As leaders, it’s all too easy to miss the mark. We may be fully engaged, but are our efforts headed in the right direction?

And truth be told, a leader off-target can deliver a boatload of heartache.

Every leader needs a dashboard—a set of warning lights that signal that the current trajectory needs course-correction.

Over the years – like a squirrel prepping for winter – I have collected a list of questions that serve as my personal leadership dashboard.

I invite you to read them through. Slowly. Prayerfully.

1.    Am I neglecting to create space to hear from God?

2.    Am I forgetting that leading is all about serving?

3.    Am I focusing too much on doing, but not enough on being?

4.    Am I living without margin?

5.    Am I occupying the same space with people, but not really being present with them?

6.    Am I disregarding that the real battles are the unseen ones?

7.    Am I failing to feed my soul?

8.    Am I minimizing the indispensability of solitude and sabbath?

9.    Am I taking credit instead of dishing it out?

10.   Am I toying with the idea that perhaps my blind spots are not that noticeable?

11.   Am I living as if I am bullet-proof to temptation?

12.   Am I forgetting that my leadership is a stewardship, not an entitlement?

This isn’t just a mental checklist; it’s an inventory of the heart. As a leader, we are called to go first. And we are called to go farther.

Here’s a challenge. An invitation.

  • Rehearse the reality that the pathway to leadership longevity resides in an unrelenting commitment to never stop growing.
  • Pick one of these questions that needs to find its way into the CHANGE REQUIRED column of your life and leadership.
  • Schedule a time when you and God can create a game plan—based on His grace and His empowerment.

At the end of the day, your ultimate leadership deliverable is a life that is constantly being remade by the One who alone can change you from the inside out.

What soul-searching question did you find most helpful to your life and leadership?