Every day is a gift and how we use the day makes a difference not only in our own lives, but everyone we meet along the way. Frank Bucaro said, “This is the beginning of a new day. I have been given this day to use as I will. I will use it for good, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something that I have traded for it. I want it to be gain and not loss; good and not evil; success and not failure; in order that I shall rejoice in the price that I paid for it.”
Please take a moment to read this expression again.
There is no need to comment further on the depths to be learned from the value of each second in every moment of the day we are given.
If leaders learn to follow the implications expressed by Bucaro, their leadership will abound in blessings far beyond what could be summarized in any additional comments.
Take a moment to read the question with an emphasis on each word separately.
What can we do? What can we do? What can we do? What can we do?
Anthony Robbins said, “What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.”
What do we really believe about ourselves? Do we limit the power of God because we think too small?
Another thought comes from a sign seen a few years ago: What would we do if we knew we could not fail?
Before answering, think about the implications, because with God we cannot fail. An old Chinese proverb claims “limitations are the boundaries we place in our own minds.”
With God, all things are possible. The difficulty for most leaders involves knowing what they believe about themselves, then recognizing that, with God, we can do all things.
We must not only believe it, but live as though we believe it and infectiously influence the lives of others to believe it also.
This is leadership!
To remember is to have an ability to bring to one’s mind an awareness of someone or something that has been seen, known or experienced in the past.
The challenge is how to deal with memories when they come to mind.
Memories are good and bad. There are times, events, and people that we remember fondly because of the joys experienced with them.
There are also times, events, and people we wish we could forget because of the negativity associated with them.
The manner in which we react regarding the recall of those memories influences how we are seen as leaders and the leadership we provide for others.
It would be wonderful if the only memories that came to mind were positive and fond. However, we are all aware it does not work this way.
Memories serve to help us remember both, so we can learn to do a couple of important steps.
1) Repeat what works and is successful.
2) Avoid negative consequences experienced and overcome.
If we can remember to do so, the future will hold greater memories when we recall them.
To be observant as a leader should go without saying. The power associated with an observant leader is deeply tied to its definition.
Alert: When leaders are alert, they are quick to notice anything unusual or potentially dangerous. Various situations will require leaders to be alert and act quickly. The spiritual battle that rages is one that requires leaders to be alert.
Watchful: Leaders who are carefully watching others and the situation are said to be watchful. Followers need those who are careful to look over the lives who are entrusted to their care.
Aware: When there is a knowledge or perception of a situation or fact, leaders are aware. The challenge for leadership is learning to be aware of the background influencing the decisions, actions, and words of others.
Attentive: How fitting is it that to be attentive, leaders must pay close attention to someone or something?
Other ideas could be used, but the basis for which leaders successfully lead is found in being observant. Observant leadership is not easy, it requires diligence, time, patience, and great love.
Love is a word in the English language that has come to have multiple meanings. Most often it is associated with feelings. When couples first date and then marry, the feelings experienced are associated with their idea of love. Sadly, when those feelings change or no longer exist they think they do not love the other person any more.
Biblically, love is so much more, it is about seeking the highest good for the other person. Love cannot be self-directed and direct the actions of others.
When leaders do this, it is generally because selfish motives. Again, this is not love.
When leaders truly understand and lead out of love for the souls of others, there will be sacrifice and determination to see that others find a way to reach heaven. A couple of ideas might help in leading out of love:
Love gives without expecting to receive something in return.
Love seeks opportunity to serve in all situations.
Love desires the best for others, even at the cost of personal comfort.
Let us always lead out of love and know the power it brings to leadership.
Perhaps the title of the post is really an answer to the question, “Why do we lead?”
A number of answers could be given to the question, and we must all examine the answers that one might give. Here are a few possibilities:
There are those who lead for the power. They simply want authority over others to direct and guide their movement.
Some lead out of a crisis. When crisis strikes, individuals are often forced into a position of leadership.
Others lead because no one else will. Sadly, when good and godly leaders do not rise up, others will lead, but it is not always in the right direction.
Still, there are those who lead for the joy of it. They recognize the need, strive to develop godly and Christlike character, and desire to see souls led to Christ. When we combine these three spiritual thoughts, great blessings will follows.
Even Paul referred to those who led with the wrong motives. The challenge for us is to examine why we lead, and learn to lead for the joy of an eternal outcome that is worth the effort.
How many times have leaders been in a position that no matter what decision was made they were condemned? We call this: Catch 22 Leadership.
The result leaves leaders feeling as if they are being shot at from both sides, in front and from behind.
Leaders must be decisive, and they will always have to face attacks from the enemy in front them. However, they should not have to deal with attacks from followers behind them.
Herein lies the challenge of leadership. These situations have caused many spiritual and godly leaders to step down from serving. Sadly, it has also prevented many leaders of the same character from ever stepping up to serve. What can be done to change the direction of this situation?
Pray with and for these leaders.
Always speak well of leadership to others.
Make it a habit to build them up publicly.
When a problem arises, speak to leaders privately.
Encourage those who are godly to lead.
Begin preparing future leaders among the young now!
Good leadership does not happen by accident. We must work to direct the future today.