Using our head to lead ourselves means we:
…think before we speak or act.
…consider the short- and long-term consequences of our words and actions.
…weigh the evidence and ask evaluating questions before making decisions.
Using our heart to lead others means we:
…devote ourselves to learning and serving the needs of others.
…prioritize our time toward maturity in relationship development.
…risk temporary satisfaction for eternal gain.
It is often said, “To lead yourself, use your head. To lead others, use your heart.”
Let us be mindful to lead others with our hearts. Think Souls!
While some leadership styles involve force and manipulation, spiritual leadership thrives on participation. Spiritual leaders rely on the group overall and working together to achieve the goal(s).
Decisions and policies are made by and for the group.
Motivation is based on shared purpose and adequate communication.
Shared representation is built on “we” not “I.”
Participation in the role of leadership involves patience, allowance of independence, assumption of responsibility, and the need of cooperation.
We strive to reach a common goal and need each other if we are to make a difference. Think Souls.
It goes without saying that leaders must make sound and timely decisions. There are two key elements we need to develop with this thought.
The first is the idea of sound decisions. From a spiritual leadership perspective, the soundness of one’s decisions is based on a biblical compass.
The second involves the word timely. An impatient, or even impetuous, approach to decision-making can create more difficulty in our leadership. Learning God’s timing helps us greatly.
We build credibility when decisions are made on this basis.
Are we doing the right thing?
Do our decisions reflect our beliefs?
Will we stand up for what we believe?
Does our leadership demonstrate the courage of our convictions?
Queen Latifah once said, “It’s not always easy to do the right thing. But, doing the right thing makes you strong, it builds character, it forces you to make decisions based upon your beliefs and not what other people think. In life, and in business, you have to stand for what you believe in and sometimes you have to stand alone. But, what makes you a leader is having the courage of your convictions.”
Courage is the choice we make to act upon our convictions at times when doing so moves us into a minority.
Will we answer the questions and take action?
Mountain tops represent the best of life. Our faith is strong and confident. We are positive and easily make decisions.
Valleys bring shadows of darkness. We question our faith, doubt creeps in, attitudes are altered, and we struggle with decisions.
Leaders experience both. Reaching the top and staying there is the path leaders desire to walk.
We are not alone.
The wisdom gained by others is an invaluable gift.
Tomorrow presents new opportunities.
Strength comes from knowing, not emotions.
God still sits on His throne.
We need to focus on the positive, give the negative to God, work on what can be changed, find balance in family, and seek good counsel.
Who determines the scale between 1 and 10? Does it differ from one person to another? Is there a consistent standard allowing for accurate evaluation?
How would we rate on a scale of 1 to 10?
Consistency is a needed virtue. Therefore, consider a couple of factors:
- People rate our leadership (like it or not).
- The rating is determined by ability, decisions, relationships, and previous success.
- We will give an account for our leadership.
- The standard is God’s word.
A change in our rating is up to us. Again we ask, “How does our leadership measure up?”
Someone has said, ”I do not know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
No one wants to experience failure, and many do not lead because they are afraid to fail. If everyone had this attitude, where would we be spiritually? If no one had the courage to lead, even when difficult, what would happen to the church? We know it is impossible to please everyone. Therefore…
Lead with the Bible as the basis for all decisions.
Make decisions with confidence.
Communicate decisions clearly.
Express reasons why the decisions are made.
Understand not everyone will like or agree with all decisions and it’s okay.
When it counts is where athletes learn how good they are…or not. The same is true in leadership.
There is a difference in learning and doing.
When tough decisions must be made, leaders are established.
How mistakes are handled defines a leader.
The response when receiving criticism determines leadership.
Here is where true leadership is discovered. Let us stand strong when our leadership is tested.
There are those who see what needs to happen, those who make it happen, and those who make it happen when it counts. Be a clutch leader.
Can we prove our leadership? The question implies a measure of evidence. To claim we are a leader does not make us a leader. Simply because people follow out of compulsion, does not identify us as a leader. Wearing a title does not make us a leader, either.
What evidence can we produce to prove our leadership? Are people willing to follow?
The proof of our leadership may best be determined by our answers to the following questions.
Do we possess a love for those who follow, seeking their highest good?
Are our goals driven by spiritual or selfish desires?
From what basis do we make our decisions?
Examining the proof of our leadership identifies both how we lead and the nature of our leadership.
Decisions are part of life. Every day is filled with decision-making. Sometimes the decisions are quick and easy to make. Other times they are difficult and require a great deal more thought.
We understand that many decisions have little consequence: what to eat for breakfast, what clothes to wear, etc.
Other decisions, however, carry great consequence: the choice of a spouse, where we live, our occupation, raising children, etc.
There is one decision that is extremely consequential and that is the decision to follow Christ. This one decision should be the foundation for all other decisions.
As leaders, we carry a responsibility that is twofold: 1) we must be about leading others to the decision of following Christ, and 2) we must also lead others to make every decision that guides their life based on that one decision.
The next time we think about a decision, let us take a moment to determine how this decision will influence others and if it will fit within the twofold responsibility as a leader for Christ.