I’ve recently been re-reading “The Next Generation Leader” by Andy Stanley. It was published back in 2003, and is a book I’ve come back to again and again in my continual quest of becoming a better leader.
As I read through the book this time, I picked out some gold nuggets that hit me particularly hard in light of where I am in life and in ministry leadership. Here’s some of my most recent take aways:
- Be clear on who God has made YOU to be. Lean into your strengths and delegate your weaknesses (because they are likely the strengths of someone else on your team… for more on delegation see THIS post)
- If you are not teachable, you are not a leader.
- As a leader, it is O.K. not to know. It is not O.K. to pretend you do know. Pretending exposes lack of character.
- You can be wrong about some decisions or directions and people will still follow you. But if you are unclear, they will eventually go somewhere else.
- Wisdom seeks counsel.
- The wise man knows his limitations… the fool thinks he has none.
- Give time for major decisions… and invite others into the decision making process.
- Great leaders are great servants.
- Abuse your position as a leader and you will lose those you lead.
- People don’t follow rulers, they follow leaders.
- God has divinely established and works through channels of authority.
- Your talent and giftedness as a leader have the potential to take you farther than your character can sustain you.
- It is incumbent upon every leader to do all they can NOW to prepare their character for the eventual successes that may come.
Like I said, I read this short book again every few years. I have found it to be a valuable help every time I have. If you’d like a copy for yourself, there are some links below [affiliate links].
|Next Generation Leader
By Andy Stanley