10 Leadership Truths I Cling To

I’ve learned a lot as a leader – usually the hard way, because of my mistakes. For that reason, I’ve also learned to hold tightly to some truths that help me press forward. Maybe these truths will help you today:

  1. Nobody expects me to be perfect. I might think they do, but that’s usually because I expect perfection of myself.
  2. The opposition is usually louder in noise than numerous in number. What sounds like a lot of people is often a few people who happen to be loud.
  3. This, too, shall pass. A church member years ago taught me to recite this truth. I didn’t believe it at the time, but I’ve learned since then that most things really do pass.
  4. I don’t need to know every theological answer. Nobody does, and it’s acceptable to say, “I don’t know” occasionally.  
  5. I can’t fight today’s battles on the basis of yesterday’s power. I must run back to God every day for manna.
  6. Churches and institutions go on fine without me. I may not want to admit that, but my experience has proven that true. They don’t need me as much as I need them.
  7. Today’s catastrophe is often tomorrow’s humor. What seems like the end of the world today usually loses some of its power with the passing of years. In fact, it sometimes becomes comical.
  8. There’s always somebody who loves me. It doesn’t matter how much opposition I might face as a leader, somebody still loves me—first and foremost, of course, God.
  9. A dead leader is no leader at all. That means I must take care of myself spiritually, emotionally, physically, and relationally. 
  10. Nobody finishes well by accident. Those who finish well decide intentionally to finish each day well—and the days become years. 

What truths do you cling to? 


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