One of the key principles of leadership involves communication.
When leaders do not keep others informed, suspicion grows, distrust blossoms, doubt develops, and anxiety raises its ugly head.
Spiritually speaking, there is a great need for Christians to be informed by leadership.
What kind of information needs to be provided?
Information about plans for the future, changes to be made, challenges or hindrances facing the plans, and existing needs.
When leaders communicate, trustworthy and loyal relationships develop. It is time for God’s leaders to lead.
Leading with the head and heart can introduce numerous challenges. Although both are needed, caution must be exercised.
Many pilots fly by what is known as IFR (Instrument Flying Rules). IFR involves relying on a plane’s instruments instead of one’s own senses. Certain conditions create a false sense of direction that potentially lead to pilot error.
A leader’s task involves providing direction for others. In order to provide the right direction, preventing error, they must use the God given instrument available.
God’s word is the only instrument needed in order to provide true spiritual direction.
Owning a smart phone presents several challenges, especially when it comes to scheduled updates, which occur frequently. We learn several thoughts:
The speed of change.Technology is changing at immeasurable speeds.
Public demands.Anytime a new tool is released, the public puts it to the tests.
Competition.Everyone must bring their “A game” to succeed.
Spiritual leadership is called to lead people with this influence. Our culture is constantly changing, problems put our leadership to the test, and Satan competes for the souls of humanity. The task before us is not easy.
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Moving beyond the “here and now” presents its challenges. Visionary leadership is rare. Hanz Finzel said, “The higher one is in leadership, the more their work is about the future.”
Our work involves seeing the future and preparing others to reach the goal(s). This requires us to consider a few questions.
Do we know where we are going?
What are our plans to reach the destination?
Are resources available to help us?
Have we assessed the abilities of everyone involved?
Leaders need an awareness of the present, but point towards a greater future.
Challenges are often overwhelming. The various challenges leaders face often distract and/or discourage. During these times, it is important to ask, “Will we finish well?”
Finishing well requires a few simple steps.
Determine the priorities. Discouragement leads to quitting. We cannot allow this to happen. Know what is worth dying for and give ourselves to it.
Work hard. The reason given as the secret to success for anyone in leadership is a simple, but powerful truth. They work hard.
Keep your eye on the goal. Challenges bring distractions. Peter encouraged Christians facing persecution to keep their focus.
How well we finish is just as important as how we begin.
Being a part of the team is special and powerful.
There are challenges, frustrations, thrills, high-fives, and throughout it all, a sense of accomplishment.
Teams are diligent in preparation, hungry to learn, and always focused on the priority.
Teams face the task of changing lives physically and spiritually.
Teams ask questions, discuss possibilities, work on solutions, and make decisions together.
One goal sets before them. One lifetime is given to accomplish the task.
Through it all, one opportunity has been provided to be a part of this team. The Lord knew the difference made by a team.
While the downside may be negative, the upside is positive.
Why is it that leadership cannot always be about the upside? Is there a purpose to dealing with the negative struggles challenging our leadership?
Spiritual leaders know the downside helps in developing an appreciation for the upside.
God’s perfecting power in our lives results from enduring the downside.
The downside is designed to equip us with an ability to help others who are suffering.
The difference is found in the way leadership deals with these challenges. The downside is the fact that challenges and problems will come. The upside is they are only temporary.
Lead with the hope of knowing there is an upside.
Leadership has its challenges, from personal to professional. However, the benefits of spiritual leadership far outweigh the challenges. Consider four lessons behind the mountain top leadership associated with the life of Elijah.
1) Elijah was God’s man. As such, his message only came from God.
2) Elijah was unrelenting when it came to making a choice. Neutrality was not an option.
3) Elijah knew his God, which translated into reliance and confidence.
4) Elijah understood the need to eradicate the influence of evil.
These lessons stand as an example of the mountain top leadership needed today as we strive to honor God and change the world with the power of His word.
This thought must be considered in light of a few questions.
What are we doing about the present condition of leadership? What are we doing about the future of leadership? What are we doing to implement the development of biblical leaders?
We need to give consideration to all possibilities. We must, however, take the answers seriously.
Challenges face every move to improve the situation. Efforts to make a difference are viewed with skepticism toward liberal tendencies.
Doing the right thing in leadership has been squashed under the guise of liberalism for so long, growth has been limited, if not completely eliminated.
Enthusiasm to learn and implement something new or different is sequestered off in the halls of youth and familiarity; “they will eventually learn how things are done around here.”
What are we doing to change eternity, if the only thing we are doing is exactly what we have done for the past 50 years?
This is not implying change for the sake of change. At some point, however, we need to recognize where we are, where we are going, and what we must do to get there.
Once in a while, a thought stands with little need for comment. Such is the case with the following from Christian Larsen. “Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.”
We cannot discuss every are related to leadership. However, there is one thought that threads the entire thought: being strong enough to be the best we can in leading others with a positive focus toward the future.
Leadership will always have challenges and negative influences. When leaders follow the ideas presented by Larsen, the life, focus, and influence on others is powerful.