The Leader – BE
We continue to reflect upon a good way to organize our understanding of the complex subject of leadership. Using the simple outline of Know – Be – Do – Reproduce we can categorize the important functions of this vast subject called leadership. Today we will address the category of “Be – Who a Leader Is.”
1. Develop personal depth
Lead from an overflow of your walk an intimacy with Christ
- Your intimacy with Christ grows as you spend time with Him in the Scriptures
- Seek to know God’s ways, not just His actions
- Develop depth and breadth in the Bible!
- Bible reading plans can be very helpful – repetition is the key to learning
Read more and read selectively
- Read and re-read good books!
- Good books are tested by their continued influence over a long time
- Read critically – always compare what you read with the Scriptures to insure alignment with Kingdom truth
- Just because a book is popular today does not mean you should spend your precious reading time on it
- Often our egos get involved because we want to seem “with it” by saying that we have read the “cool and current” rather than the “tried and true”
- Create a “To Be Read” bookshelf and a folder for current articles
We lead more from who we are, rather than from what we know
- Lead from the inside out!
- Lead from the strength of your God-given design and gifting
- Lead from your ‘life messages’ given to you through your life experiences
- Speak truth to those you lead, but always tempered with love
2. Develop Christlikeness
Be intentional about your character development
- Leaders are like toothpaste tubes, when you squeeze them, what’s inside comes out!
- We default to who we are when we are under pressure
- Foundational areas for Christlike character development – love, humility, integrity, courage
- Remember ‘The Golden Rule of Leadership’ – “Lead others the way you would want to be led.” – see Luke 6:31
3. Recharge your batteries – even the Energizer Bunny runs out of power!
Get some time away from your leadership responsibilities
- Insure that your daily and weekly schedules have margin
- Turn off your cell phone – you’re really not that important
- You don’t have to answer every call immediately – use voice mail to your advantage to maintain your daily work efficiency and flow
- Limit the number of times you check your email each day – you’re really not that important
Get a life outside of your ministry / work
- Develop friendships with people outside of your work or ministry circles
- Recreation and hobbies – know yourself and do what ‘fills your tanks” not what others think or do to fill their tanks
- Take a break / take a vacation – you’re really not that important
- Push yourself to learn something new!
Lead from an overflow and from a reserve! How’s your leadership ‘gas gauge?’ Are you running on fumes?
Tom, great insight on leadership and how to “BE”. I love the way you bullet point the information and how applicable it is right now where I am at in my leadership journey. Always a great read… keep up the good work!
Thanks for the affirmation!
Tom, I saw a post about recommended books and cannot find it again. Is there not a “search” function? Anyway, can you please send me that list, it had some great books. Thanks
Michael, This list of great leadership books will be sent via separate personal email.