Summer has an impact on most organizations, because your customers and employee team is impacted by the summer months. It is an opportune time for you to intentionally use this season to take a leadership pause.
A leadership pause is a temporary stop or rest. It allows space and time to cease the normal pace of action or movement. We were designed by God to take a pause and rest is an essential part of the leadership process.We were designed by God to take a pause and rest is an essential part of the leadership process. Click To Tweet
4 Reasons to Take a Leadership Pause this Summer
1. To Think.
That sounds so elementary. You think everyday as you lead but this is a different kind of thinking. This is thinking without the playbook, manual or strategic plan. This kind of pause is to clear your mind of the action of leadership, to reflect on the reason you lead.
2. To Assess.
Thinking will lead you to take an honest assessment of your life and your leadership. If we keep moving and never pause to assess, we can end up wasting our life, energy, and we can even hurt our families and the team we are leading. It is important to pause to make sure we are aligned with God’s call and purposes in our lives. Are you still passionate about the work you lead? Do you have joy in your work? Do you love the people you lead? Do you still have a vision for a compelling future for those you lead? Are you a healthy leader? Are you still growing, learning, and engaged as a leader?
3. To Develop.
A pause is good to think about your own development as a leader. Are you growing? Are you stretching your capabilities as a leader? Are you maturing as a leader? Are you expanding your potential as a leader? What do you need to add to your development plan as a leader? When you are growing, you are creating an environment for growth for those you lead. Own your own development, without excuses.
4. Challenge Your Faith.
A leadership pause is good so you can take a serious look at your faith. Do you still believe God is who He says He is? Do you still believe the gospel, the good news of Jesus, is true? A fresh time with God is always good to strengthen your faith. The pressure of leadership can sometimes rest on our shoulders and weigh us down. It is good to face our weakness in light of our God’s strength. No matter what we face as leaders, we can trust God when we see a way and when we don’t see a way. Pause to remember God.
This summer, join me regularly on my blog. I will be doing posts and podcasts as part of a summer leadership pause. Each week, I will review a book, share key take-aways for your development and give away a free book. Also, if you are on my email list (you can sign up!), you will get a free gift to help you pause and think about your own leadership plan.
Paul’s prayer to the church at Ephesus (3:16-21) is a great leadership prayer for all leaders of faith:
“I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us — to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever, and ever. Amen.”
What do you need to pause and focus on this summer as a leader?