I little while ago a read a book called Exponential by Dave and Jon Ferguson. Written in it were 12 indicators that leadership is lacking that I’ve been referring back to over and over again as a type of self-assessment.
Leadership is lacking when:
- I wait for someone to tell me what to do rather than taking the initiative myself.
- I spend too much time talking about how things should be different
- I blame the context, surroundings, or other people for my current situation
- I am more concerned about being cool or accepted than doing the right thing.
- I seek consensus rather than casting vision for a preferable future.
- I am not taking any significant risks.
- I accept the status quo as the way it’s always been and always will be.
- I start protecting my reputation instead of opening myself up to opposition
- I procrastinate to avoid making a tough call.
- I talk to others about the problem rather than taking to the person responsible.
- I don’t feel like my butt is on the line for anything significant.
- I ask for way too many opinions before taking action.
When I’m feeling timid, I’ll avoid making tough decisions, I’ll resist putting my reputation on the line, I’ll wait for others to step out and take initiative and steer clear of risks at all cost. But that isn’t what God called me to. I have a responsibility to fulfil the position that my church and that God has given me. When I’m lacking courage and confidence as a leader, I remind myself of 2 verses:
Josh 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
2 Tim 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
There are days when I feel I’m guilty of the entire list. My church has shared that this next season at Kerith is about bravery. Stepping out. Taking risks. Going against the flow. Taking initiative. These are all areas that I’m growing into. I’m a work in progress and little by little, as I reflect on this list, I’m choosing to lead. I’m making the concious decision to be brave. I’m choosing to direct and speak up and challenge and drive. And I take comfort knowing that God can do mighty things with a willing heart and an eagerness to grow.