I am fascinated by the topic of leadership. Obviously, I am not alone because the quantity of books, conferences, and other resources on leadership is abundant. There are times, though, that I need to simplify some of the material into a few reminders. In this context, I have framed them as questions.
What then are some of the most important questions leaders can ask of themselves? Allow me to suggest twelve.
1. Am I spending sufficient time in prayer to be the kind of leader God wants to be?
2. Am I spending sufficient time in the Bible so that God’s Word frames all that I do?
3. Am I a leader first in my family?
4. Do I seek to walk with humility in my daily leadership?
5. Do I seek the best for others and give credit to others?
6. Am I continual learner?
7. Do I seek wisdom from others?
8. Am I a better leader than I was one year ago? Five years ago?
9. If I am not the right leader for where I am now, am I willing to step aside?
10. Am I willing to admit my mistakes?
11. Do I attempt to learn the world and culture better in which I lead?
12. Am I willing to make tough and courageous decisions?
These are some of the questions I ask myself regularly. The list is far from exhaustive, but they are critical to my leadership. I wish I could say that I always have good answers for each question. Unfortunately, I fall short too many times.
What questions are important to you as a leader? Let me know.
Posted on October 12, 2011
With nearly 40 years of ministry experience, Thom Rainer has spent a lifetime committed to the growth and health of local churches across North America.
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