Every leader that has any kind of growth under their belt desires to grow to the next level. A good leader is always pushing themselves to grow, excel and learn new things. While all of that is good, none of it happens without strategic intervention and steps on the part of the leader. It takes that to make real progress.
The Bible says,
“Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.” -1 Timothy 4:15
I’m sure you’ve read up on how to lead in accordance with God’s will. You’ve probably done all that God has commanded leaders to do. So, now what? We’re not meant to strive toward one goal and spend the rest of our time spinning our wheels. Laziness is a good way to go nowhere fast.
Galatians 6:9 says,
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
What does that mean? It means that weariness is a choice. We get to choose if we are going to become weary and give up. However, there’s good news in that verse. We WILL reap in due season if we don’t give up! Your “due season” is coming! That should make you shout! God promises you are going to reap if you don’t quit. That means keep pressing forward into new things.
We should never settle for second best. If we refuse to move out of our comfort zones, how can we ever grow? It’s all about continuously pressing forward. As we lead others, we always need to be looking for ways to take our leadership to the next level.
If you truly want to go above and beyond in leadership, the first thing you need to do is an inspection.
What have you accomplished? What are you accomplishing now? Where are you headed? More importantly, examine your heart. The Bible says that we will be known by our fruits. If we lead with the wrong intentions and a lack of integrity, it will show through the people that we lead. Masterful leadership requires patience, integrity, diligence, and unrelenting faith in God. Are all of these in your inventory? We cannot hope to move forward until we have dealt with all the issues of the present. The next level is not available to us until the one we’re on has been mastered.
Next, ask God to lead you in the right direction.
If God has called you to do something, keep doing it until He shows you something else. When we’ve been doing the same thing for months or even years, we often question if that is what we’re really supposed to be doing. Sometimes we have to be patient and work with what we have. Other times, we have to open our eyes to the opportunities around us. However, no matter what, God’s timing is perfect. If you’ve been praying for change and progress, and it just hasn’t been happening, maybe it’s not the right time. Trust God to lead you when the time is right.
If we trust in God and work toward what we want to accomplish, we will move forward- just not always when we want to.
Romans 8:25 says,
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
You could have all the godly qualities of a leader, but if you don’t have the patience to use them correctly, you have nothing. Just when you think you’ve reached the peak of what righteous leadership is, there will always be new challenges to test your strength in your relationship with Christ.
That being said, when times are good, keep praying and staying in the Word in order to grow in every aspect of your life, including leadership. When times are bad, do the very same. The best way to take your leadership to the next level is to get serious about your faith… get serious about who you are as a leader… and get serious about real growth in your life.
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As always, Expect Success!