One of our core values here is “Diligent Leadership.” Our culture sometimes sees leadership as a bad thing, but the Bible paints it in a very positive light. There are some things that I have noticed that most diligent leaders know how to do:
Make a leadership decision
A good leader knows when it is time to go against the grain. This means that sometimes a good leader will face heavy opposition, even though it is obvious that is where they need to go. Delegating decisions is a great tool, but sometimes a diligent leader needs to make a call, even if it’s unpopular.
Let go and move on
Diligent leadership knows when something is not working anymore, or when something else may work better. It’s at this time that a diligent leader understands that it’s time to let go and move on. These decisions can often bring negative reactions, but are necessary to make.
The flip side of that is that a diligent leader also recognizes when something is working exceptionally well and it is time to hold on to something that may seem outdated but works well in their context. Some of these decisions are confusing, especially when some people may think that newer is always better. Sometimes something older can work better in certain contexts.
Say “I was wrong”
This is huge. Somehow there is a myth out there that taking a risk is a bad thing. It’s actually a very good thing. There is nothing wrong with taking a risk and failing, but we have to learn how to fail and move on. A good leader can admit that they were wrong and move on to the next risk.
Say “We did well”
A good leader is humble, but knows how to encourage. Encouraging your team is incredibly important. Acknowledge that they have skills and talents that God used to get the job done.
Recognize higher leadership
Let’s face it, most leaders are not “in charge.” You may be in charge of your area, like I am in charge of the worship and children’s ministry here. However, most people have a leader above them. Mine is the senior pastor. Sometimes, we don’t agree on everything. Often, he will delegate and let me make the call I believe should be made. However, if we disagree and he makes a call, I submit to his authority. A diligent leader recognizes that he or she is not the person at the highest level.