On Monday morning, I submitted my final paper for this semester of my doctoral program!!! One year down, two more to go!
This year has been richly rewarding and I have learned about myself as a pastoral leader.
There are a couple of insights that I have learned this year that I wanted to share with you. I think these leadership nuggets can benefit you in your own life.
- We are all leaders. At its core, leadership is about influencing others toward a certain end. Some of us lead in our workplace. Some lead at home. Some lead at church or in a civic group. Some lead as a coach. Some lead as a mentor. No matter where we lead, leadership development is important.
- Leadership requires emotional, psychological, and spiritual health. We all know leaders, whether that’s a boss, co-worker, a parent, spouse, or friend, who operate out of some sort of dryness and fatigue. They are toxic to any institution, family, or relationship. Taking time for self-care is perhaps one of the best things we can do if we want to be effective leaders in our workplaces and homes. Remember, even God rested on the seventh day.
- Leadership requires journeying with others. One of the best parts of my doctoral program has been my cohort. The 13 of us have laughed, cried, encouraged, and held each other accountable. As human beings made in the image of a Triune God, we are made for connections and relationships. We were never meant to do life alone. Friends, coworkers, spouses, and church family are vitally important in our growth.
- Leadership development is life-long. I am convinced there are no naturally born leaders. Leaders are made by experiences, influences, and a continual journey of discovery. Whether we are leading a board meeting or conversation at your dinner table, we are on a journey of becoming the person God created and needs us to be.
- Lastly, and most importantly, leadership is about becoming more like Jesus. Jesus is the perfect model of leadership because he led through humility and strength, and he led for the sake of uplifting others and not himself. Growing as a follower of Jesus will impact the way you lead at work and at home.
While I am looking forward to a summer break from school, I am excited for what God has ahead. God is good!