Paul says to Timothy, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
He also said,
“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen” (1 Timothy 6:20-21).
Two important instructions here;
- Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
- O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust.
Leadership is changing and is changing fast, it will continue to be so for as long as the Lord delays in his coming. So every leader, especially yourself, concentrate on your own leadership learning and development, reflecting on what you’ve already learned and then setting yourself some goals for your own progression and leadership development.
As a leader you need to be able to reflect on your own leadership experiences; identify areas for change and development, set yourself SMART goals, and then to devise an action plan to support your leadership development.
Network with other leaders, and identify appropriate training opportunities.
Reflection is absolutely at the core of leadership development, it is a habit of mind. Think about your ministry, your practice and how people behave towards you, and so forth. Good leaders monitor themselves continuously; they even talk with their trusted friends about their performance. Don’t be afraid to ask your trusted ones, questions like how did I do? You can do it by not undermining your confidence.
A workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly reflects, studies, and keeps that which is committed to his/her trust.
O Timothy, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith.
Last but not least, this one you know;
Have a vision – you must decide how you want to personally progress from here. Before you start to identify goals and plan your actions, have a personal leadership vision, not a borrowed one though, but one that concerns you. Knowing what kind of leader you want to be and how you want to lead will help you to prioritise your goals and give you a clearer target for the future.
And finally he said, “Grace be with thee. Amen” Grace is help from above – that’s all you need.