When You’re Scared…

Leading is less of a science and more of a practice. Sure, there are the basics of leadership. The fundamentals. The things you need to know.

Then there are the trials and challenges of leadership. These are the pieces of leadership that truly test your ability to lead.

Man holding his hands out in front of him in fear

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When facing the trials of leadership, you may become scared.

What do you do when you find yourself in a place of fear? In a place where you don’t know what to do?

Don’t freak out. Don’t miss your opportunity.

When you’re scared, this is the time to take advantage of it.

Let’s take a look at 4 things you can do when you’re scared as a leader.

When You’re Scared…

1. Take a deep breath:

Being scared puts you on edge. You can be tempted to act impulsively. Don’t do this.

What Should We Do When A Respected Leader Fails?

In the past couple of years, the Christian leadership world has been rocked hard with leaders who have fallen.

Powerhouse leaders such as:

  • Bill Hybels is the founding and former senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. He also started the Global Leadership Summit. Allegations of sexual misconduct and an affair were brought against Hybels and he no longer holds the positions he once did.
  • Ravi Zacharias was the founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) and a globally recognized expert in Christian apologetics. He impacted the lives of so many, including mine. His legacy is now tarnished because of his inappropriate behavior with women.
  • James MacDonald is the founder of Harvest Bible Chapel. He publicly failed when his improper behavior was exposed. He made sexually inappropriate comments, bullied those he led, and handled his organization’s finances inappropriately.

Brevity

It amazes me how leaders can make the simple complicated and the complicated impossible to understand. We see this happen in books, business meetings, and instruction manuals.

You can fall into the trap where you believe you have to drone on and on and on about a topic. We’ve been told blog posts should be 500, 1,000, 2,000 words or more. It seems to continue to grow and grow.

Books are the same way. What could be said in a 100-page book becomes a 250-page complicated tome.

We don’t need this. We need less wordiness, less complication.

We need more brevity.

Choose to be brief. To the point. Clear.

6 Things Leaders Can Learn From COVID-19 And The Pandemic

It’s hard to believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is still happening. Businesses are still shuttered. Some have only recently reopened. Others have chosen to defy orders from various government agencies and reopened.

It’s a crazy time. It’s also real.

We’re experiencing something none of us ever expect to experience. Here we are, though, over a year into the global pandemic.

Ocean waves

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It’s hard to think of everything that has been lost. Businesses permanently closed. Families struggling. Churches wondering what to do.

Through all of the chaos, there are good things that have come out of COVID and the pandemic. We only have to look and try to find them.

Today, I want to share 6 things leaders can learn from COVID-19 and how you can use these things to be a better leader.

What Questions Are You Asking?

Questions can help leaders go farther and do more. Knowing the right questions to ask will get you the answers you need.

Yet, there are leaders who are unwilling to ask questions. They think it will show that they don’t know it all or that they need help.

Man holding a light bulb in his hand

Photo by Rohan Makheca

Guess what?!? Leaders don’t know it all. They never will. Leaders need help. There won’t be a day where you can lead and not need the help of someone.

So, let’s get into the habit of asking great questions. Below, you will find questions that can help you lead better.

Questions Leaders Need To Be Asking

What do you need from me?

This question lets your team members know that you’re thinking of them and see them. You’re letting them know you are there for them.