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by Bob and Debby Gass

‘If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously.’ Romans 12:8 NLT

As a leader, here are three things you shouldn’t do:

(1) You shouldn’t be afraid to try something new. (See Isaiah 43:19). When you are put into a leadership role, it’s inevitable you’ll make mistakes, but think of it as an opportunity to learn. Someone has seen leadership qualities in you. So, trust yourself to do the job and allow yourself the freedom to explore new possibilities.

(2) You shouldn’t confuse individual loyalty with team building (see 1 Corinthians 3:9). It’s good to work closely with key individuals, but it’s also important to stay ‘connected to each other.’ (Romans 12:5) You must make sure that everybody gets to be on the team, feels valued, and learns how to interact with one another.

(3) You shouldn’t try to micromanage people. (See 2 Corinthians 7:16). There is a difference between managing people and leading them. Managing people requires an eye for detail, whereas leading them involves vision sharing, goal setting, and motivating. And you must know the difference. When you micromanage rather than lead, morale plummets because people need clear objectives and the freedom to figure out how to reach them. Don’t micromanage; it diminishes the sense of ownership those under you and around you need for good team dynamics and problem-solving.

Former Prime Minister John Howard used to joke that he encountered a lot of people who would say to him, ‘I can’t stand you, but at least I know what you stand for’. In his opinion, that was the single most important commodity in a leader.

SoulFood: Exo 39-40 Luke 16:1-18 Ps 135 Pro 7:21-23

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023

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