Well, I took a couple of years off of my life today by eating some chicken fried bacon….but O was it good!
As I have studied and observed the skill of leading, something has really become more clear to me. Often times in organizations we get confused by who is a leader and who is not, especially in the church world. Often times we have managers in leadership roles and this only breeds frustration on all fronts. We also find ourselves promoting people to positions of leadership and authority based on this small thing called “staying power.” We can confuse loyalty with longevity and we can in turn confuse longevity with leadership. If I could give any advise to pastor’s and leaders of organizations out there it would be to not confuse leaders and managers. If you want a leader, hire him/her and then allow them to lead freely within your pre-established guidelines. If you want a manager, hire a manager and don’t expect him/her to lead. And finally, if someone has been around for a long time, before you move them to a place of leadership, look behind them and see if anyone is following. If there are many energetic followers (both young and old) they are a leader and find great joy in bringing them up to a place of leadership within the organization.