Beware of the 'Used to' Type Leader

'Used to' pastors can really slow a church down.
'Used to' pastors can really slow a church down. (Flickr )

We all know leaders who live in the past, who dwell on what's already happened, who believe their best days are behind them and drag everyone around them into the mosh pit of the past. 

That's not great leadership. 

Honor the past, but don't dwell on it. Your leadership needs to be all about the present and the future, and not focused on the past. Don't be a "used to" leader! 

"Used to" leaders are inconsistent.

A "used to" leader is someone who lives in the past, and has drifted away from commitments they once made.

"Used to" leaders are always talking about how, or when I was around, or remember that time we ...

  • I "used to" workout.
  • I "used to" have a regular prayer time.
  • I "used to" be a hard worker.
  • I "used to" date my wife/husband on a regular basis.
  • I "used to" be a learner and read consistently.
  • I "used to" read the Scriptures daily.
  • I "used to" have fun with my kids.
  • I "used to" be a good friend and carve out quality time. 

I want to be an "I am" leader. I want to be an "I will" leader. Making it happen today. Making it happen tomorrow. Focused on today. Being present.

Don't be a "used to" leader.

Push into the "am" and "will" and disregard the "used to!"

Brad Lomenick is president and key visionary of Catalyst—a movement purposed to equip and inspire young Christian leaders through events, resources, consulting and community. Follow him on Twitter @bradlomenick.

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