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For the majority of people, they see leadership from a “lime-light” perspective. The preacher on stage, the author who gets to sign books, the conference speaker, etc.

What they don’t see is all the behind-the-scenes stress. The late night writing binge to finalize a deadline, conflict management, financial stress, fear of speaking in public even though you do it every Sunday. 

One of the hardest aspects of leadership for me is knowing that for me to lead well, I will disappoint people in process. It’s simply impossible to please everyone all the time. A healthy church grows, but a healthy church also see’s people leave. Its very sad and I wish it was not reality-but it is, therefore I must deal with it.  

You can’t lead well and expect everyone to be alright with all the decisions. Very few people understand the totality of leadership. Most folks are very focused on their passion and the area they want to serve in, but they take no account that every organization has multiple streams therefore leaders have to manage all of those streams. For a church I have to manage our finances, kids, staff, worship, small group, assimilation, administration, vibe, web-presence, Sunday gathering, etc. Of course we have people over these areas, but Jeff and I still have to think about them. 

So please remember…The second you try and please everyone, you’re actually hurting the overall organization. Yes that stings…But at the end of the day if you want a healthy organization, you have to put the overall vision first and people’s feelings second. 

You sure you wanna be a leader?

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2 Comments

  1. Interview Request

    Hello Dear and Respected,
    I hope you are fine and carrying on the great work you have been doing for the Internet surfers. I am Ghazala Khan from The Pakistani Spectator (TPS), We at TPS throw a candid look on everything happening in and for Pakistan in the world. We are trying to contribute our humble share in the webosphere. Our aim is to foster peace, progress and harmony with passion.

    We at TPS are carrying out a new series of interviews with the notable passionate bloggers, writers, and webmasters. In that regard, we would like to interview you, if you don’t mind. Please send us your approval for your interview at my email address “ghazala.khi at gmail.com”, so that I could send you the Interview questions. We would be extremely grateful.

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    Ghazala Khan
    The Pakistani Spectator
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  2. Dude love the post!

    How can we take this information and let it empower people…?

    If someone is leading you – and you feel like they made the wrong choice – or it hurt you… how do we push forward and trust that the decision or direction, while it might not seem “perfect” – that it’s only as a team we manage to fight through it?

    I think I just answered my own question with the same question! 🙂

    Scott


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