Leadership doesn’t come overnight. It takes time, integrity, and intestinal fortitude to become a leader.
J. Oswald Sanders in his book on leadership says, “The reputation of a great leader grows with the years.” Sanders also says, “When a Christian leader full of high ideals lives a holy and joyful life in front of unbelievers, they often want to cultivate a similar experience.”
Myron Rush identifies tough issues facing every Christian leader in The New Leader. We are wise to ponder them slowly.
1. You must be willing to stand alone.
2. You must be willing to go against public opinion in order to promote what you believe.
3. You must be willing to risk failure.
4. You must become master of your emotions.
5. You must strive to remain above reproach.
6. You must be willing to make decisions others don’t want to make.
7. You must be willing to say no at times, even when you’d like to say yes.
8. You must sometimes be willing to sacrifice personal interests for the good of the group.
9. You must never be content with the average; you must always strive for the best.
10. People must be more important to you than possessions.
11. You will have to work harder to keep your life in balance than people do who are not leaders.
Being a leader may not be easy, but it is so very spiritually rewarding
to know that God is using you to have an impact in the lives of others.
✞ Lead, follow, or get out of the way!
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