Tag: Challenges

A Leader’s Sharp Edges…

There are many significant thoughts relating to leadership. One of significance comes from Donald Rumsfeld, “Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.”

We often go to great lengths to avoid what we consider “sharp edges.” We do not search for those challenges, or recommend them to others. 

While leaders do not like dealing with these edges, they know their value to leadership development. 

Sharp edges exist and we will face them at different times and ways. While we do not look for them, we do not avoid them, but learn from them and allow God to work through them to shape us as His leaders.

Leading To Calmer Waters…

No one likes the storms of life. However, there are no exemptions.

Because leaders must face and navigate these rough times, what is needed to help still the waters?

Know we are not alone. Others have faced rough waters before. Learn from and encourage one another when these challenges are encountered.

Reflect on the previous victories. Rough waters help us grow stronger in our relationship with God and others. Each victory strengthens that growth.

Remember to keep the proper priorities. The danger is to drift back to old habits, associations, and involvement in activities that weaken our leadership.

Rely on the navigational instrument God provides where we find the courage to face challenges and steer to calmer waters.

Laying Bricks…

Leadership is rewarding, but it can be difficult. We often spend our time focusing on the negative and challenging areas of leadership. The trick is learning how to turn the negative into positive, to take the challenge and turn it into success.

David Brinkley said, “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”

Brinkley’s thought is a wonderful advice. The ability to take what comes at us as leaders and use it to lay a foundation for the future is critical to success.

It may not be the most pleasurable approach, but the outcome is worth the time in the wilderness.

Leadership and Challenges…

One word that consistently characterizes life and leadership is challenges. The idea speaks to “a task or situation to test someone’s abilities.”

Remember these truths about challenges to our leadership.

We will all face challenges.

Challenges that test our abilities will be unique.

Challenges are temporary.

Overcoming challenges begins and ends at the throne of God.

Challenges always serve a greater purpose.

I do not know of anyone who enjoys challenges, but I do know the result is greatly beneficial to our leadership.

Time-Oriented Challenges…

A time-oriented culture can be tough. Everything has a place and time. Everything begins and ends around the schedule.

A time-oriented leadership also faces many challenges.

In our culture, there is the desire for what is convenient. If the amount of time needed is inconvenient, then it is unlikely people will get involved.

Leaders must work within the perimeters of the time required to carry out the work. Therefore, it is crucial to know the specifics of the needed time for each phase of the work. 

If answers are provided by leaders, then the time-oriented nature of culture can be used to reach the goal.

Leadership Advocacy…

Everyone needs an advocate, a champion, upholder, backer, supporter. The idea involves someone who comes alongside and stands in the place of someone else. Biblically, Jesus is our Advocate.

Consider our position as leaders.

When people struggle with their faith, when people deal with the challenges of life, when others step out to accept responsibility, will we be an advocate for them?

During a time of temptation, personal trial, or spiritual growth, leaders must be an advocate.

The necessity is vital to the development of the Lord’s church. Christians need to know the Advocate they have in Jesus, and they need to know the advocate they have in leadership.