If God did not know you were up to the challenge, He would not have chosen you! Let’s revisit this thought. I continue to pass these words on to those whom I have felt compelled to share with in times of challenges.
There are a number of reasons that we can point out for not moving forward when challenged in leadership; and yes, they sound reasonable at first thought. After all, if you have kept your head on straight, maintained a low profile, perhaps, feel that it has worked well for you – why “rock the boat” or “make waves.”
Still, I would like to point out that this does not mean you are grounded and you are not hurting by challenges in leading; nor does it mean that you are going to escape further pain and more challenges in operating this way. It does, on the other hand, suggests that you are afraid of the possibility of success. My maternal grandmother used to say, “If you are already down to the ground, then up is the best position to take.” Meet the challenge(s)!
Challenges and failures are a part of good success. Oh yes, I am sure you have heard this before. Hearing it is one thing; moving on it is quite another. Overlooking challenges, burying your head, will not help but hinder. Remember, whatever someone else thought about your leadership, chances are you thought that first… and we definitely don’t take God by surprise. So, figure out the priority of your leadership challenge i.e., time, resources, people, regrets, excuses. The answer to challenges is moving forward with a plan.
First, acknowledge that there are challenges in your leadership. For example, you will be challenged by people, especially those who you thought would be there for you, and now they are gone. Loss, confused, feeling abandoned, it happens. Coordinating and securing resources is part of leadership and life.
Second, there are demands in leadership, i.e., demands of your time. Effective, good leadership puts a demand on your time; but time belongs to God. Every second, every minute, every hour, every day – all belongs to Him. Recall that to everything there is a season. If we operate out of season, we will not harvest all that is intended for us. When we allow God to control our time, we feel accomplished and complete. When we allow others to take control of our time, we feel overwhelmed. God wants us to allow Him to be the time manager. Developing a schedule of how to mange projects, modifying as needed, and seeking additional support, will give you more time for reflection and rest. Build in rest and family time no matter the demands of time. Time should not manage you – you should manage time.
Third, in leadership, there is always the challenge of decision-making. Gathering good resources will help you make good decisions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Surrounding yourself with a good team is imperative in decision-making. Not “yes” people. People who are willing to challenge you to get the best results for you lead, are the type of people you want to include.
Develop the art of listening – truly listen. Analyze the pros and cons. King Solomon was known for making great decisions. He recognized as a young King that He needed wisdom from God. God is wisdom so He asked God. He will place the right people in the right place at the right time for your success.
Forth, leadership calls for repentance and forgiveness. This can be challenging. Moving ahead without repairing the breach, can cause more problematic situations. It could weaken the foundation of your leadership. We are not infallible. We make mistakes; we sin and come short of His glory. When we do wrong, we must repent of wrongdoing. Leaders must not be unwilling to say “I’m sorry” and ask forgiveness. Doing so, limits future regrets in leadership and excuses.
Fifth, the lack of resources, is a great challenge. So is, the misuse of resources. Knowing who, when, how, why, and what you need for making decisions and leading is always necessary. For instance, not being willing to embrace change for the best result is an example of a lack of resource in your organization. Being stuck on the idea because it is your idea could trigger a misuse of resources.
Resources go beyond finance. Maintaining a contact list or developing relationships that support your ideals, are types of resources for your endeavors. While it is true that believers know, “The world is His and the fullness thereof, ” if you do not know where in the world you need to go for your resources, the plan could be delayed if not abandoned.
Finally, there is the challenge of ME – the fear to step up your leadership. You are in good company. This trait, hopefully, will lead you to push forward on all of the above. You are wonderfully made for this type of leadership. The believer knows what The Creator has said to a people who hesitated to go forth and made mistakes, “I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you.”
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