The thought sounds crazy, right? Can a leader be normal?
We might need to define normal. However, regardless of how we define it, there is nothing normal about spiritual leadership. Why?
Because spiritual leaders…
…are concerned about their influence inside and outside the church.
…live consistently what they believe.
…know God’s mission involves helping people get to heaven.
…work for a cause greater than themselves.
…share in planning and developing goals for spiritual maturity.
…produce results that glorify God and fulfill His will.
Therefore, spiritual leaders are those who live consistently, knowing the work they share in produces God’s desired will.
Does it surprise us when we pray for patience and then experience challenges? The problem is we want patience, but we want it now! Hmmm!
Too often, we expect growth and maturity as though we were ordering a meal at a drive-thru window. We place our order on one side and expect to have it waiting for us when we reach the other side. No patience required, right?
Church growth requires leaders to be patient. The demonstration of patience is a powerful lesson for all spiritual leaders.
In time, the demonstration of such patience and gentle guidance will yield fruit to the glory of our God.
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The idea of a self-differentiated leader may or may not be familiar. Edwin Friedman is one of several authors who has identified a number of concepts associated with a self-differentiated leader.
Three ideas represent a foundation for our consideration.
They know who they are: There is clarity about their life goals and possess a great self-awareness.
They are part of the system, but not controlled by it: They can be separate while remaining connected, manage their own reactivity to others, and are less likely to become lost in the anxious emotional processes around them.
They are able to take stands at the risk of displeasing others: As a steward who balances presence and technique, they have the ability to deal with the super responsible and vulnerable.
Spiritual leaders certainly face situations where the maturity of leadership is needed. The process of developing into a self-differentiated leader is a journey to that maturity.
Within the church, a move to equipping leaders under this umbrella will provide a greater maturity in leadership for the future.
“As leaders, the ability to make the right decision during a stressful situation is made easier by having the right character because all the unethical choices are automatically removed.” Rob Turner
Leaders can count on the fact that stressful situations will come. The obvious concern is wrapped up in how we deal with those situations and the results that follow.
We also know the validity of how our character influences our decisions. Therefore, we must strive to maintain the kind of character that moves us to make the right decisions.
The beauty, however, of today’s thought is described in the last phrase “because all the unethical choices are automatically removed.”
Think about the depth of this thought. When leaders possess and maintain the right character, when stress occurs, the choices are much clearer because any choice that borders on unethical intent is not an option.
The natural design of leadership development needs to begin with character formation if we hope to eliminate future unethical choices. This is true at all levels of leadership growth and maturation.