Too many leaders use social media to build their own kingdoms without considering how they might use their gifts for the Kingdom. Whatever gifts God has given you that translate to the digital space—whether speaking, writing, or otherwise—have been given to you for the building up of others, not the fame of your own name.
As you build a social media presence, you must do so with the good of others in mind. Consider the needs of others before you consider how social media might make you famous or land you a book deal. In reality, social media provides a lot more opportunities for us to make fools of ourselves than it does opportunities to make us “famous.”
Simply put, the quality of its management determines any organization’s success or failure. Even the most skilled team of workers can be compromised by a subpar manager. But a great manager, in contrast, will have a firm grasp of the company landscape and be slated to play an influential role in shaping the brand’s future.
However, becoming that rock-star manager rarely happens overnight. There will be growing pains and speed bumps along the way, and, as in every career, things those managers wish they’d known earlier. So, here are five of those nuggets of wisdom to keep top of mind should the management ranks open to you. They’re absolute necessities.
Pastors need to be flexible. I often notice that some struggle because of an inability to change as needed to appropriately contextualize their ministry to their community. “Pragmatism” is often spoken of in some ministry circles like it’s a dirty word. I don’t believe that’s always true.
So, I affirm the need for pastors to be flexible but in the end, I also believe that a pastor needs to know what values will take precedence over others in the church, even if for a temporary season. In other words, what values will you choose over other very important ones? What values are worth dying for, even at the expense of other good things?
Leaders need to know when it’s time to stop inspiring, and to start executing.
Being an effective leader means being an effective communicator.
And while that certainly means knowing when to speak up, be sure you’re also savvy enough to know when to pipe down.
It’s not right or wrong to be an introvert or an extrovert in and of itself. But either personality type can go wrong if we let it, because all of our personalities have been in some way marred by sin. What does that look like?
I’m speculating here in the case of the extrovert, but I would imagine that if left unchecked, an extrovert can very easily slip into the kind of lifestyle in which they have a constant fear of missing out on something. Their self-worth and value ebbs and flows based on whether they have been invited and how much a part of the central action they are.