“Leading you” requires self-discipline. Self-discipline simply put is the ability to tell yourself “no” and stick with it. It is imperative to your success as a leader that you be able to discipline yourself. You must know what things to say “no” to which frees you up to say “yes” to the right things. It is what we say “yes” to that has great influence on how well we lead ourselves. What are you currently saying “yes” to that you should begin to say “no” to immediately in order that you can move forward in becoming the best leader you can be?
The Apostle Paul said concerning his own self-discipline: “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27) We too, in leading ourselves well must discipline ourselves daily. As one man said, “do the do’s not the don’ts and do it up!”
Great Morning Champions,
No organization will ever rise above the capacity of its leader. This is why it is so critical that you “lead you” well. As the leader, you must continue to grow. The Bible tells us that Christ grew in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and with man.
This means He grew as a leader in His ability to take knowledge and apply it. That’s what wisdom is, the application of knowledge. Everything God does begins with information or knowledge. This knowledge can merely be a set of facts or it can be translated into wisdom as we properly apply it. As a leader, you must grow in wisdom, so that your team will as well.
Christ also grew in stature. This pertains to physical growth. I also believe it has to do with Him maturing emotionally and mentally. Leaders have to be solid emotionally and mentally while taking great care of themselves physically. This should be modeled before your team. As you do this well, not only will it attract people who are also like this, it will cause those who are not to have to make a decision to change or to be a part of something else.
Lastly, Christ grew in terms of relationships. The highest relationship is with God, the Father. Jesus grew in that priority relationship. If you are leading, you too must grow in your relationship with God. He has the plan, the vision, the resources and all else you need to be successful. But you must grow in your relationship with Him. You must also grow in your ability to relate to others. You must become more of a people person. This begins with learning to love them as Christ does. As a matter of fact, the love you have for people will only be the overflow of the love relationship you have with Christ. So, as you grow in your relationship with Him, your relationship with others should improve as well.
In closing, what one thing can you do for the next 30 days in each of these areas to help you “lead you” better? I’d love to hear your commitments.
I believe the basis of all great leadership stems from how well you lead yourself. Leading yourself well has great bearing and implications on how well you are able to lead others. The Apostle Paul gave similar instructions to his protegé, Timothy, in 1 Timothy 4:12-16.
Today, I just want us to look at verse 16, where Paul tells Timothy to “Take heed unto thyself…” In other words, Look well to yourself and to your own personality. If you are going to be successful as a leader of others, you must begin with yourself. Examine your own life. Be your own critic.
Paul gave Timothy these criteria for evaluating himself:
– His example for other believers in his speech, his conduct, his love, in faith and in his purity
– Timothy was also to compare how he was living and who he was becoming to what he taught others (doctrine)
I believe all of us as leaders need to strive to personally do the same. If we are to lead others well, we must begin with ourselves. And Paul’s instructions to Timothy are an ideal place to begin.
How well are you “leading you”?
In order to be leader who consistently gets the right things done, you first need to be clear on what it is you are supposed to do. This is simpler said than done. Many live life each day doing what they do out of habit and routine and not from a clear sense of purpose and vision. What you do should spring forth from God-given vision and your unique purpose.
This means you must be sure of what God’s vision is for your life. You must also be clear on what His purpose for your existence is and how you are to walk these things out. Determine to settle this and stop being one of billions merely doing what they do with no thought as to whether or not this is their unique assignment. Leaders in particular must be certain of these things as not to waste the valuable time, talent and treasure entrusted into your hands. God rightfully expects increase and what you do to ultimately bring glory to His Name. In the business world, executives are being terminated weekly for their lack of right results. Even the Lord will grade us on what we have done in the end. This is too critical to just wing it!
I challenge you to access what you do and why you do it. Is it bring vision to past? Is it helping you fulfill your goals? Are you carrying out your God-given assignment or are you just being busy. Leaders should live full lives not merely busy ones. Take some time now and through out each month to make sure you stay on target!
We are preparing here for one of the premier Leadership & Ministry Development Schools in our region. Our theme this year is “Getting Things Done: Developing High Performance Leaders and Helps Ministry. We believe the call on every Christian and every ministry is to do greater works than what Christ did while He was here. We know that “greater” is in terms of quantity and not quality. And at the same time, more and more churches and leaders should strive to improve their performance and productivity. As we get better, we bring greater glory to God and greater good to His people!
One of the ways I believe we can be highly productive and increase our performance is to determine what things we will do. We cannot be effective with limited time and resources and know how attempting to do and be all things to everyone. So we must decide what we will say “yes to” and be prepared to say a strong “no” to everything else. What 3-5 things will you or your ministry give its focus? Where will you commit your time, talent and resources? How will you effectively communicate to your team what your priorities are?
This week we will look more closely at how as churches and leaders we can get more done with the Lord. Our goal through this post and our Leadership School is to help you get better! So, take some time, if you have not already and determine what are you uniquely called to do or where will you make an uncommon contribution in the earth? The church and the world is in need of what you can make happen!
Until the next time, Stay On Target!
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