Numerous questions exist when thinking about leadership in the next generation. Tim Elmore’s book, Habitudes, uses images, relatable stories, and experiences that are designed to help the next generation of leaders form the right habits and attitudes.
A few questions need to be considered within the realm of spiritual leadership: what are we doing to make a difference in the direction of the church for the future? How are we preparing the next generation to lead? We need more than a conviction of the situation. We need to take legitimate steps to change the crisis we face in the current generation. Let us lead with that in mind.
Leadership and the discussion about change seem to go hand in hand. Yet, we find an extreme contrast in the way our world thinks about change, and there is often much resistance to it.
Every breath introduces some form of change; our bodies constantly change from conception to eternity; the earth changes with every turn on its axis; and every organizational decision produces change.
For some, the idea of change will always represent moving into a bad place. Maybe the reason is because the approach has been to tear down or destroy the past. Perhaps the positive side of change can be realized if we do not remove the old, but use it as a foundation to build toward the new.
Dan Millman says, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
We can accomplish great things when we look through a different lens.
One down and fifty-one to go. Weeks clip by amazingly fast, and before you know it we will face another new year. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, lets consider the next fifty-one weeks.
Most of us are adjusting to routine again after the holidays, and that is good. Take a deep breath and relax for a second.
Instead of adding another activity, responsibility, or assignment to our full-plate, what if we considered ways to eliminate something that helped simplify our lives?
The thought can be frightening, because it is challenging. However, if we prioritize life just a bit, we might find that removing areas on the fringe not only simplify life, we also de-stress it.
Imagine the benefit to our leadership.
I love a thought expressed by Henry Ford, “Don’t find fault; find a remedy.” In the sports world, we find more than a few “arm-chair” quarterbacks, coaches, and officials. We seem to believe we have a better understanding and view of how the game should be played in the comfort of our home, as opposed to the heat of the battle on the field.
The church often follows the same pattern. If we are not careful, we can easily find more faults with the church than can ever be solved. However, recognizing areas of concern or fault does not change anything. It is time we stand up and present a solution. Perhaps, we might modify the thought by saying, “Don’t find fault, unless you plan to present a remedy.”
Moving someone from where they are to where they need to be is a foundational stone to growth. Leadership exists when these steps are taken. How we use our influence to achieve this leadership is where we honor God in this process. What steps will we take today?
“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” Les Brow
As leaders, how will we use our time? Make the most of influencing others for the cause of Christ. We might just bring hope to someone in a hopeless world.
Happy New Year from The Leadership Project.
As we enter into 2018, more changes are planned for the direction of leadership development. You may have noticed the new logo. More is coming as the long awaited website becomes active this summer. We also plan to unfold more in the days and months ahead. One of the changes involves the nature of the blog posts. Thanks for reading. Stay tuned.