If your church is like mine, there is a continual emphasis on grooming leaders. For some understanding and embracing leadership qualities is very simple for others it will take a little longer to embody these same qualities. Neither is right nor wrong but merely the path that God has put each of us on toward getting to our destiny while being able to effectively lead others. Developing leaders and maturing leaders depends a great on the make up of the leader themselves. What makes a leader a Leader and a follower a Follower?
Brad Lomenick has hit the nail on the head. He posed the following question in his article “Why do we as leaders step out and move into places of the “unknown” when we are in a comfortable niche and established as the dominant force?”
He notes 6 key points regarding risk that I felt were genius:
1. Entrepreneurs and Type A Leaders are never satisfied with the status quo and the “comfortable” niche. They can’t stand to sit still. Their DNA won’t allow it.
2. Stewardship- because what you are running or leading is temporary, and your responsibility is to steward it correctly because others are counting on you. If this requires changing or risking, then you need to step out and continue to push the envelope with what God has given you.
3. Adventure and the power of the pioneer- many of us are wired to be pioneers. To go on an adventure. Pure and simple. The journey into the unknown actually beckons us.
4. Due diligence suggests it’s actually time to move- do your homework, research, talk to people, and take very seriously the idea that you are risking. It’s dumb to step out and change/take a risk if you haven’t properly prepared and surveyed the landscape. But once you’ve done your homework and prepared, then go for it. Many people stifle the actual desire to step out because they spent too much time on due diligence. Risking and stepping out can be calculated, planned and strategic.
5. The power of purpose and calling- it God has called you to something in a new season, then you have to be willing to chase after it. Because of the internal pull of God’s call. It’s a responsibility and an imperative.
6. Leaders are out in front. Being at the head of the pack means you many times end up in the unknown. Where there’s no handbook, no guide, no road map. But being out in front is where leaders are comfortable, and out front is where leaders separate themselves from the rest.
- 7 Ways to Empower Your Team (catalystspace.com)
- The Four Leadership Traits of Highly Collaborative Leaders (leadershipadvantage.co)