“Sometimes we just feel stuck. Not that anything is really wrong, but more the sense that we’re not going anywhere. That place where you sense that things are okay, but not great. Where it seems like you are just going through the motions. Dependable and reliable, yes. Consistent, absolutely.” I’m thankful for Brad Lomenick and the wisdom he shared on the LifeWay Leadership blog this week.
Leaders, we must be constantly checking our hearts. In our sin, we can never really know for sure if different actions we take are or are not self-centered and sinfully motivated. Ron Edmondson shares five qualities to seek in the heart of a leader.
An important part of effective leadership is developing and carrying out an effective strategy for the team or organization you lead. Strategy takes different forms depending on the type of work and group of people you’re leading, but when it comes down to it, there are four wheels of effective strategy. Steve Graves wrote about them this week on his blog, and I found his thoughts helpful.
Self-awareness is a key quality of good leadership. Michael Kelley wrote about self-awareness this week on his blog, “It is a frightening thing to look inside oneself. There’s nothing quite as devastating as realizing with sudden clarity just what you are capable of. It’s in those moments that the “good news” of self-exploration and the idea that true joy and happiness can be found with knowing, and then obeying, oneself is proven false.” Pursuing self-awareness is important, even if it leads you where you don’t want to go.
Similar to the link above from Brad Lomenick, this blog post from Kevin Campbell this week on the LifeWay Pastors blog is about helping leaders, pastors in particular, keep working when quitting is most appealing. Pastors can be harder on themselves than they need to be at times, and this post helps work through that a little bit.