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I’m a huge fan of Winston Churchill. He was a fighter who refused to give up or give in. He came back from defeat to lead the British against the Nazis; and he fought depression most of his life. Yet he was an incredible inspiration to millions of people. One of my favorite quotes has a lot to say about each of us:

“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” – Winston Churchill

The questions we have to answer in response are:

  • Are we ready for that moment?
  • If not, what do we have to do to be ready?

I thought of some questions that we could ask to help improve the ministries/people we are leading in our environment:

  • What are we doing that we should stop doing?
  • What are we NOT doing that we should start doing?
  • Who is doing something we need to learn from?
  • What are we doing that has become outdated?
  • Are we avoiding any problematic issues (elephant in the room)?
  • What are our blind spots? (Have I been praying that God shows me my blind spots?)
  • What do we have to celebrate?

Humility is by far the most needed element in any leader’s life – no matter how big or small a leader you are. Too many times people confuse being upfront and loud makes a good leader, when, in fact, it is often the humble leaders who are the most influential. However, the “Catch 22” with humility is, the second you think you are doing well, as a leader, is the second you have “lost it”. We, as leaders need to constantly pursue, and understand what it means, to be humble in our own life. Your leadership will go twice as far, twice as fast, when you’re more concerned about others.

This topic of humility is by far my favorite topic of discussion; because, it is the number one trait that Christ showed throughout his life and, also, the trait that he never talked much about. So I thought today I would give you some of the most powerful quotes on humility (from various pastors):

“Humility is honestly assessing ourselves – in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness.”

C.J. Mahaney

“The real issue here is not if pride exists in your heart; it’s where pride exists and how pride is being expressed in your life.”

C.J. Mahaney

“Humility is NOT sharing your strengths; it’s showing your weaknesses.”

Jim Malouff

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.”

Rick Warren

“A true test of your humility is asking your friends what kind of character you have.”

Chris Lambuth

Dictionary definition:  Humility – “Estimate of one’s own importance.”

Humility is something we HAVE to strive for everyday, for that is what Christ showed wherever he went and whoever he was with.

Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

Philippians 2:3-4 (MSG)

“Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant.”

Matthew 23:11 (MSG)

This is the second part to Pastor Shawn Lovejoy’s Leadership Practices, and certainly, by far, my favorite and the most convicting piece of leadership excerpts that I have read. I hope it helps you define your leadership that much more clearly.

“Leaders never do what’s best for them, but what’s best for the organization.”

For some of us, this statement makes a lot sense. Others struggle with this. Few of us understand the implications of this leadership practice. To live this way, however, it will often mean that:

  • I must be willing to take blame and give away credit
  • I must balance results with the relationships I have with my team(s)
  • I must value being respected over being liked
  • I must value effectiveness over personal comfort
  • I must value the organization’s mission over my own
  • I must understand that being a leader WILL cost myself and my family (it always did in the Bible)
  • I must understand that the best thing I give to my organization is a healthy me and a healthy family
  • I must live my life the way Jesus lived. He NEVER put his desires first

**I would love to know what you think about these leadership practices; or, if you would add one, so please leave a comment.

I love to read a lot of leadership blogs to get an edge on my own leadership and get a fresh perspective on what it means to be a leader. This is all from a pastor named Shawn Lovejoy from Mountain Lake Church in Cumming Georgia.

– Leaders pray about decisions

– Leaders NEVER do what’s best for them, but what’s best for the organization

– Leaders work harder than anyone else

– Leaders are more disciplined than everyone else

– Leaders are willing to sacrifice more than anyone else

– Leaders don’t shy away from making tough calls

– Leaders realize that the people that got you HERE usually won’t get you to THERE

– Leaders are honest, even when it’s hard

– Leaders love people

– Leaders believe in who God made them to be and are confident in their identity

Twitter

  • The best path to your dream isn't seeking a position of leadership; it's posturing yourself as a servant #humility #bethebest 9 months ago
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