Leading is a gift best given, not received. Calvin Coolidge said it best, “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
The Western mindset generally leans more toward what we receive. After all, “What’s in it for me?”
True leadership and honor are connected to giving.
When we give ourselves to the task of leading others, then the spiritual outcome saves souls.
We need leaders. We need spiritual leaders. Will we give ourselves to leading others today?
This is where honor is rewarded. Think Souls!
We live in such a self-centered world. Our efforts and concerns are primarily structured around a what’s-in-it-for-me mentality.
This mindset is subtly developed and so difficult to overcome. Albert Pike said, “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
Think about the significance of this thought in relationship to spiritual leadership. We fail miserably and our legacy is meaningless unless we learn from this thought.
All we do should be done for others. This is what truly lasts. Think Souls!
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!
Transparency in leadership is often challenging.
Transparency means we take instruction and make application to ourselves first, without an emphasis upon others.
Transparency instills confidence in others that our efforts, both personally and professionally, are always for the good of the whole.
Transparency involves the type of openness in our communication that lays everything on the table, good or bad.
We need greater transparency in leadership. This is the example we find in Jesus, and it is exactly how we should approach our leadership in the church and world today. 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.
Is it possible to lead others without knowing them? Leadership requires an awareness of the dreams, aspirations, hopes, desires, and personal goals of others in order to lead them well.
Then, leaders can look out for their well-being. It has been said, “If you take care of those under you, they will take care of you.”
Needs are categorized by physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual areas, and leaders know the necessity of each.
Godly leaders know it is essential to prioritize with a focus on the greatest need. Think Souls!
We cannot read Paul’s letters without connecting the word zeal or zealous to him. To be zealous is to have great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.
God’s grace in our lives should create a zeal driven to lead those who are outside of Christ to Him.
Our leadership can fulfill many purposes from caring for the underprivileged to encouraging the faithful.
Both are essential!
However, little compares to fulfilling the purpose of leading those who need the Lord into a relationship secured by His grace. Think Souls!
We have all heard someone say, or perhaps said ourselves, “Just a second.” Usually, we use this phrase when we are busy and someone else (generally our children) want our attention.
The value of time is priceless.
For adults, all we know and comprehend is time. The value we place on it is generally based on what we can earn in a space of time.
However, a time is coming when time will no longer exist. We need to understand that how we use our time now determines our eternity.
Make the most of time…Think Souls!
Leaders must not think small. Leaders must think big!
William Arthur Ward once said, “Nothing limits achievement like small thinking. Nothing equals possibilities like unleashed thinking.”
Small thinking overlooks opportunities.
Small thinking shackles the abilities of others.
Small thinking creates an “impossibility” mindset.
Small thinking places limitations on God.
If the church is to see the power of God at work through her to accomplish His will, we must stop thinking small. God needs leaders who think and plan big, work incessantly, and trust God to empower and deliver.
In spiritual leadership, matters of importance are usually set aside for what appears urgent. A friend of mine calls it the “tyranny of the urgent.”
These matters become a distraction, often in the form of emails, texts, phone calls, PMs, and more.
We place immediacy, a sense of urgency, prioritizing these less important matters when, in reality, they are not important.
When we examine our spiritual leadership, what is important or urgent? What requires our immediate attention and action? Do these matters distract or aid us in what is most important?
We need to take what is truly important and make it urgent! Think Souls!