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?