Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Leading From The Front

A few days ago as I was going through my typical routine of checking my email, I came across this article, and it got me thinking on leadership and what it really means to lead, both in the workplace, in church, and in family.

I'm young; I've only had seven jobs in my life.  But in that experience, I've seen many different leadership styles by a plethora of managers, supervisors, and just about any other job title you can think of.  I've had bosses who outwork their employees every second their on the clock.  Employers who lead by example.  They expect the same effort out of their employees that they put in.  I put my all into those jobs.  I've had bosses who live by the mantra of "do as I say, not as I do."  I don't enjoy working for companies ran like that.  While I should have still put in all my effort into those jobs, I usually didn't.  Don't get me wrong; I still worked hard, but I stopped short of giving it 100%.  My rationale behind that is that if it's not important enough for them, it's not important enough for me.

Likewise, in the church, I've seen pastors and leaders who try to lead from all across the spectrum.  Obviously, I'm much more apt to follow those who believe in a "do as I do" instead of a "do as I say" style.  I have left ministries and churches over this issue.

Competent, integrity-filled leaders are kind of a big deal.  It's one reason why I work where I work and I go to church where I go to church.  But leadership in public settings like a church or workplace are secondary.  True leadership begins in the home; that's why poor leaders typically have a poor home life.  Leadership truly begins in the home.  And that's where the personal application of this all hit home for me.  It doesn't matter what I do for a church or what I do at a job; if I can't truly lead my own family, then what good am I?  I have been truly blessed with a beautiful wife and daughter.  Am I living up to the job?  I think and hope so, but I'm going to keep improving as best as I can

What about you--what do you find to be the hardest part about leading?

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