The Excitement Variable
Team D-- the NCC Discipleship Team-- is writing a series of blogs about things that no one ever told us about small group leadership. Today, I want to point out that no one will be as excited about your group as you are.
- Embrace the Territory. This is what leadership is all about. Having the guts and the insanity to jump out ahead and take people where they haven't been before. Leaders have to be a little crazier than everyone else. It comes with the territory.
- Gut Check. I check my vision, my heart, and my methods. Sometimes, when I get leadership loneliness or start thinking that I'm the only one who really cares, I run the risk of getting martyr syndrome. Each of us is wired differently, so we all respond to that in different ways. For me, I tend to get more domineering, self-assured, and unilaterally decisive. Sometimes, those are attitudes a leader must employ. But I've got to check whether I'm leading from humility or leading out of self-defense.
- Remember your Motivation. It's not ultimately about what people think. And it's not about you. It's about God and bringing him glory and honor.
- Remove the Plank. When we sense that those we lead aren't as excited as they could or should be about wherever we are taking them, it's easy for me to be quick to judge. That's when I have to stop and remove that rather large log poking out of my eye.
- Serve Another Vision. I think one of the best ways to train to be a great leader is to faithfully serve the vision of another. We can't expect people to get excited about our vision until we have gotten excited about the vision of another. Sometimes, I have to step out of my narrow world and find someone who I can support, serve, and be excited about.