If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I have a healthy obsession with leadership. I believe in it, and I am a leader, and I’m striving to be the best leader that I can be.
There’s always Leadership books, quotes, podcasts, blogs, quotes, etc. that are coming to the surface. The lastest and greatest 715 irrefutable, undeniable, infallible, laws of leadership… And I get all caught up in it, I’m not gonna lie. Check this one out:
A leader is never later than 5 minutes early
I love that one, although I can rarely keep to it (being late however is a pet peeve of mine).
Some of my blogging friends have been hitting on Leadership lately, and I thought I’d take a second to respond.
- Jenni Catron posted this, regarding the quote “everyone’s replaceable”, and it’s refreshing to see her point of view.
- I already blogged about this, but Brent had an excellent post on Leader Man Vs. Servant Leader.
- Vinnie has been talking about leadership here and here.
- And lastly, Tim Schraeder, wrote up some notes from Innovate08 here, with what I think are a ton of Steven Furtick quotes. It was the first one that hit me hard: “The capacity of leadership will be found at our ability to endure pain.”
Now that last one doesn’t sound like fun…
I think I understand where Furtick is getting at. I remember Dr. Sam Chand saying something like leadership is the riskiest thing you’ll ever do, because you invest in people and sometimes they just up and leave your organization – then you have to start over. (Something like that). Yes, people are people, and they can & will let you down, and cause you pain. In fact, it’s also been said that “ministry would be easy if it just wasn’t for people”. The problem is is that ministry is FOR people!
So, I’m thinking, what is it that causes pain for leaders? It must be the feeling of betrayal, the hurt of losing someone or something that you’ve invested in, failing at a risk. What about finding out that you’ve been leading people in the wrong direction, and having to say “I was wrong”. What else? I’m really trying to learn something here… If a guy who leads an explosive, growing church says something like this – I want to know what he means.
Bear with me as I’m just trying to break this down mentally. Capacity = Volume. So we all want to lead more, to grow (for us church people – we want to see tons of people come to Christ and build the church). So we want to increase our capacity. But this will be painful, and our capacity will be a direct reflection of how much pain we can endure…
Hmmm. I’ve seen leaders endure pain. But honestly, I’ve seen that most of the time the issues that cause pain derive from themselves and their failures as a leader (myself included). So could that be it? I don’t know, help me out here…