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8 Ways Stewardship Will Transform Your Leadership

I get asked all the time by young leaders “How do you handle the responsibility of leading something like Catalyst?”

Good question.

The reality is anyone who leads a Church, leads a company, leads a community, leads a non-profit ministry, leads a team, or even a family feels and knows the pressure of responsibility.

And Responsibility is part of Leadership. Always.

You’ve heard this before… “You’re responsible for what happens…Don’t screw up!” Right!!! We hear this all the time from our parents, from our boss, from our boards, from our friends, from our spouses.

So how do I correctly live with the pressure of Responsibility and Leadership?

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For me, it always begins and ends around the issue of stewardship. The whole idea of stewardship relates back to the concept of watching over something for someone else, taking care of something you don’t own. Ultimately, stewardship begins and ends with a very clear understanding of how you view your role and who owns it.

Are you the owner or simply the steward for the owner? Is this mine, or am I just taking care of it while the owner is gone? 

This will help you shape the framework for what correct Biblical stewardship looks like, whether it’s your role in managing your time, your role in cultivating a dream, your role in leading an organization, your role in managing your money, and more.

So here are a few thoughts on Stewardship and how it relates to leading whatever movement or organization or community or tribe or initiative or project that you’ve been currently given.

1. Hold things with an open hand, palms down.

Picture that one in your mind. Versus the mindset of holding things with a closed fist, palms up.

2. You don’t really own it. 

God does. All of it. This is incredibly freeing but also dauntingly important.

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Brad Lomenick is Executive Director and key Visionary of Catalyst, a movement of young leaders. Over the last 15 years, he has built a reputation as a key networker and convener of leaders. Prior to running Catalyst, Brad was involved in the growth of the nationally acclaimed Life@Work Magazine and did management consulting with Cornerstone Group. More recently he has served in a number of roles for INJOY and now GiANT Impact. For several years after college, he rode horses for a living on a ranch in Colorado, and was even struck by lightning while installing a barbed wire fence, which some believe has given him powers equal to several of the Super Heroes. He hopes maybe someday he can be a professional golfer, or have his own hunting show.