“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy
The story of Elijah has often brought great inspiration to me as a leader. This was a man who had a nature like us, yet God worked in incredible, supernatural ways in his life. When he prayed, God answered, in a big way! Drought, rain, fire from heaven, his prayers were precise, powerful, and always accomplished God’s purposes. His was a life that was used tremendously to fulfill God’s purposes and plans. Yet with all the victories he experienced, in 1 Kings 19.4 scripture says, “And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”
This man had just experienced a tremendous spiritual victory and is now curled up in a fetal position asking God to take his life! In his perspective, he was no better than those that are already dead! What an outlook! What happened to this great man of God who only recently was calling fire down from heaven?
He allowed his circumstances to dictate his emotions rather than his relationship to his heavenly Father. Instead of resting in his relationship with God, he began to look at the world around him for his joy, peace and security. When the world seemed to be against him, he erroneously decided that he was the only one left in the world who served God!
Don’t we do the same thing? When the circumstance are not our ideal, or become unbearable, we turn inward emotionally? Inward focus always has a magnifying effect. What we dwell upon becomes bigger than it really should be. Our lows become lower, our highs become higher and it begins to control our lives. We must have a change of perspective in order to restore balance once again. How? Here are 5 starting points to get back on the right track.
Leading others is tough. Leading laterally and leading “up” is tougher still. But “self -leadership” is the toughest of them all.–Bill Hybels
Self-leadership can be defined as the process of influencing self to establish the direction and motivation needed for optimal performance. The person who successfully leads themselves finds that they are not only more confident, but experience job satisfaction and increased performance. Self-leadership is the key to leading a fulfilled life in spite of the challenges the world throws at you!
Even with all the benefits associated with successfully leading ourselves, I find that many leaders have a difficult time leading themselves. They often find themselves feeling inadequate, unfulfilled, and often depressed or discouraged in spite of the accomplishments they have experienced. So how can you successfully lead yourself?
The only way to successfully lead others is to successfully lead ourselves. Take the initiative to make changes in your own life and you will find that your leadership will be much more fulfilling!
Question: Are there more ways to successful self-leadership? What are they? Please use comment box below!
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, (James 1:2 (ESV)).
When faced with the difficulties life throws at us it is easy to turn to a natural response of anger, discouragement, confusion, despair or a combination of all other these. Easily life can cause a person to struggle emotionally, physically and spiritually. James gives a peculiar instruction when he tells us to “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,” (James 1:2 (ESV)).
Count it all joy?? Are you kidding me?? Yet that is exactly what it says! Count it ALL JOY! What is James talking about? The word count is an interesting word it is (ἡγέομαι) hēgéomai which literally means to lead or go before, go first, or lead the way. Metaphorically, to lead out before the mind. In other words it means to lead your mind in the direction it needs to go! Toward Joy!
How? James 1 gives a great foundation for how the believer faces life and still maintains joy. It is only possible if you apply James 1 to your life!
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If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5 (ESV))
When we face difficult challenges, trials, or even life in general, we need assistance to help us navigate the journey! It is comforting to know that we don’t have to face life dependant upon our own wisdom, knowledge, or understanding. Why? Because God has an unlimited amount available to us! The only requirement attached to this great treasury is that we ask! Why do we have to ask? When we ask, it means that we trust that He knows how to take care of our lives and situations the best. Remember Solomon when he said: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. (Proverbs 3:5–7 (ESV)) The wisdom that God gives is: …first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. (James 3:17 (ESV))
When we depend on God’s wisdom rather than our own, we find peace which passes all understanding. Why? The pressure is on Him not on us!
Every leader feels the need at one time or another for a tranistion to take place in their organization. Whether it is a church or a business, each of them require the leader to factor in the human dynamics that accompany this kind of change. Developing a transitional strategy will take into account ten specific areas which often cause people to resist change.
People often resist change because:
If a leader takes the time to address these challenges and develop a strategy for meeting the needs of those involved in the change, they will find that transitions become easier to manage.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” Jeremiah 31:3 (ESV)
What a wonderful promise! God has, does, and always will love us with an everlasting love! It’s the kind of love that cannot be bought or sold, earned or bartered for. It’s a love which God grants because of His unmerited favor on your life!
Because He loves you, He will also be faithful to you. No matter what! He has never failed you and He won’t fail today or tomorrow. Throughout eternity he is going to always be faithful to you! Thank God He will never leave you or forsake you!
Leaders must possess many traits that will assist them in their leadership position. But if you were to narrow them down to three specific traits that are nonnegotiable for a leader to be defined as a success, they would be:
“Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.”
Hebrews 10:35–36 (ESV)
This is an incredible promise to the believer who trusts and serves God with all their heart. That we have a great reward waiting for us in eternity. Spending an eternity with Him! The hope and joy that this instills into the life of the believer should not only be their foundation, but the most contagious of all their traits.
But this promise also comes with specific conditions of which a true follower of Christ must display, confidence (or faith) and endurance (or persistence). Confidence means that we have faith and trust in God with our lives and endurance means that we will persistently press on in our relationship with Him, faithfully following His will. When these conditions are met in our lives, heaven is truly ours!