3 Things Every Leader Must Know

Female Mallard Duck (anas Platyrhynchos) And DucklingsAnyone who ever thinks leadership is easy has simply never been a true leader. Whether at home or on the job you’re gonna have to make tough decisions. Not every decision you make will be popular, but you’ve got to do what’s best and trust God with the rest. If you know something needs to be said, say it. If you know something needs to be done, do it.

First of all, make sure you’re leading by example. When your actions are out of line own up to it. Admit your own imperfections and strive to demonstrate integrity in all you do. Then, those you’re trying to lead will respect your honesty and integrity. No leader is without weakness or mistakes. However, we must always strive to practice what we preach.

Secondly, deal with things early and often. Anytime you let issues grow they only become bigger and bigger. God put it on my heart a few years ago that I must deal with the small fires before they become wildfires. For example, if you ignore unacceptable behavior now from your children you will deal with utter chaos later. There is no such thing as a part time leader. You must always keep your head and heart in the game.

Last, but certainly not least you must stay humble before God and others. No one wants to listen to a know it all. Our attitude does determine our altitude. We must ask God to lead us so that we can lead others. Pride will always go before the fall. When we think we’ve got it all figured out we stop learning and praying earnestly for God’s help. Don’t ever forget where your help, strength, and wisdom come from. Only things God made will last.

“Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.” (1 Timothy 3:1)

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