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Next time you question your abilities to pursue your God-given vision , consider the story of Moses:

Moses said to the LORD, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD ? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” Exodus 4:10-13

Moses was used of God to do incredible things for God’s glory, yet Moses, more than many leaders I know, questioned his own abilities. He lacked confidence and would have probably never volunteered for the job. His reasons might have been:

  • Past failure
  • Fear
  • The task was overwhelming
  • He was intimidated by the Asker
  • He felt unqualified

What’s your excuse for not obeying the vision God has placed in your heart? Is it really a valid reason? Not to sound cheesy or anything, but perhaps you need to do as Moses did…walk by faith, not by sight. Don’t allow the fear of failure to consume what could be, think about it… often times in our relationship with God we have to have a setback before we have a comeback!

As I have recently read a phenomenal book called “Leadership & Self-Deception (Getting out of the Box)” it gave me a very raw and real look at myself and leadership in general. I recommend this book to everyone, whether you are a leader or not!

Some of the lessons that I gleaned from reading this is that too often in leadership we want to get the ultimate goal accomplished but in doing so we start seeing people as objects and not people. I know it seems like such a simplistic idea, but honestly we do it all the time. We EXPECT the people that help us to DO what is asked of them with no personal connection nor understanding if in fact the work doesn’t get done.

However, above all to be an effective, impacting and an influential leader you must above all else be transparent with your team that you lead! You cannot expect anyone you lead to be more transparent than you. If the leader doesn’t become relevantly transparent your group will become more and more disconnected. We need to always improving in this area. No excuses, or justifications. If you do not then  we will always blame others of their shortcomings to justify my failure to improve.

Pastor Ron Edmondson wrote a wonderful blog on what it means to have a good and healthy organization/ church staff. I could not look over this and not share it, I hope you are able to apply this and enjoy these fundamental principles.

“I love organizational leadership as a subject and I am happy to serve on a healthy team. It’s amazing how many church leaders I know that say their team is not healthy.  Recently I started wondering why it is that I claim our team is healthy and it led me to this post.  Here, in my opinion, are 10 elements of a healthy organization/team:

  1. A shared vision is held by all team members.
  2. Team members and their individual ideas are equally valued.
  3. Leadership development is a part of the strategy.
  4. The organization readily embraces change and risk taking is encouraged.
  5. Team members are continually energized and encouragement flows freely.
  6. It’s a fun place to hang out…people enjoy their work and relationships are deeper than just the professional environment.
  7. Mistakes are considered part of the learning process.
  8. The structure doesn’t limit growth, but provides healthy boundaries.
  9. There is a freedom to offer constructive criticism, even of top leadership, without fear of retribution.
  10. Conflict is not discouraged, but used to make the team better.”

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
  • RT @stevenfurtick: From your perspective, failing makes you a failure. But from God’s perspective, your dream may have to die for His plan… 1 year ago
  • No matter how many times you've blown it- there's nothing you could do to make God love you less. #grace #Freedom 1 year ago

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