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Thou Shalt: The 7 Commandments of Leadership

Commandment: A divine rule. A rule to be observed strictly.

The Seven Commandments of Leadership:

Thou shalt protect thy character. Who are you when no one is looking? Is who you claim to be who you really are? In my experience, true character is eventually revealed in leadership. Every time. When stress mounts—when pushed in the corners of life—when power rises—when opportunity creates itself to take advantage of others for the benefit of self—true character is revealed.

Thou shalt empower thy people. Delegation is not only necessary to be effective in leadership, it’s a necessity in order to truly be a leader. You’ll either burnout, control people until they burnout or simply stall everything—and then a leader is no longer needed.

Thou shalt continue to learn. When a leader ceases to learn, he or she ceases to grow. Before long, the leader has nowhere new to take anyone. And nothing anyone would want to follow.

Thou shalt remember thy purpose. Zig Ziglar once told me that if you understand the why, the what or how won’t matter as much. I believe he was right. Our purpose fuels us for excellence. We must cast the vision—for ourselves and others—often. Daily even.

Thou shalt embrace healthy conflict. Ain’t it a shame? You have to have conflict to be healthy in relationships. It seems counterproductive, but conflict is really for the good of everyone. A good leader learns to use it for the betterment of the entire team.

Thou shalt persevere. Through good times and bad times, a leader holds the banner high. Press on!

Thou shalt celebrate. Leaders are for progress—but part of progression is appreciating the achievements of days gone by—accomplishments already made. As much as it is a leader’s job to keep things moving forward, people won’t stay motivated unless we recognize that they are currently making a difference and have in the past.

Obviously these are man-made commandments, not God-made, so I appreciate your input.

Any you would add?  

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Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.