What’s on your mind as a leader? Let’s be more specific… are you results or process oriented in your thinking? The answer to this makes a big difference in how you live and lead, especially as a Christian leader.
Consider these 4 Preoccupations of Good Leaders…
Who are we serving? Is there a specific group of people you are hoping to reach, influence, provide for or guide? If your answer is “everybody,” then I would suggest you re-think it. While reaching the world sounds noble and looks good on a website… start by making a difference in the few down the street. Of course, then there’s the “big picture” answer to this question. Ask yourself, “Who is all this really for in the end?”
Why are we doing this? Knowing your “Why?” will be your motivation when things get hard… and they will. Whether you call it your vision or mission statement, choose this carefully and embrace it fully. When challenges mount almost as fast as the critics, believing in the reason you do what you do will be the motivation to keep doing it!
How can we help? Invest in your team. The best leaders make others better. Who can you position for success in their role? Who can you “prop up” and encourage? What team leader or group (volunteer or paid) needs your investment in order to be who they are called to be and then do what they are tasked to do?
Who’s next? Notice that it’s not, “What’s next?” It is so easy as a leader to focus on what people can do to accomplish something better, instead of what something can be done to make people better. And, be ready! Although we should be planning on who we are investing in next in a targeted way, sometimes God sees fit to put people right in our path that need encouraged and/or equipped right here, right now. Discern the difference between the “needy” and those in need and be there for them.
Notice that these questions assume something vital? They are in the plural. It’s a team thing, not a me thing. You didn’t get where you are by being a “lone ranger,” and you won’t get where God wants you to go and reach who He wants you to reach that way, either. Determine to live and lead as part of a great team of people determined to make a difference in other people… together.
Finally, here is a portion of the “pep talk” the Apostle Paul gave to the leaders of the growing church in the city of Colossae. I hope it serves to keep you precoccupied as a Christian leader today! “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24, NIV
What preoccupations would you recommend to other leaders? Share your insights in the discussion thread below!