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A Leading Parable…

The parables of Jesus often shed light on great leadership principles. One of those is the Parable of the Tares. Here is what we learn…

The enemy is working against spiritual leaders.

Patience is needed, even when evil grows in the midst of good.

Time will reveal the intentions of the heart.

Light always triumphs over darkness.

Take time to read the parable and think about these principles as they apply to leadership. Leaders must learn to approach and handle these areas with faithfulness to God. The result will strengthen their influence and leadership.

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.

Leading Through Rough Waters…

The task presents an uncomfortable factor. No one likes leading during these times. No one seeks out rough waters to practice their leadership. 

There appears to be no rhyme or reason, but the true test of our leadership occurs in these moments, because they define who we are as a leader and the credibility of the decisions we make.

What will help us navigate these waters?

Remember who we are at the core.

Trust in wise counsel.

Be slow, diligent, and deliberate with all decisions.

Rough waters will come, but we can sail through them if we navigate properly.

Our Leadership Signature…

Most email’s have a signature. The signature generally provides information about who sent the email.

A signature is a “distinctive pattern, product or characteristic by which someone or something can be identified.”

Several words here deserve attention when we think about the purpose of our leadership.

Distinctive: What is it about our leadership that makes it distinctive?

Pattern, product, characteristic: These three terms are connectors within leadership.

Identified: How and by what will our leadership be defined?

Spiritual leadership sets us apart from the world and for use by God. Now that is a signature worth developing.

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.

Cultivating Leaders…

One analogy of good leadership is connected to the law of harvest. Few illustrations are more powerful than planting a seed, cultivating it, and watching it grow into something beautiful.

Here are a few truths to remember.

Leaders cannot always know where the seed is going to land.

Our leadership will have mixed reception.

Perseverance is an essential quality in leaders.

Producing good fruit requires patience from leaders.

Lives are changed by good leaders and it is worth our time to ensure we cultivate the seed properly for good soil to be productive.

Leaders and Debating…

People seem to love debating. They love to debate about politics, religion, personal opinions, various convictions, and current events.

We should not be surprised; it seems to have been around for centuries of time. Socrates said, “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

When pride grows, we no longer debate, but seek ways to slander our opponent in order to win.

Spiritual leaders lose credibility when they willingly attack and slander someone instead of presenting truth in love. 

We tend to think we have a responsibility to expose others for their beliefs, when in reality we need to speak the truth of God’s word.

Event-Oriented Culture…

We mentioned time-oriented challenges yesterday. However, the majority of people live in a more event-oriented culture.

An event-oriented culture does not focus on the convenience of time, or how much time is needed to accomplish the task. The event takes precedence. Therefore, whatever amount of time is needed to finish the event will be given to it. 

There are pros and cons to both cultures and when leaders use the beauty of each, the time to accomplish each specific task becomes the key to success.

When leaders examine the current culture and lead in ways that use the orientation of the individual or group, they succeed in leading them where they need to go.

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.

A Leader’s Temperament…

Temperament involves a person’s nature as it permanently affects their behavior. What kind of nature is permanently affecting our behavior? 

There is an obvious connection to the emotional drive in our lives. This emotional drive could be related to anger or patience, an attitude of discontent or one of contentment, etc.

With both Christian and nonChristian watching every move, it seems significant to consider why we must work to develop the kind of temperament that ensures a behavior of excellence. 

Jesus identified His disciples as the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We use our words and actions to provide an example of temperament controlled by God.