Before you assign someone a task or review their performance, first assess their capability. Great leaders understand that they can challenge their employees, but as soon as they stretch them too far, they set both parties up for failure.
Don’t assign projects to others that you wouldn’t like to take on yourself. Don’t ask too much of the people who depend on you.
It’s up to leaders to make sure that employees have all the tools they need for success — from the right technology to the proper support system.
What if, somehow, we could actually know beyond the shadow of a doubt what our future holds? What if there was no guesswork involved? What if all uncertainty was removed? If that were possible, then by all means, we should live now in light of what will certainly be true tomorrow.
It strikes me that this is exactly the situation we find ourselves in as believers in Jesus. We are the people who know the future. We are those who have a sure and certain hope. We are the ones who have had all the guesswork removed for eternity.
As a boss, you are not responsible for the happiness of your staff. Each of us is responsible for our own happiness. But some bosses try anyway. Good heart, bad leadership. There is a fine line between the leader who gets results and the one who just wants everyone happy.
Boss extreme type one: all about the relationships.
Boss extreme type two: all about the results.
The truth is you must lead in the reality of both ends of the tension. The team needs to work and play. They need to be challenged and cared for; getting the balance right is tough. They need courage to make the tough decisions.
You can’t really talk about leadership unless you talk about Jesus. Even if you aren’t a follower of Jesus, it’s undeniable that Jesus is the greatest leader who ever lived.
Are you skeptical about that statement? I don’t blame you. But if the definition of a “leader” is someone who has followers, then Jesus comes in first place. For more than 2,000 years, no single person has had more followers than Jesus.
Unfortunately, the greatest leader who ever lived is often given only a cursory look when it comes to leadership wisdom.
Leadership matters! It matters in the home. It matters in the workplace. It matters on athletic teams and in musical groups. And, of course, leadership matters in the church.
Leadership is such an important issue that there is no end to the writing, selling, and buying of leadership books. In fact, we can even say that this blog is about leadership – helping pastors grow in their leadership of the church. But how should we assess leaders – both present leaders and future leaders? Unfortunately, we (and our churches) assess leaders based on competency and results. Can he “preach”? Is the church “growing”?