You are temporary. It’s just a matter of time before your leadership role will change and that changes how you lead.
It may be a year or even 30 years but the day is coming when you will move on. You will lead and live differently when you remember this principle.
Review this checklist and see if you have any areas to develop as a leader:
- Build an organization not a dynasty. The brand and mission of your organization should not be centered around you. If it is, your organization is in great danger when you leave. It isn’t about you. Do you care more about your organization’s success than your personal success?
- Develop long-range vision. Your vision for the future of your organization should reach beyond your leadership. Make the right leadership decisions today that will set the next leader up for success.
- Invest in others. The majority of your leadership time should be spent investing in others and developing future leaders. A strong leadership bench, establishing a development culture, and creating a learning environment are just a few steps you can take to ensure you have strong leaders in place for the future.
- Provide opportunity. Give others the opportunity to step into leadership, which may require you to step back. Empower, delegate, and let others have the leadership stage. Who are you getting ready to lead and how much time are you spending with them?
- Be obedient. Your obedience to God is your greatest legacy to your organization, to your church, and to your family. Your obedience will impact the lives of many for generations to come.
I have learned so much from the great leaders of scripture: Abraham, Noah, Moses, Joshua, David, and more. But even these great leaders had an end to their leadership and God had other leaders in place to follow. May we lead by faith, with courage and conviction, but lead with an eternal perspective knowing we are all temporary leaders.
“So Moses the servant of the Lord died. . . The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab 30 days. Then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses came to an end. Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him.” Deuteronomy 34:5-9You are temporary. It's just a matter of time before your leadership role will change. Click To Tweet
What lessons have you learned from leaders who moved out of the organization they were leading?