If we are old enough, we probably remember receiving our first AARP application.
Perhaps we threw it away, denying the reality of aging. Maybe we were excited to receive the benefits associated with an older lifestyle.
While AARP stands for American Association of Retired Persons, we may not feel quite there, at any age. Consider a leadership angle.
Accomplish: Leaders make things happen.
Attitude: Leaders set the tone for everyone. Invest in the right attitude.
Respect: Respect is earned and given. In order to receive it, we must be willing to give it.
Presence: Show up! Our presence provides security and direction for others.
Growing in leadership doesn’t always come with age, but we can work to put all the components in the right place.
Regardless of the activity, children commonly say, “Watch me.” Children want reassurance of a parent’s or grandparent’s presence and approval for doing a good job.
An interesting leadership connection exists in this thought. People want and need reassurance of a leader’s presence and approval for their job performance.
Leadership consists of moving people from point A to point B, and the process in between involves reassurance and approval.
However, we have to consider what we should do if their job performance suffers. Children have the answer, “Help me.”
How is our leadership today?
The thought of leadership and power often creates the temptation to use that power inappropriately.
It is tragic to read or hear of men who succumb to immorality or unethical business practices. In a moment of poor judgment their power is abused and character destroyed.
Consider the awesome God we serve.
Practice His presence… ALWAYS!
Remember that any leadership position was given by God.
Develop an open door policy.
Never say or do anything we would not do in our wife’s presence.
Pray… without ceasing.
Perhaps these few suggestions will help us understand the proper use of the power entrusted to us by God.
David appears to be questioning his own despair and why his soul is disturbed within him. The response is one with great application to leadership today: “Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.”
Two thoughts surround David’s emphasis in this Psalm.
The first is the hope that is only found in God. When leaders place hope in their own abilities, or the abilities of others, disappointment results when they are let down. When their hope is placed in possessions, discouragement is left with when those possessions deteriorate or they are stolen. Therefore, the only source of hope that will never disappoint or discourage us is God.
The second is the expression of help that comes from God’s presence. Scripture reminds us of the omnipresence of God. We are comforted by knowing that He is in all places at the same time. There is no place where God is not. His control over all things and presence in all places provides comfort and confidence.
Leaders must always lead with hope in God and the help of His presence.
“Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express and not for impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.” Author Unknown
Christians have no greater cause than the one of Christ. To work at this cause for self-glorification is counter-intuitive to the plan God provides.
Learning how to express, rather than impress, is a statement for the decades. Too much of the time is given to how we dress, how we walk, the type of car we drive, and the list goes on. Attention to these areas is really more about impressing those who have little bearing on the value of our lives.
A personal favorite is the last statement. We are all familiar with the personality that must be noticed when entering the room, but the power of an absence felt is where the significance of our influence is most recognized.
The author is unknown for today’s thought, but the lasting influence of their words continues to give meaning to our leadership.