There is this version of leader and spouse and parent and leader that I wish I was.
And then there is this version that I am.
How about you?
Sometimes the person I wish I was stares through the mirror at the person I am. They don’t scorn me, and I don’t resent them. We make eye contact across strange planes of existence, but we never really meet.
It’s natural to avoid a tough moment, an awkward conversation, or difficult decision.
Nobody likes the stress, pain and pressure of courageous leadership – in the moment.
However, most of us can recount times where we fretted for dozens of hours or weeks or even months of stress, attempting to delay or avoid taking responsibility for a leadership conversation that must occur.
The enterprise leader’s worth grows in proportion to the size of the organization. The bigger the organizational footprint, the more necessary the enterprise leader. Or the more mature an organization is, the more crucial it is to have an enterprise leader.
The enterprise leader is the man or woman who runs projects, who builds things out and stays with the tasks until completion. The enterprise leader doesn’t just jump from one idea to the next shiny idea. They’re the executers of the vision. As General Russell Honore said, “Giving the order might be the easiest part. Execution is the real game.”
What is integrity? It’s really the same as having character.
D.L. Moody defined integrity as what you are in the dark. In other words, integrity is who we are when there is no one around to impress. It’s the real us.
Humorist Will Rogers once said, “So live that you would not mind selling your pet parrot to the town gossip.” That’s the idea of integrity.
The crowd at my local YMCA is getting thinner. And I’m not talking about waistlines. Approximately six weeks into the new year many who set the goal to “lose weight and get in shape” are no longer working on that goal. The thinning crowd is one example of how stating a goal is easy, but reaching a goal will require more of you than you thought. The same is true for your pastoral ministry. Someone, somewhere once said, “Goals are dreams with deadlines.”
What then are some ways we can keep our dreams alive?
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