I’ve spent a lot of time leading. I’ve also spent a lot of time watching great leaders lead.
Through this watching, there’s been a lot of leaders that have burned out and fizzled away.
They couldn’t see it coming, and neither could I when it happened to me.
Yet when I look back on my situation, I can see clear signs that burnout was coming.
1. Burnout happens when you believe you have to always be there: Consistency is a great quality to have in leadership. It’s also a dangerous one.
Pam and I felt like we HAD to be at the youth group every Wednesday. We even went as far as being present on Tuesdays when we went to double services.
Being at the church 3 days a week began to put a real strain on the way we felt about leading and the church. Read more...
I’ve come across great leaders. Though there was one strange thing about them.
These great leaders didn’t know they were leaders.
Have you noticed this before?
Leading Without Being A Leader
This happens all the time. A new hire comes aboard the team. Before you know it, they’re able to organize other team members without being an actual leader.
Again and again, this happens. And many leaders sit back and wonder how this can be.
To me, what is happening is very simple:
A thought hit me like lightning recently. I lack confidence.
My brain raced through the scenarios where this is true.
I lack confidence in:
Playing soccer (where this idea really hit home)
Leaders can’t lead without followers. That seems like an obvious fact but so many people are missing this. They don’t realize no one is following them.
The other mystery is that those who do realize this conundrum don’t know why people aren’t following them.
You can see the problem there, can’t you? These so-called leaders are stuck doing things but they can’t get others to hop on-board.
Today, let’s look at some issues that cause leaders to lose, or never gain followers.
Why No On Is Following You
1. You don’t care: Yes, this is a big issue. And there’s 2 big areas where leaders fail here. Read more...
If you’re a leader, the answer to this question is: Yes, people count on you.
That’s a cornerstone of leadership. Your team needs to know you’re going to do what you say.
However, we see many cases where leaders aren’t able to be counted on. They’ve left the building.
You’re not that kind of leader. Are you?
I don’t think so. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be actively seeking to improve your leadership skills.
People Are Counting On You
Whether or not you’re doing a good job, people are looking to you for guidance. They want to know you will be there when things hit the fan.
Because you’re in charge. You’ve stood up and said you want to be the one to show people the way.
And they responded.
They said they TRUST you. They BELIEVE in you. They want to FOLLOW you. Read more...