In Rapid Pursuit

LEAD. . . we will follow!

Posted on: August 28, 2008

I have been thinking about what it means to be a good leader lately.  It’s not only enough to be innovative, creative, kind, cutting edge. . . the list goes on.  You have to be able to read your audience.  That means the people you want to follow you.

 

Communicating a clear vision is so important.  As a matter of fact, it might be the most important thing.  How can you expect people to “buy in” if they don’t even know what they are buying into?  You can’t.

 

Being a leader means you have to be the one to make the difficult decisions.  You have to surround yourself with a team of people who support your vision and can help communicate that to the larger team.  You have to “leak” strength and decisiveness.  You can not have paralysis by analysis.

 

A good leader will make the decision, lead, and his team will follow.  I am organized and somewhat of a details person.  I GET IT!!  But, I need that to happen!  I need a good leader!  I need a clear vision!

 

I am learning that, without that, I can’t leak good leadership.  I only leak negativity.  That’s not good!  I am working on that today!

3 Responses to "LEAD. . . we will follow!"

Good points to ponder. Thanks for sharing.

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.
2 Peter 1:3

“Sorry, you just don’t have the experience we’re looking for.”
“Sorry, but we’re looking for someone with a little more education.”
“What were some major accomplishments (if any), while being a stay-at-home parent?” “While working at your previous company, did you do any volunteer work at all?”

It can really be tough in the job market. After a few interviews and even more rejection letters, a person can feel completely inadequate. Fortunately, in God’s economy, every believer is immediately qualified for Kingdom work. Peter reminds us that the Holy Spirit equips each believer with everything necessary to please our Father. That’s great news.

But, even within the earthly church, it’s easy to feel inadequate when surrounded by believers with long histories of ministry or the ability to memorize long passages of Scripture. We need to remember that nothing more special than the Holy Spirit is required to serve God effectively. We all have everything necessary to do our jobs within the Kingdom.

Still, Peter doesn’t stop with this reassurance. He challenges every believer to add personal disciplines that will build character, mature us, and be used to encourage the church as a whole. He goes on to write, “Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone” (2 Peter 1:5-7).

The pursuit of these virtues is just one way of expressing our thanks and love to the God who rescued us from our complete inadequacy. Having the Holy Spirit with us at all times, we can depend on him to guide us through the stresses that are used to hone these virtues. All that is asked of us is that we continue on and not give up.

Being fully equipped by the Holy Spirit, let’s heed his guidance and pursue spiritual maturity. May we ever strive to become all that God has called us to be, and may he ever grant us the ability to serve him faithfully.

Hope this helps,

@Joan. . . just what I needed to hear! You rock!

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