I have learned the hard way that leadership is about more than title, it’s about more than being in a role for a long time, it’s even about more than being the oldest person in the room.
Maybe we are in a leadership role or we have a desire to be a leader in the future. Wherever we find ourselves on the leadership journey it is important that we are willing to reflect on our progress.
I have made a quick list of things that I think every leader should reflect upon., especially would-be leaders. They may not be worded brilliantly but I hope you get the sentiment behind them. This is the kind of self-awareness I would rather discover for myself, while praying and seeking God, than have some random person come up and tell me.
Take some time to think about which side of the sentence you fall on?
You want to be a leader who others will follow but are not willing to be the follower of your own leader.
You talk about being an example but are not an example.
You talk about giving but don’t give.
You are happy telling others what needs to be done but not happy to do anything yourself.
You consider your own image and reputation to be more important than that of your team.
You say it’s all about Jesus but when people see you their opinion would be that it’s all about you.
You talk about being teachable but are unwilling to listen to others and learn.
You talk about a need for grace but are unforgiving towards others.
You talk about being a leader but don’t actually lead.
You want to be judged by your intentions while judging others based on their actions.
You are quick to complain about others but not quick to receive the same complaints made about you.
You see the speck as a problem in another’s eye but avoid the honking great tree in your own.
You pay attention to the level of good character and integrity in other leaders while not paying enough attention to your own character and integrity as a leader.
Leadership isn’t easy, not should it be. Like anything we want to be successful at, it takes hard work, determination, perseverance, a lot of honesty and a willingness to learn and to change.
What might you add to the list?