You are a leader! You may not believe me, but it’s true. Everyone has somebody who is watching them, somebody who looks to them as a leader. This is especially true if you’re a mom, if you work at a job with co-workers, if you’re married, if you have friends, or if you’re a Christian. Since we’re all leaders, it’s important to know how to lead the right way.
Exodus 32:34 (NCV) So now, go. Lead the people where I have told you, and my angel will lead you.
As a leader, there are certain principles to remember.
Leaders are servants.
Philippians 2:3-4 (NKJV) Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
You are called to serve God by serving others. This is true of leaders even more so. Christ led by serving. We are to do the same.
Leaders have a vision and communicate it.
Habakkuk 2:2 Write the vision, and make it plain upon the tables, that he may run that reads it.
Leaders know what God wants them to do. They have a vision for their lives that they don’t let get clouded by busyness or dirty dishes.
Leaders are examples to follow.
As a leader, you have a responsibility to be an example of integrity and character. Be an example others can follow.
Ephesians 4:1 (NKJV) I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.
Leaders have people following them.
John Maxwell says “If you think your leading and nobody’s following, you’re not leading. You’re taking a walk.” Look for people you can mentor in everyday life. It may take extra time, but it’s worth it.
Leaders plan, set goals, and organize their time.
Philippians 3:14 (NKJV) I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Luke 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
There are no shortcuts to this. A leader has to learn time management and the art of setting manageable goals. If you don’t do this, you’ll only be able to grow to a certain level. There are a lot of time management blogs on the Internet. Take some time to read them and learn.
Leaders overcome struggles.
Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
If you are a leader, you will have struggles. You’ll be misunderstood. Some people will lie about you or will try to turn others against you. Many times you’ll feel all alone. Welcome to Leadership 101. Expect it so it won’t capture you unaware. But when this happens, remember you’re not alone. God will go through the struggles with you. Lean on His strength.
Guard against the attitude that you know how to do this, that you’ve got it together. Unfortunately this type of attitude is what trips people up so that they will never be the leaders God wants them to be.
Leaders never stop growing. Read books, go to conferences, and check out other leaders’ blogs. Also never be afraid of change. Allow yourself to consider new possibilities and methods of doing things.