Character is foundational to the success of leadership. We know this to be true, but what is the substance of our character.
Psalm 15:2 contributes three key elements: a way of life, work ethic, and manner of speech. Character is defined by the three phrases.
We must walk with integrity.
We must work righteousness.
Speak truth in our heart.
When the whole of our life and leadership are developed on the foundation of these three areas, our character is being defined as God would define it.
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.
Learning to work through the times when we feel less than our best can be difficult. Jerry West says, “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.”
Remember our purpose. Do not lose sight of why we lead.
Put one foot in front of the other. Getting started helps.
Focus on the goal. The result is worth the effort.
Remain dedicated to finish. It is not how we start, but how we finish that makes a difference.
Leadership motivates us to show up everyday!
People often take on more work than they are capable of handling. We hear “it is just easier to do the work myself.” We keep adding until we cannot carry it all and something breaks.
Is this right way to lead?
Do leaders really help others reach their potential if they add more to their own plate?
Can overall growth occur if only a few do the work?
Leaders must delegate and distribute the load into appropriate hands.
If everyone does their part, the entire load can be carried. When leadership takes on the responsibility of others, eventually a breaking point comes. Guard against it!
When leadership demonstrates generosity, others learn the value of the gift. However, we must consider the nature of our generosity.
Intention: What is the motive behind our gift?
Object: What is the object of our generosity? Work? Family? Church? Lord?
Planned dedication: Is there a purpose planned in the gift?
Action: Are we ready to start giving…now?
Self-examination: What do we lose by holding on to the gift?
These questions help us determine the nature of and need behind our generosity.
Where trust exists, growth, development, and lower costs result.
When we trust someone, everything runs more clearly, smoothly, and quickly. However, when trust is not a part of the relationship, there are challenges to what is said and done by everyone.
One of our primary goals in leadership is to establish relationships built on trust.
Trust increases the amount of work accomplished.
Trust decreases the expenses of the overall task.
Trust builds comfort and confidence.
Trust changes everything.
Take time to read Stephen Covey’s book, The Speed of Trust.
We talk about values. We understand the need for values. We even categorize our values: personal, family, moral, and work.
What are the “core” values of our life?
We face the necessity of recognizing that leadership must be based on these core values.
The determining factor for our core values must be God’s word. When it is, the people who surround us all benefit from our core values.
Our leadership will not grow beyond the level of the values we live by as a leader. Let us make sure our values measure up to the right standard.
As spiritual leaders, we need to love what we do, because the benefits are eternal.
We need to believe and know this is a great work!
Steve Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
The work is far too valuable and important to do just enough to get by, the minimum.
This is God’s work. Let us love it, live it, and invest our lives into it.
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.
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Tonight, we examined Colossians 3:18-4:1. Paul gives the ideals for family and for work, private and public interactions. His pattern still works best. Our society has neglected these ideals and we are reaping the consequences! We hope you enjoy our lesson, but more, we hope it encourages you to live closer to our Savior!
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