Leadership can look different depending on the particular situation. No matter what the situation a leader may be in, he or she must cast clear vision, assess circumstances, make decisions, receive critique, serve the individual needs of each team member and potentially many other things.
I have tried to take the idea of leadership and simplify it to four main ideas that can help me work through most situations. I just remember that I am there to LEAD.
L – Listen to Jesus and Do What He Says
The idea here is simply to consider the situation and compare it to God’s word. I can also seek counsel from others who may have more insight into what the bible might have to say about things. My hope is to trust God at His word and act in a way that is consistent with what Jesus would do if He was in the same circumstance.
E – Energize and Equip My Team
As the leader, I need to bring the most positive energy to any challenge that my team is facing. I can’t let my team or the situation keep me from being a positive energy catalyst. If I am not optimistic, I cannot expect the individuals on my team to be either.
In addition to bringing the positive energy, I must also bring the resources my team needs to do whatever they’re being asked to do. It would be cruel to place demands on my team and not resource them in the ways that are necessary to meet those demands. If I can’t supply the appropriate resources then I must relieve them of the demand.
A – Always Be Paying Attention
A leader should keep their head up and be taking in as much information as possible. A leader should always be asking the question, “Is this the best it could be?” It could pertain to a person or a process. When things or people don’t seem to be at their best, then its my job to help make it better.
I love this promise from the bible:
Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks; “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.”
These verses are simply saying to pay attention and make changes when necessary. If we’ll do this and not stubbornly plod along when we realize things aren’t at their best, then we will receive greater wisdom as we move forward.
D – Develop
I need to be keenly aware of what I need to do to be a better leader. I also need to be aware of and encouraging those on my team to get better too. If everyone is looking for ways to develop their character and skills, then the team’s unity and output will continue to get better too.