Leadership Post

This is a repost of Perry Noble in its entirety – none of it is mine!

What Every Leader Needs To Know March 14, 2012

People will not follow you long term if they do not like you.

Seriously, it doesn’t really matter how much you pay someone…you just can’t pay people enough to like you!!! Eventually, if you are not a leader who actually likes people they will leave (for a lesser salary) to go and work for someone who they do like.

However, your main obsession as a church leader should not be to be LIKED but rather to be LOYAL to the One who has called, chosen and equipped you for ministry.

The good news is that one does not have to be sacrificed for the other…

You do not have to become a people pleaser and turn your back on God.

And you do not have to be a ruthless, manipulative dictator because you are “honoring God’s call on your life!”

One of the things I’m personally discovering as a leader is…

The closer I walk with Jesus the more I love and care about people…and the more people understand that I care WAY MORE about WHO THEY ARE BECOMING than what they are actually doing then they are way more likely to buy into me as a leader–which is important because people buy into a leader WAY before they buy into what he/she is leading.

(Leaders, don’t FREAK OUT when you read this!!! If a person is becoming more like Jesus they will naturally do their best work…but if they are so immersed in doing work that they aren’t becoming more like Christ then you are in trouble. Most likely you are driving them out of fear and insecurity rather than leading them out of love and genuine concern!)

So, saying all of this–what is it that every leader needs to know?

Simple: Loving Jesus = loving people NOT using them!

Leaders that have positive long term impact are the ones who care way more about others than they do themselves.

I cannot be a leader who honors God and His call on my life if I do not love the people who He has called and equipped to work with me.

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About Lee Ellzey

Christ Follower, Husband, Father. Like to read. Like to help others. Learning to love life more than ever! View all posts by Lee Ellzey

4 responses to “Leadership Post

  • stephiekaye

    Simple…but most leaders lead our of a desire to make a difference and to help people, I’ll give most of them the benefit of doubt… not necessarily out of the intimacy of Christ and promoting the same in others…making a difference is good but can easily become and obsession of the flesh…my opinion…for now 🙂

  • amygking

    Love your blog! I have started following! Do you realize I am in Valdosta GA and you are in Tallahassee? You are obviously doing some great things for Jesus if God is teaching you about leadership – through Perry Noble is fabulous! Blessings to you!

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