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Developing yourself as a leader

Paul said 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 on there;

  1. Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
  2. O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust.

Leadership is changing and is really changing fast, and it will continue to change for as long as the Lord delays in his coming. Each generation has its own challenges, if we are not careful we will lose even that the Lord has given us. So every leader, especially yourself, you should concentrate on your own leadership learning and development, reflecting on what you’ve already learned, and then set yourself some goals for your own progression and leadership development. 

As leader, you need to be able to reflect on your own leadership experiences; identify areas you need to change or develop, set yourself SMART goals, and then devise an action plan that supports your leadership development. If John the Baptist did it, you also can do it.

Network with other leaders, reflect, 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 even how people behave towards you, etc, and change accordingly. Good leaders have a habit to continuously monitor themselves; 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 of course.

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. I think by now you know the things to throw away – avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.

Last but not least, hopefully this one you know;

Have a vision – you must decide how you want to personally progress from this day forward. 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 yourself 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.

God bless,

Laurence

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