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How to Strengthen Yourself For Leadership

Every church leader has those things that they like to do. It’s the part in the job description that we’re most passionate about. For a Youth Leader, it’s probably seeing the smile and laughter of kids excited about coming to church. For a Pastor, it’s probably preaching and teaching the word of God and seeing people’s lives transformed through it. I know for me as an administrator, I love organization and “bringing order to chaos”.

But there are also things in our job description that we’re also required to do, which (if we’re being honest) were not as comfortable with and – I’ll say it – we just don’t enjoy. And as a result, we oftentimes avoid those tasks and put them off until we absolutely have to deal with them.

But being a stronger leader means working not only on the things that we like and are good at but also on the things within our roles that we aren’t as proficient in.

I remember playing basketball when I was a kid and since I was right-handed, I dribbled on my right side, shot the ball with my right hand, and typically drove to the basket on my right. I had a coach tell me early on, “Dwight if you’re going to be any good, you’ve got to learn to use your left side”. I remember trying to dribble on my left and how awkward it felt. It felt unnatural and made me feel clumsy and uncoordinated. I would dribble on my left for a few minutes, then quickly switch back to the side that I was most comfortable with.

Well as you can probably guess, I’m just OK at basketball. Not great, and if you force me to my left, not even good. And that’s what happens to us as leaders when we don’t challenge ourselves to strengthen the skills we’re weakest at. We end up being OK; if we’re lucky – good, but not great. But the churches that we lead and serve at deserve great – and that’s exactly what we should strive for. Challenge yourself to focus on doing the things that you typically try to avoid until it’s absolutely necessary.

Becoming great at something usually means becoming better at the things you’re currently not good at.

For example, if you struggle with time management, force yourself to create a schedule and stick to it. Get to appointments early and leave time on your calendar for travel and possible traffic incidents.

As a leader, managing people is a huge part of your responsibly, but if it’s hard for you to delegate tasks or hold people accountable for actions that they’re responsible for, then you need to focus on deliberately tasking people with things to do and giving them a deadline to work towards.

Becoming great at something usually means becoming better at the things you’re currently not good at. As a leader, you need to honestly self-evaluate any areas you’re weak in and begin to strengthen them immediately. Every week, challenge yourself to do something that will help you become a stronger leader. If you’re a pastor and don’t really like “all the business stuff” necessary for operating a healthy church, find a good administrator – or begin doing just one thing every week to help keep your congregation compliant. I’ll be honest, it’ll probably never get you as fired up as your true passion does – but I promise that you’ll love the results that it brings you in the end.

Until Next Time, Keep Learning!

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