Just because you have experience as a leader doesn’t mean you have learned the benefits of applying your God-given strengths to what you do as a leader.
Your strengths are unique to you. And using your strengths sets you up to make the biggest contribution over the longest period of time in your career or ministry.
Change is all around us. But, as leaders, we are called to be agents of change. We are charged with taking people to places they may not be able to go on their own – or at least no one has taken the steps to get started. But, you can’t take people someone new without change.
I keep learning about change leadership. And, the more I learn the more I seem to not know.
I’ve seen some fairly alarming statistics on the number of people who regularly attend church and still feel unequipped to tell others the good news that Jesus died on the cross for their sins, was buried, and God raised Him from the dead. We have lots of evangelistic sermons telling people they should tell others. We run a food pantry so that people can see our light shining on the hill and glorify our Father in heaven. We pray for the lost. All of this is good. But I think the missing ingredient is actual training.
Focus is an invaluable trait. It helps you stay on task and get work done at a rapid rate. Yet too much focus can be a problem: It drains your brain of energy, makes you care less about people, and prevents you from seeing what is happening around you. In fact, too much focus is a surprisingly common sign of adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — a failed and paralyzing attempt to control a roving mind.
Experienced leaders are those who have been in leadership roles for a significant period of time. These experienced leaders have led well throughout their career. Their lives and leadership have impacted many, which is why they have remained in their role.
Experienced leaders are susceptible to the fears leaders of all tenure face. However, because of their tenure, the impact of dwelling on these fears is often magnified, sometimes leading to an unfortunate deterioration of their legacy.
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5 Leadership Questions Podcasts This Week
For those of you who don’t know, I’ve recently become a regular co-host on the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast hosted by LifeWay Leadership. Because of my new involvement in that podcast, I will share links to the two latest 5LQ podcasts each Friday here on the Links for Leaders post.