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Leadership
Leading toward excellence is the essence of leadership. No one wants to lead an organization or a group of people to failure. If we don’t lead, our people have nothing to follow, and therefore, we will fail.

Leadership: Leaders Lead

Cast vision to your team. If you don’t have a vision, ask the Lord to give you vision. Vision doesn’t always mean numerical growth.

Horst Schulze, former president of Ritz-Carlton stated, “…my job is to create consciousness of excellence in people. That’s leadership.”

Leadership is not for the faint of heart. It requires making hard decisions at times that may not be popular.

Leading toward excellence is the essence of leadership. No one wants to lead an organization or a group of people to failure. If we don’t lead, our people have nothing to follow, and therefore, we will fail. The success of the organization rises and falls on the leadership.

As my pastor, Tim Anderson, has said, “what is important to the leaders has the potential to become important to the followers.” As leaders (and believers), our number one priority should be to glorify God. If that is our aim, then we must lead our teams to want to glorify God.

One of the ways we can do this is to lead our team toward a standard of excellence. The Lord deserves our best. In a world where corporations have the highest quality employees, the music industry has the best musicians, etc.; we should strive to be the best for God. If the secular world can have the best, then God deserves even better than the best. Colossians 3:23-24 says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” Let’s do our work for the Lord!

Leadership is not for the faint of heart. It requires making hard decisions at times that may not be popular.

In Samuel Chand’s book, “Leadership Pain – The Classroom for Growth,” he says that “leadership that doesn’t produce pain, is either in a short season of unusual blessing, or it isn’t really making a difference.”

So,

Growth equals Change

Change equals Loss

Loss equals Pain

Thus,

Growth equals Pain

Upon reading this article, if you are discouraged, thinking that you are not a good leader or can’t be a good leader, take heart, Craig Groeschel, founder and senior pastor of Life.Church, says that leaders are not born, they are made.

Now, you may have the spiritual gift of administration, but you may not. If you don’t, then you can still be a good leader. There are countless books, podcasts and other resources for growing as a leader.

One of the greatest books on leadership is the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah led the people to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem in 52 days. Rebuilding the entire wall of Jerusalem in 52 days? That takes leadership!

Leadership doesn’t always bring pain.

Seeing the success of your team and your followers can bring great joy. Although, you may have to make difficult decisions at times, always be careful to have an attitude of thankfulness and not criticism.

The old saying “you get more flies with honey than with vinegar” is a true statement. Your team would much rather follow a leader who encourages and challenges them, than one who puts them down.

As a leader, also remember that it’s OK to make mistakes. Just because we lead a team of people, doesn’t mean that we have all of the answers.

Be teachable.

Be willing to listen to other people’s ideas.

Be willing to admit when you make mistakes.

To quote Groeschel again, “people would rather follow a leader who is always real than a leader who is always right.”

Lastly, as a leader you must have vision.

Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” People want someone they can follow.

Reiterating the quote from my pastor, “What is important to the leader has the potential to be important to the followers.”

Cast vision to your team. If you don’t have a vision, ask the Lord to give you vision. Vision doesn’t always mean numerical growth. It can mean spiritual growth, growth in knowledge… Vision is direction for the future.

Leaders lead!

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