It happens all the time. They get a job transfer, they feel called to a different industry or they hit a season of life where they just don’t want to lead any more. It happens, and there’s not a lot we can do about it.
But sometimes leaders quit because we made a bad decision, we didn’t show them that they were valued, we didn’t give them the resources they needed to do their job, or we didn’t provide the training and coaching they needed. It happens, but there is a lot we can do about that.
When leaders quit from circumstances outside our control, that’s okay and that’s going to happen.
When leaders quit because we’ve not lead well…well, we need to fix it. Don’t let your organization lose great leaders because you’re not being a great leader.
Are you going to do it or not? You have that idea you’ve been thinking about. That dream that won’t leave the back of your mind. That vision that you’ve only shared with a few close friends. So, are you going to do it or not?
There will come a point that the dream will either fade away or you’ll take a deep breath and jump. With every idea, dream or vision there will come a gut check moment. And in that moment you find yourself asking: am I going to do this or not?
In that moment you write the check, say yes to the new opportunity, resign you’re safe job or complete the registration form. That is a gut check moment. That’s the moment you make the commitment. You’re in. No turning back.The gut check moment shows you how much you believe in your own dream. It’s in that gut-check moment you either jump or walk away.
So are you going to do this thing or not?
I don’t like facing leadership challenges. They get in the way. They create distractions. And to be honest they sometimes wound my sense of leadership confidence.
But I have to confess once they’re over I’m thankful for them. I’ve discovered I grow the most as a leader when I’m in a position of total dependence on God. When I look to Him for perspective and wisdom He uses the leadership challenge to deepen my insight, sharpen my skills and enrich my understanding of HIs character.
So if you’re facing a challenge today. Remember this equation. Challenge + Dependence = Growth
What lessons have you learned through your leadership challenges?
How you lead today will determine your legacy tomorrow. So what legacy do you want to leave through your leadership?
What attitude are you displaying today? What wise decisions are you making today? How are you treating people today? What are you doing to grow your team members strengths and skills today? How are you modeling godly character today?
Whatever your answer is to those questions today will likely determine your leadership legacy tomorrow?
Lead today in the way you want to be remembered tomorrow.
Years ago I heard leadership coach and author Bob Biehl say that he loves to collect questions. That thought intrigued me. So since that time I’ve been a student and collector of questions.
Lou Holtz once said, “I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.” Questions challenge us to see things from a different perspective and guide us to breakthrough behaviors. You can be stuck and discouraged in one moment but with the aid of the right question, an instant later you’re flooded with fresh ideas and motivation.
Here are 12 of my favorite questions. Chew on a few of these today and see what new insights or direction you might discover.
- What would a great leader do in this situation? (Bill Hybels, Pastor Willowcreek Community Church)
- What do I believe is impossible to do in my field, but if it could be done, will fundamentally change my business? (Joel Barker, author of Paradigms)
- What is the wise thing to do? (Andy Stanley, Pastor Northpoint Church)
- What is the single best measurable indicator that I am making progress toward my dream? Bob Biehl
- What are the “elephants” in my schedule? (Pareto said, “If you’re Noah, and your ark is about to sink, look for the elephants first.”) (Don’t know who asked this one but I like it)
- How can we become the company that would put us out of business? (Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group)
- What counts that we are not counting? (Chip Conley, head of global hospitality for Airbnb)
- What should we stop doing? (Peter Drucker, management expert and author)
- What are the gaps in my knowledge and experience? (Charles Handy, author and management expert)
- If we got kicked out and the board brought in a new CEO, what would he do? (Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel )
- What advice would you give you if you were in your situation? (Came as a result of me having a pity party about my own situation several years ago)
- What questions do you have that you’d like answers to? (From Action Learning Method)
Here’s one more bonus question, undoubtedly the most important question you can answer, “Who do you say I am? (Jesus, Mark 8:29)
What great question do you like to wrestle with?