The #1 Leadership Distraction


The question isn’t what will happen if something goes wrong.

The analysis isn’t everything is bad and nothing will ever go right.

The attitude toward others should NOT be, I don’t like them therefore they will never be able to do anything right.

The objective should NOT be, I’ll just wait till they do something wrong then I’ll point that out.

The method should never be, I’ll just wait for my chance to make them look stupid.

The focus should never be, I am going to use this failure of theirs as my opportunity to put them in their place.

These things are true especially…

If you are a leader.

A good leader follows Christ and uses his/her authority to build others up – 2 Cor. 13:10

The fact is perfect people do not need to be lead, perfect situations only need a manager, and if everyone is acting like you would act…

You’re in the room alone.

So why are we so surprised when an unfortunate situation arrises? Why are we so shocked when people do not act correctly? Isn’t this all a part of this life?

Even good leaders have their dark side, the times they do not act correctly, moments where they mess up.

But life’s mess ups should never be what the leader should focus on. Whether it was their mess up or someone else’s. It’s so easy to focus on what is going wrong to the point we get distracted from what we really should be putting our effort toward.

We are not called to focus on mess ups, (even though sometimes we have to fix things) Instead there are several different things we are called to focus on.

If you are a Pastor we are called to focus on the follow aspects of leadership.

1. We are to be good stewards of what God has given us. In both people and resources. 1 Cor 4:1

2. We are to be an administrator, God has given us the responsibility of being the helmsman. The one who is responsible to steer the ship. – 1 Cor. 12:28

3. We are overseers. We are to guard and protect the people in our congregations to the best of our ability. Acts 20:28.

4. We are to be flexible – there is no exact scripture for this one. But this can be seen in people’s lives in scripture, like the Apostle Paul who adjusted to where ever he was at, was flexible in his responses to people and adjusted the way he did ministry to fit whatever came his way.

There of course is more to all of this… a book is needed to cover what a leader should focus on…

But the only purpose of this post is (just for) a reminder (for me) to not fall into the temptation of being distracted by what is wrong, for if I become distracted with that I no longer can lead like I should…

for true vision has nothing to do with seeing the problems…

instead vision sees a way out of them and charts a course to get there.

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