Leadership is a hot topic at the moment – and true leadership is something that seems to be increasingly rare in our world. We are facing a crisis of leadership and, as John Maxwell puts it, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” It is easy for us to criticise others or to be disappointed by those in leadership – sometimes justifiably –but I wonder how often we ask ourselves whether we are living up to our leadership potential? How are we continually growing and developing as leaders?
In last year’s Global Leadership Summit – an annual leadership event that is one of the best tools I know to hone my leadership skills, there was one session, by Craig Groeschel, in which he spoke about expanding our leadership capacity, and it really challenged me to think about the ways I am currently working on getting better as a leader. We all have more capacity to become the people God intends for us to be. We serve a limitless God for Whom all things are possible and Scripture reminds us that He is able to do “exceedingly, abundantly more than all we could ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). The next part of this verse is very significant… it continues to say, “according to His power at work in us.” God wants to do exceedingly more than we can contemplate in us.
So how are you growing your leadership capacity right now? How are you working your character, your skills, increasing your knowledge, growing in areas of weakness, dealing with issues of confidence or seeking out mentorship. God has more He wants to do in us and through us, so how are making more room for Him? How are we committing ourselves to becoming the leaders God wants and needs us to be?