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Anyone who has led for any period of time knows that leadership isn’t easy. In fact, leadership will be the most trying thing you ever attempt to do.

Leadership has a funny way of starting out.

You feel a pain. Your heart breaks. You see wrong.

And you feel the need to step up and lead.

Pain Leads To Leadership

Just the other day, I was stung by a sweat bee, I believe. I knew I’d been stung because I felt a burning sensation on my arm.

My first reaction was to get the thing that was stinging me off and away from me. I swatted and swatted and even ripped my shirt off.

It must have been a sight to see.

Once the immediate threat was gone, I also took action to reduce the pain from the sting/bite.

I’m droggy. I’m congested. And I’m lacking sleep.

I feel like I’ve been in this state forever. But it’s only been a day.

You ever been there? If you’re like most leaders, you have.

Leaders Lack Sleep

In a Gallop study, research shows that, on average, 40% of the US get less than the recommended amount of sleep. That’s a lot of people.

You’re probably one of them. I know I am.

With 40% of the US not getting enough sleep, we can bring that number over to leaders. There’s a good likelihood that 40% of leaders don’t get enough sleep either.

The number is large. This means the problem is large.

When leaders lack sleep, bad decisions are made.

The Importance Of Sleep To A Leader

Lack of sleep carries with it a number of problems. Research bears this out.

Social media is a great tool, one that I love dearly. Who doesn’t, right?

It’s great to be able to catch up with old high school friends on Facebook. It’s great to see the constant flow of information on Twitter. It’s even great to see all of the amazing pictures people share on Pinterest.

Destroy or build your influence using social media

Image by Jason Howie

While there’s a good side to social media, there’s also a dark side many people get caught up in.

The Dark Side Of Social Media

By using social media in the wrong way, you can begin to destroy your influence. Amazingly, many people forget that social media is a very public form of communication.

Your employers can see what you post on social media. Your employees can see what you post on social media. Your friends and family can see what you post on social media.

Leading others will take you to places you never knew you’d go.

Those places may be to the highest of highs or the lowest of lows. I’ve experienced both in my time in youth ministry.

You’ve probably experienced similar, whether it was in church leadership or business leadership.

And through these ups and down, leaders must have faith.

Leaders must have faith that there will be better days ahead

Leaders must have faith that they will see others grow

Leaders must have faith that others can take over

Leaders must have faith that they can make a difference

Leaders must have faith that when they fail they can be redeemed

Leaders must have faith that there is good in the world

Leaders must have faith that the new generation has better ideas than the past generations

If you ask any leader of a non-profit or church what one of the hardest things to do is, you’ll most likely hear they have trouble keeping quality volunteers to help out.

They ask and ask but receive no response. If they do receive responses, those responses are subpar.

The end result is finding quality volunteers is hard.

But there’s actions you can take as a leader to find quality volunteers that will stick with your organization for years to come.

Have clearly defined guidelines: Skimping on guidelines for volunteers is an easy thing to do, especially when you’re struggling to bring in people to help.

This is a huge mistake. The guidelines you’ve laid out for volunteers is there for a reason. They help weed out those who will not be a good fit and clearly defines what is expected out of each volunteer.