Having an ambition to lead is great, but it doesn't produce actual leadership. Taking risks does.
The best leader in the room isn't the one with all the answers. The leader is the one who volunteers to go first and show the way. Every great leader I know has been scorched by the pain of making the hard—and sometimes wrong—decisions.
But the only way to change the world is to take the risks of leadership, such as the risk of:
- Casting a bold, impossible vision.
- Writing the first check.
- Releasing people before they're quite ready to fly.
- Opening up and getting nothing back.
- Opening up and getting slammed.
- Losing consensus.
- Praying the bold, public prayer.
- Choosing a conviction over compromise.
- Confessing a wrong turn.
- Wasting time on a failed endeavor.
Real success stories are never built out of an unbroken chain of successes. They're pieced together with wins and losses, tough seasons, temporary setbacks, and half-dead dreams.
Successful leaders push through. They keep going. They trust one more time.
They try one more time. They take the risk, embrace the pain, and celebrate recovery along the way.
Stop thinking of leadership as synonymous with continual victory. As long as you define leadership this way, you'll do whatever it takes to not mess up. And if you can't mess up, if you can't bear to take the risk of messing up, don't bother volunteering to go first.
Brandon Cox has been a pastor for fifteen years and is currently planting a church in northwest Arkansas, a Saddleback-sponsored church. He also serves as editor of Pastors.com and Rick Warren's Pastors' Toolbox, and authors a top 100 blog for church leaders called "Rewired: Using Technology to Share God's Love."
For the original article, visit pastors.com.
Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.
Dr. Steve Greene is now sharing stories, teachings, and conversations with guests who lead with love on Love Leads, a new podcast. Listen now.
Help Charisma stay strong for years to come as we report on life in the Spirit. Become an integral part of Charisma’s work by joining Charisma Media Partners. Click here to keep us strong!
Dr. Mark Rutland's
National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL)
The NICL is one of the top leadership training programs in the U.S. taught by Dr. Mark Rutland. If you're the type of leader that likes to have total control over every aspect of your ministry and your future success, the NICL is right for you!
FREE NICL MINI-COURSE - Enroll for 3-hours of training from Dr. Rutland's full leadership course. Experience the NICL and decide if this training is right for you and your team.Do you feel stuck? Do you feel like you’re not growing? Do you need help from an expert in leadership? There is no other leadership training like the NICL. Gain the leadership skills and confidence you need to lead your church, business or ministry. Get ready to accomplish all of your God-given dreams. CLICK HERE for NICL training dates and details.
The NICL Online is an option for any leader with time or schedule constraints. It's also for leaders who want to expedite their training to receive advanced standing for Master Level credit hours. Work through Dr. Rutland's full training from the comfort of your home or ministry at your pace. Learn more about NICL Online. Learn more about NICL Online.