Just came back from a one-day Catalyst One-Day leadership conference in Chicago that really challenged my heart. Boy, did I need that! Challenging, pushed, poked, prodded, convicting, and uplifting all at once. If you’re in leadership and have lost your momentum, I’d seriously encourage you to check it out.
I’ve been thinking about leadership for a while. Leadership is so critical for the health of any organization–be it a business, a ministry, a church, or a family. Where I often fall down is when I assume that my leadership is about control. It’s not. (And when I think it is, I’ve had people close to me on my team take me to task to help me understand that it’s not. Admittedly, that’s really humbling, but it’s also really necessary and I’m deeply grateful for a team that cares about me enough to do that.)
Well, if it’s not about control, then what is leadership about? It’s about vision and mission, and clearly communicating that mission and vision to those you are asking to follow your lead.
The wisdom of the Proverbs tells us: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Prov. 29:18). People need clear vision. A mission. Without it, we’re a mess. We aimlessly wander around, wasting all kinds of time, energy, and resources and don’t accomplish our calling in life. We need to understand the direction we’re moving and why.
Most people desire positions of leadership for good reasons. They really do want to make a difference. That’s commendable and honorable. However, far too often, leadership can degenerate into feeling more like having something to prove (your only as good as you last big deal) than having something to offer. I think that happens when we lose focus on God’s mission for us. When it becomes more about us than about Him. When it becomes more our desire to make things happen by taking them into our own hands vs. being available to serve His agenda. Yes, we end up building a kingdom, but more often than not, it’s our kingdom and not His.
The Apostle John captured it most succinctly when he penned, “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30). Translated into the everyday practical world we live in, it’s simple: I must remind myself all the time, “It’s not about me!”
So, how about it? Take the test. The next time you find yourself in a situation that requires you to step up and lead, ask yourself this question: Do you feel more like you have something to prove or something to offer ? Take the test, and let me know how you do.
And remember: if you’ve failed, just admit it (that’s confession). And then celebrate the reality that God has invited us to share in a far better vision than we could have ever imagined on our own. Now that could radically change your vision for your Easter Son-Rise Celebration!