I have read many books on leadership. These books have helped me understand my role as a senior pastor and in my past life as a member of the fire service. (I retired nearly seven years ago). As I get older, I have come to have some of my own thoughts on leadership. The following list is not comprehensive. They are just some thoughts that I have crossed my mind recently...
- Be prayerful
- Take care of the people that you lead.
- Lead from a position of love.
- Do the right thing.
- Help others to be leaders.
- You don't have to be perfect.
- Don't be afraid to lead.
- There are two sides to every story
- If you are leading one or one thousand...be the leader that each one needs.
- It's okay to say "no".
- Title or position does not make you a leader.
- If you do have a title or position, be or become a leader.
- To be an effective leader, you must continue to grow.
- What you think is the right thing may very well be wrong.
- Be open to feedback.
- Understand your role.
- Seek council - "No man is an island"
- Failures happen - learn from them.
- Passivity is not leadership.
- "Iron fists" do not work.
- Don't be afraid to apologize
It is my desire as a pastor to raise up others to lead. I don't believe God wants passive leaders shrugging their shoulders at issues, but leaders that are winners in the spiritual battle while being the watchman on the wall that God called them to be.
Don't be a PUSHer - Be LEADer.
Don't be passive in doing what is right, do what is right.