decision against God’s command or vision! Their opinions are temporary (And so is their attendance when they see you will not be swayed!) but the impact of your decisions are eternal!
I wrote this from the perspective of being in ministry but these principles can be applied within any organization. I hope this helps someone!
Heart and Soul!