As part of our Summer Leadership Development series, I’m excited to share one of my favorite leadership resources with you! Dr. Jeff Iorg is President of Gateway Seminary (formerly Golden Gate Seminary) in Mill Valley, California. He has written several books on leadership that provide both a practical and a biblical approach to leadership.
Seasons of a Leader’s Life is very helpful to give you a bigger and a finite perspective on how you lead and how you live. Seeing a bigger picture of all the seasons of leadership challenges you to step into your season with renewed conviction and commitment. As leaders of faith, we want to steward well the life and opportunities God has given us to impact the lives of others. Using the biblical foundation of Peter’s life journey through three seasons of leadership, you will be able to identify your season of leadership and take action now.Seeing a bigger picture of all the seasons of leadership challenges you to step into yours with commitment. Click To Tweet
3 Seasons of Leadership:
1. The Emerging Leader – The Season of Learning
This is the season of learning, growing, and developing. This is a time when you need other wise and experienced leaders in your life to encourage, challenge, and help equip you for leadership. This is an active season of study, listening, and growing as a leader. It is good to know that you haven’t arrived yet as a leader and that you have room to grow. This is the season where Peter learned directly from Jesus. Peter would often try on his leadership by his action or words and Jesus would be there to encourage, teach, and sometimes even rebuke Peter.
Dr. Iorg specifically outlines the spiritual growth needed during this season of development. A few areas are learning to pray boldly, serve humbly, to forgive others, to beware of bravado, and to learn that failure happens and restoration is possible!
2. The Active Leader – The Season to Lead
This is the time when you step up and step into the place of leadership that God has called you to lead. God has prepared you for this time and this place. For Peter, this was the time after Jesus had died, rose, and gone back to heaven. It was time for Peter to put all that he had seen, heard, and learned from Jesus into action. It was a time for bold faith lived out. A few of the key priorities in this season are learning to take the lead, to tell the truth, to boldly call people to Jesus, to learn to rest in God’s protection, work with other leaders, and to make mistakes and move on.
We need leaders to be active leaders in many places of leadership in the church, in ministry areas, in the home, and also in the marketplace. For all believers, like Peter, we need to learn to put our faith to action with humble strength.
3. The Legacy Leader – The Season of Convictions
This is the season of spiritual maturity, steadfastness, and faithfulness as a leader. It is a season of pouring into others, handing off the baton of faith to future leaders.
This is the season that is so important in finishing strong! For Peter, this was the season when he wrote 1 & 2 Peter! This Peter is bold, deeply convicted, and a mature leader.
Dr. Iorg shares a personal story in his life and leadership when he learned a powerful truth – Jesus is enough. Read his story and ask if you have learned this truth. For me, it was when my Mother died of breast cancer. I had prayed for God to heal her and then for God to take her home. In this time of waiting, I learned that Jesus was enough. This truth will anchor our leadership no matter what storms come our way.
A few of the other convictions he shares in this season are: build good relationships, pursue purity, do the right thing, trust Jesus, trust God’s Word, confront lies with truth, anticipate the Lord’s return, and give glory to Jesus.
The last paragraph in the book is a great summary of why this book is a must for your leadership library:
“When you get to the end, however, will all of it combined even come close to what Jesus has accomplished in and through you? Not hardly! Your ultimate legacy is giving glory to Jesus for what he has done in your life, praising him for what he’s accomplished despite your inadequacies, and thanking him for enabling you to leave behind a blessing for others. When it’s all said and done, let the last word in your legacy be “Jesus.” Your legacy is more about him and what he has done through you than it is about you and what you have done for him. Like Peter, may your legacy be the story of how you were able to ‘grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.'” p. 226-227
What season of leadership are you in and what action will you take now?