I don’t know any leader who doesn’t actively seek to improve their skill set. We dig into books, internet articles, and discussion with other leaders to better ourselves. Hours can be spent looking at ministry trends, taking leadership assessments, and digging through the scriptures to identify what a good leader is and does. We invest in our time in conferences and workshops, we seek to the best with the job God has assigned for us.
One of the things I have been focusing on lately, however isn’t the stuff I add into my leadership repertoire but instead the foundations I began with. As leaders we are to be an example to those we lead, and sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our ministry work we can begin to drop the ball. It’s easy to excuse those moments because we have all of this leadership work to do, right?
If I want to lead well, I must begin within. I must lead myself, well.
I must lead myself to church each weekend.
I must lead myself to spend time in the Word, regularly.
I must lead myself to talk with God through prayer.
I must lead myself to relationships with other believers that will strengthen me.
I must lead myself to still waters, quietness where I can HEAR the Lord.
I must lead myself to tend to my household, my husband, and my children.
Recently, a leader shared this statement with me:
You can not lead where you do not go, you cannot lead in what you do not know.