Change doesn’t take place unless someone acts. Having been a leader in a variety of settings from business to nonprofits and now to education, I can safely say that more people like to talk a big game when it comes to change than to do the work necessary to make the change true. The most important test of a leader’s resolve is if he or she is willing to act on their ideas.
I’ve noticed this principle so many times in my own leadership and in working with other leaders. The more prepared I am to face a situation the less stress I have in the situation.
We are most inspired by leaders who show exceptional character, who take pride in who they are and in what they have accomplished. Humble leaders use their skills, knowledge and experience to bring people together to increase sales, improve production or quality, and give back to the community. Leaders who come from humility use their success for the greater good, rather than for self-aggrandizement.
All throughout life and ministry, we face moments that make us think “Why bother?” You take a stand in your world, and it seems to have no effect. You pray for an unsaved or wayward loved one, but there is no change. You spend a lot of time and effort investing in someone who turns against you. You pray and labor but there seems to be no increase in your ministry.
Leaders talk like leaders. There is a rhythm, a cadence and an unmistakable style of communicating that can instantly be recognized in effective leaders. It’s a way of communicating that mobilizes teams, that instills confidence and that clarifies directions.