I’m barely 4 chapters into the book Exponential, by Dave and Jon Ferguson, and Chapter 4 on being a reproducing leader has really challenged me. Especially challenging is this list of 12 situations they say indicate that a leader has stopped leading in a given circumstance. I am so guilty of many of them! Praying today that the Holy Spirit helps me remember these when I get back into the office in April, and that He continues to shape me into the kind of leader Jesus was with His disciples, with the multitudes who followed Him, and those who rejected Him. He is our ultimate example and it’s in Him alone I can find the power for real change.
Leadership is lacking when….
- I wait for someone to tell me what to do rather than taking the initiative myself.
- I spend too much time talking about how things should be different.
- I blame the context, surroundings, or other people for my current situation.
- I am more concerned with being cool or accepted than doing the right thing.
- I seek consensus rather than casting vision for a preferable future.
- I am not taking any significant risks.
- I accept the status quo as the way it’s always been and always will be.
- I start protecting my reputation instead of opening myself up to opposition.
- I procrastinate to avoid making a difficult call.
- I talk to others about the problem rather than taking it to the person responsible.
- I don’t feel like my butt is on the line for anything significant.
- I ask for way too many opinions before taking action.