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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Follow the Leader

When I was in elementary school, the teacher would line the class up, put a leader at the front of the line and say, “Ok, now everyone follow the leader.”

And where that leader walked, we walked.  When they stopped, we stopped.

There are times in our leadership life that we have to stop and take a look at where we are leading our people.  Because where we lead, they will follow.  

I have learned over the years that if I am feeling like my team just isn’t where it should be, then maybe it’s me. Ouch!

Many times we can get so focused on what we are doing that we forget to stop and pay attention to how we are doing it.

Here are a couple of great questions to ask ourselves that may help us out-

-On a scale of 1-10, how would I rate my attitude when I serve and lead?

-On a scale of 1-10, how prepared am I?

-When I serve or lead, do I reflect the mission and vision of CCA to LOVE God, LOVE People and SERVE Others?

-Am I more focused and concerned with the obstacles than the opportunities? (We are a portable church and have PLENTY of both!)

Our people are not just following what we do, but they are following how we do it.

If we are never prepared, they won’t feel it is important to prepare.

If our attitude stinks, their attitudes will probably stink too. 

Here’s what John Maxwell says in the 21 Irrefutable Laws ofLeadership, True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed, or assigned.  It comes from influence, and that can’t be mandated.  It must be earned. 

When I was in school it was mandated that I follow the leader.  If I didn’t, I would get paddled. (Do they even still do that today?)

At CCA the people on are teams do have a choice to follow or not to follow.  And when we are prepared to lead and have great attitudes,

they will want to follow.

And you will be leading them somewhere great!

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