How To Strengthen Your Leadership

When you get down to it, you must realize that all levels of leadership are judged by performance. In other words, your leadership level is not based on where you think you are; it’s based on what level you can lead and perform at. When I left my old church, I found my original resume. As I read it, it dawned on me that the job I was leaving had grown into a job I was not qualified for 17 years earlier. I’ve learned that you can strengthen your leadership in the same way that you can increase the amount of weight you can lift. 

The starting place is to test the weight. Is the task you are leading light, medium, or heavy? You’re the only one who can decide that. If it’s light, increase the weight that you are lifting until it is challenging, yet manageable. If it’s medium, keep working with it until it becomes light and no problem at all. Then repeat this step.

I know what you are about to ask: “How long do I repeat this step?” That’s simple: for the rest of your life! Growing and increasing your leadership is a lifelong process. You can learn something every day if you want to. It’s completely up to you. If the weight is heavy, don’t go it alone; instead, take a spot or a lift up (that’s weight lifting slang for get some help!).

Help can come in a lot of ways.  It can be as easy as reading a blog, a book or a magazine article. Other times, it means attending a conference, finding a coach or mentor, or even yet, building a team. The key is to do whatever you need to do to make a heavy weight manageable, yet challenging. When the weight is easy, you must add more weight to each set. In leadership terms, take on more responsibility and kick it up a notch. You have to keep making yourself start at a higher or new weight. Don’t let yourself stay in a leadership rut; push yourself to grow.  Don’t do the same exercises. Same actions always bring same results. If you are going to strengthen your leadership skills, you must set new goals. My trainer use to call it “shattering your personal best.” If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time. Your thinking drives performance, so it’s up to you to make adjustments and corrections and think right. In other words, look in the mirror and correct your form.

How badly do you want to improve and grow? Do your actions prove it? Never be satisfied with where you are until you have finished. I don’t know about you, but I’m not finished yet!

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Jim Wideman is an internationally recognized voice in children’s and family ministry. He is a much sought after speaker, teacher, author, personal leadership coach, and ministry consultant who has over 30 years experience in helping churches thrive. Jim created the Children’s Ministers Leadership Club in 1995 that is known today as "theClub" which has touched thousands of ministry leaders each month. Jim believes his marching orders are to spend the rest of his life taking what he has learn about leadership and ministry and pour it into the next generation of children’s, youth, and family ministry leaders.