Guest Post by Perry Noble

#1 – Who have I encouraged lately? 

As leaders we can often get caught up into thinking that people know we love and appreciate them.

They don’t!

Taking the time to say “thanks” to people who go the extra mile OR writing them a quick note of encouragement goes a long way.

#2 – Do I care more about who people are becoming or what they are doing? 

Leaders that care more about who people are becoming will lead people rather than drive them. If you’re only interested in what they are doing it will eventually leave a wake of people burned out from ministry.

The result in caring more about who people are becoming is more effective because people ENJOY their work so much more. Healthy staff and volunteers are more fun to work with—and they do better ministry when they are fully charged.

#3 – What is the ONE problem that I know I need to deal with…but have been putting off because it is too painful? 

When it comes to leadership – denial leads to disaster. The Lord does not put problems in front of us just so we can “pray them way.” Yes, we have to pray…but we must participate with The Lord as well by becoming the leader He has called us to be—even when it requires that we make difficult decisions.

#4 – What are the dreams I believe Jesus has placed inside of me?  

When our memories of the past are greater than our dreams of the future…it’s over!

What are the “impossible” things that could only happen if God did such a work that only He could get the credit?

Share these dreams out loud with your leadership team! All too often we refuse to do this type of thing because we fear that “God’s reputation” might be at stake. I learned a long time ago that His reputation is fine…it’s our reputation as leaders that we actually fear taking a hit.

Celebrate the past…but anticipate the future.

#5 – Do I cause fear and uncertainty or joy and excitement when I walk into a room?

If you don’t know the answer to this question…ask the people who work with you.

Some people naturally fear leaders (they never have gotten over getting called into the principals office in middle school.)

However, as leaders we should constantly strive to create a culture of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control!  (A shout out to the Apostle Paul for Galatians 5:22-23)!

Note from Bob:  Perry’s post reminded me of one of my favorite quotes from Bill Hybels:  “Leaders are at their very best when they are developing other leaders!”  What are you doing this week to develop other leaders?

PerryNoblePerry Noble is the Senior Pastor of New Spring Church in South Carolina. His latest book is “Overwhelmed – Winning the War Against Worry.”  You can follow Perry’s blog at: perrynoble.com

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