One of the very first decisions I made when I became a leader was I did not want to stop growing. John Maxwell once said, ” Leadership is influence,” and that, “everything rises and falls on leadership.” A lot of times within the ‘church world,’ we focus our attention on the spiritual or character development of a leader. Now, these areas are quite important and I am not trying to negate them, but, sometimes we overlook some of the more practical aspects of leadership, namely effective habits.
Often times leaders are not born, they are developed and I want to share a couple of practical, effective habits I believe every developing leader should have. I have compiled them in no specific order.
1. Personal Reading
this is an effective habit which can increase insight, knowledge and understanding
2. Prayer Life
you position yourself to hear from God. You gain fresh insight and revelation
3. People Awareness
be aware of the world around you
be aware of what others are going through as they may need you to point them to Christ
4. A Continuation of Learning | Developing
as a leader it is important to continue to grow
develop authentic relationships
develop prayer partners
allow others to speak into your life
6. Meeting with a Mentor
you gain a different perspective
someone who will listen to you
you can track your progress
write about what you believe God is calling you to do
These are just a few of the effective habits that every developing leader should develop. What would you add to the list?