Leaders don’t have the option of quitting when life gets difficult.
We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Loss of a loved one. Wrecked the car. Unwanted medical diagnosis. Family drama. You name it…we have all experienced an untimely life difficulty right in the middle of a season when more than usual is demanded of us as leaders. It never fails. Maybe it’s an outreach event, speaking engagement, or project deadline. Or maybe it’s launching a new ministry or planting a church (that one’s mine).
So, how do we continue leading through a challenging season without losing our sanity, credibility, and family?
Here are 3 critical steps I’ve used recently.
1. Evaluate | No matter how much you feel that you don’t have even 5 minutes to yourself, take time to stop, breathe, and evaluate your current situation. Inventory the season you’re in so that everything is on the table. Otherwise, we fall into the trap of simply running around putting out fires as our task lists seem to multiply like Gremlins (you might not get that reference if you’re under 25).
2. Adjust | Now that you’re breathing again and can hopefully look at the big picture objectively, there are likely some adjustments that need to be made. Say this with me, “I am not Superman!” Furthermore, you are not Jesus either. Now, take 1 to 3 items off your plate. Don’t have a coronary. I’m not saying this is forever…just long enough to get you through this season ALIVE.
3. Move forward | If you have actually done #2 and taken the ‘appropriate’ items off, you should be feeling a huge weight lifted. Next, simply inform those people who need to know and how this adjustment might effect them. This does two things. It provides others clear communication about you as a leader and how you are prioritizing your time. It also builds in accountability. When others know our plans it helps us actually stick to those plans. We know they will be checking up on us.
What would you add? What has worked for you.
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