Saturday, November 14, 2009

There ain't no future in your frontin'...

I would like to preface the following thought with this – I am the guy who does believe that you need to “fake it till you make it” - another blog for another time. That being said, don't act like you can... if you can't. Your peeps will know. They are very astute. They watch you. They know what you are good at and what you are not good at. I bet they even talk about you behind your back, both good and bad, when you are not there. And rightly so. You are the leader of your ministry. And since you are the leader you are, or should be, making tons of decisions. And the harder the decisions, the more peeps will talk. The hard part is doing the right thing as much as you can, seeing the right way even when your peeps do not see the same way, and then win them to that right way. Yeah, a lot harder than it even sounds.

What are you good at? What do you do really well? Some of you are great up-front peeps. When it is go-time all you need is a microphone or bull horn and it's on like Tron! Others of you are administrative and detail oriented. You make lists of the lists you have. Others of you are problem solvers. Some are motivators. Whatever it is, you know that you do it well. You staff knows that you do it well. Now that you are all warm and fuzzy and patting yourself on the back, here is the next question. What are you not good at? Answer... everything else. I mean, you might be able to do it, but you are not great at the rest of this stuff. And a good leader will step out of the way to other peeps on their staff and help them to do what they do well.

“To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.”
~B. Disraeli

John Maxwell says something that a lot of peeps do not like, but I love. He says that you need to find out what your weaknesses are, and then then pretty much forget about them. The stuff that you do not do well should not be give much attention. Now, he is not referring to sin, but instead the qualities that you possess... or in this case, do not possess. Stop worrying about the stuff you are not good at. Find someone who is good at it, and be done with it! Finding other leaders and helping them use their gifts will make you indispensable.

Try this. Ask someone in your life what you are and are not good at. They know. If you really wanna be bold, ask your staff the same question. There is a lot of lessons in humility to be learned in hearing those you lead tell you what you suck at! Good luck.

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