Michael Warden has a great piece on leadership wars.
Where will you find your greatest leadership challenge?
When you’re deciding who to hire or what to build?
When you’re deciding the direction, the vision, the values of your church?
When you deal with a difficult church member or a tremendously irrational board member?
The greatest battles a leader faces are private affairs, most often in the dead loneliness of middle night, with no one but the Spirit standing between you and the great void.
Warden brings out a great point.
Leadership is lonely.
It’s not nearly as glamorous as the people you lead think it is.
Nor is it as easy.
Many people have no idea of the internal struggles (and baggage) that you may be carrying today.
Those struggles are the probably the greatest struggle you will ever has a a church leader
The struggle for your family, for your thought life, for your money.
Really… in many ways… the same struggles everyone else has.
But you’re on the pedestal. You’re on the spotlight.
You’re the one that loses their job and does great harm to the body of Christ when you don’t pass the personal struggle test at 3 in the morning.
Leader… be aware that your most important struggle with most likely be internal and personal. Make good decisions there first. If you don’t, the other ‘seemingly’ important decisions really aren’t all that important.