It’s Called Life Article 2-Essential Leadership Tips Part 1
The world defines the nature of leadership as “the ability to influence people toward the attainment of goals.” Leadership 101 tells us that every good leader needs a strategic plan, measurable goals and objectives, and key indicators that show effectiveness of their organizational mission. I’ve reached the conclusion over the years that the world’s version of leadership skills doesn’t work unless the leader is always willing to do the right thing and is guided by these essential principles taught in God’s classroom:
- We mustput spiritual things first. Matthew 6:33, ERV,says, “What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what he wants you to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need.” When we fail to put God first, other things will cause us to go astray. Our spiritual connection with God must be maintained daily. Even flowers begin to die the moment they are cut because they are no longer connected to their life source. In the same way, spiritual neglect and disconnecting from our life source will cause spiritual death.
- Good leaders guard their mouths and never talk negatively about their people or ministry. We should speak what we want to see and “call those things that be not as though they were” (Romans 4:17). The Bible also tells us, “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence” (Proverbs 10:11, NIV).
- Good leaders should not waste time on unnecessary chatter. We must not take to heart and concern ourselves with the opinions of others. It is essential to hear a person’s thoughts, but then discern what is important to address. Some people will always complain, especially during times of change, but may eventually come on board. Bishop T.D. Jakes has said, “You can wreck your car swatting at gnats.” In other words—STAY FOCUSED!
- Every leader should know the importance of rest! We must learn to rest because it allows our physical bodies to recharge and replenish. Getting enough rest causes us to become more productive and effective, simply because we’re not tired. Good rest also energizes our creativity and produces greater imagination, clear directions, and clearer vision.
- Leaders should ask themselves two questions: “Why am I doing this?” and “What am I doing?” Sometimes a traditional thing needs to be changed or tweaked. We must be flexible, adaptable, and willing to change for the greater good.
Come back next month for Part 2!