Diligent Leaders

The journey of life requires people to stand up and lead in situations that are tough, challenging and also rewarding. Hard work is a hallmark of a great leader and diligence is modelled with every high caliber leader. 

Here are some points to being a diligent leader.

Diligent leaders:

  1. Genuinely care for the people they lead. They know what’s important to you, your future and your family.
  2. Roll up their sleeves. They understand that hard work culture is demonstrated. Offering to do a task with a follower goes a long way.
  3. Relentlessly explain the “Why”. Knowing if a heart catches the why, the what comes more naturally.
  4. Example the how. They don’t just explain but demonstrate the method and allow freedom to innovate. 
  5. Demand more of themselves than they do of others. They are committed to living at a higher standard
  6. Identify and mediate problems. Not shying away from tough and uncomfortable situations. They are determined to answer confronting questions with grace, strength and humility.
  7. Ask what’s in this for others. They aim to lift the lives of those around them. 
  8. Have a determination to get things done. Don’t put things off until ‘one day when’. Ask why not me? Why not now?
  9. Release others into the calling on their life. Have honest and open conversations about the future and build toward it.
  10. Expects nothing but gives everything. They understand the power of sacrifice and hold a generous spirit.

Lazy Leaders

Lazy Leaders

The following is a collection of thoughts around actions and attitudes of a lazy leader. If you find something that is consistent with your behaviours, join the club! 

I have seen, learnt and exampled many of these over my 25 years in leadership and ministry. 

It’s time to correct them. It’s time to be better.

Lazy Leaders:

  1. Dump their responsibilities onto others. Delegation is always done with respect and compassion.
  2. Ask what’s in this for me rather than how can I build someone else. The more we build others we build ourselves.
  3. Overstate their importance. You are never to big to do something small.
  4. Overstep their authority. ”Demanding” leaders often mistreat and misuse the people they are charged with building.
  5. Always tell, but never help. The example of leadership is worth far more than the sound of it.
  6. Dictate how and when things are done. Freedom is a leadership tool well worth exploring.
  7. Demand more of others than they do of themselves. If they ”have to” so should you.
  8. Walk past problems expecting that someone else will fix it. A natural bent to correct things is exampled, not annunciated.
  9. Use vulnerable people’s time for their own gain. A good leader respects time of the people they lead, especially volunteers.
  10. Ignore genuine but uncomfortable questions. A strong leader is comfortable with confrontation
  11. Arrogantly pass the buck. A leader takes responsibility for losses and passes on credit for success.
  12. Look down on others. No one is beneath your kindness and dignity.
  13. Hide. Confrontation is natural, embrace it and practice.
  14. Have a can’t be bothered attitude. If you can’t be bothered why shouldn’t anyone else?
  15. Put things in the too hard basket. Have a not right now basket instead.
  16. Say “I deserve this”. Entitlement leads to disgruntled followers.
  17. Take advantage of the organisation they belong to and others around them. Act with honour and set yourself apart.
  18. Expects everything but gives nothing. A generous leader grows through their generosity. So do the people who follow.
  19. Don’t develop others and consistently take over because they can “do it better myself”. Micromanagement is just plain ugly and doesn’t reap the fruit you want.
  20. Easily distracted (by more appealing things). Be faithful in the little, not just faithful to the much.
  21. Looks for the easiest way, not the best way. Sometimes the best way is the easiest way, but shirking hard work is never the best way.
  22. Accepts things the way they are. Refusing to change brings no fruit. Always believe that it can be better.
  23. Allows poor effort. Poor results are acceptable if the effort is high, poor effort should be condemned regardless of the result.
  24. Fails to organise themselves. A good structure and routine builds effectiveness. A poor one brings fruitlessness and frustration.

Things that make the DIFFERENCE in leadership

This blog is a collaboration between My Dad, David Cartledge and myself. One from the archives with a few extra thoughts. I pray that you find this helpful. 

In leadership and life, there are always contributing factors that help us and hinder us. What is going to make the DIFFERENCE in our leadership as we walk out the journey. What will keep us on the path, what will ground us and what will challenge us to go further than we could have imagined. The points that follow are what I would say are the DIFFERENCE MAKERS in Leadership.

To desire leadership is a healthy thing. It is not something to be just accepted lightly, but should burn in your heart.

“Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer DESIRES a noble task.” – 1 Timothy 3:1 NIV

To God, come what may. Whatever season of life.

“But the slave may declare, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children. I don’t want to go free.’ If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door or doorpost and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will serve his master for life.” – Exodus 21:5-6 NLT

To God. Relationship not just service.

“Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’” – Matthew 22:37 NLT

we need to take decisive actions. Indecision leads to doubt.

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”” – Isaiah 6:8 NIV

Put your hand to the plow. Stubbornly stick to your convictions.

“Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.” – 2 Kings 2:2 NIV

Committed to becoming better in every area.

“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.”- 2 Timothy 2:15 NLT

Live in the realm of dreams and revelation.

““Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.” – Joel 2:28 NLT

Work hard to maintain a steadfast spirit.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

Continual discouragement leads to despair, depression and distress.

“But David found strength in the Lord his God.” – 1 Samuel 30:6 NLT

Having runs on the board is the reason people will follow.

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” – Galatians 6:9 NLT

Do every activity with energy.

“It has become my inspiration and passion in ministry to labor with a tireless intensity, with his power flowing through me, to present to every believer the revelation of being his perfect one in Jesus Christ.” – Colossians 1:28-29 TPT

Using Wisdom to be able to make the right decision quickly.

““Here’s what I want: Give me a God-listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people?”” – 1 Kings 3:9 MSG

Spiritual and natural authority. Victory over inferiority and weakness.

“Look, I have given YOU authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.” – Luke 10:19 NLT

Strive to retain focus and improve concentration in a low attention world.

“I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.” – 1 Corinthians 7:35 NLT

There is a great reward in the mobilisation of others.

D.L. Moody – I would rather put ten men to work than do the work of ten men.

Don’t just run to finish, run to win. Hard work, Hard work, Hard work.

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” – Ecclesiastes 9:10 NIV

Be an example of what you want others to be.

“I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” – John 13:15 NLT

Be passionate and have fervency in life, worship and prayer.

He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?” He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbour as well as you do yourself.” “Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.” – Luke 10:26-28 MSG

Set yourself apart from the crowd and be holy. Don’t just go with the flow.

“For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”” – 1 Peter 1:16 NIV

Rely on the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” – Acts 1:8 NLT