Leaders lead best when they are a little in over their head.
When you are facing just a little more than you can comfortably control, you will find your greatest leadership potential.
When you are in just a little over your head, you can choose to grow as a leader by:
1) Delegating more. You have to give away more to keep from sinking. In that process, you learn the capabilities of your team. You also stretch and grow them. If you refuse to delegate you will find yourself sinking further.
2) Praying more. Nothing stretches your faith more than realizing you are truly beyond your capacity. Strong leaders wrestle with a strong need for control. When pushed to your limit, you recognize your limits and hopefully become aware of your dependency on God. Prayer keeps you afloat. Control is an anchor weighing you down.
Is there an area of your leadership where you are in over your head? Are you delegating more and praying more?
If you’re a leader, you understand the importance of vision casting. You frequently have to remind those you lead why they do what they do. You remind them of how every task, no matter how seemingly insignificant, ties back to the vision of your church or organization. It’s leadership 101.
You’ve likely worked hard to develop the skill of vision casting. Great leaders are masters of this art.
But how good are you at vision casting to yourself?
What a beautiful day of celebrating the stories, memories and events of the past six years here.
And although I’ve spent nearly two years on our relocation it still seems surreal that this Sunday we’ll worship in our new building. I’m pretty sure my worship will be in the form of a blubbering mess!
If the Cross Point Nashville campus is your home, here are the details you need to know to be prepared for this Sunday:
“Do not consider what could have been; accept what is and make the most of it.”
I found this quote in an old journal. I wrote it after finding out that I didn’t get a promotion that I desperately wanted and was pretty confident I would get. I can still remember the hollowed gut feeling of receiving such disappointing news.
Looking back now, I see the beauty in God allowing me to experience that disappointment. I’m so grateful that God often replaces our dreams with something better if we’re willing to accept the circumstances as they are and make the most of them.
As a leader, you are a problem solver. You don’t have the luxury of bringing problems without plans. It’s an elementary attitude to cry wolf without a plan of attack.
Leaders must identify problems, but when you constantly point out problems without providing solutions you are simply a critic, a complainer, a whiner.
Your solution doesn’t have to be THE solution, but when you bring a suggestion for remedying a problem you are showing your commitment to solving it. You’re not passing the buck. You’re partnering to figure out how to help overcome it.
When you bring a possible solution, you bring hope of overcoming it.
What problem in your organization needs a suggested solution today?