yourself because life is a journey, and it will compete for every inch of who you are while
pulling you in a hundred different directions. Usually when this happens, we drift towards
what has worked for others by reading book after book, leadership magazines, podcasts,
and attending conferences. Of course, there is nothing wrong with any of these and they
are all beneficial in their own way, but through the search of building ourselves into the
leaders we desire to be, it’s scary how easy it is to drift away from the leader you are
meant to be.
I spent an intense year in Washington, D.C. in 2015-2016 as a Protege for National
Community Church which was such an amazing experience that will forever be applied
to who I am as a leader. One of my main goals for that year was to find my signature as
a leader. For years I had over saturated myself with so much information from books on
leadership and followed every big name leader/pastor you could think of. I guess you
could say I was becoming a leadership junkie.
I was on leadership overload.
Now, to this day I love to read books on leadership and I think we should always strive to feed our minds to keep us on the cutting edge, but there are a few things that I’ve learned
through all of this to protect myself as a leader.
1. Don’t relive somebody else's legacy, live your own legacy
I feel like we are almost programmed today to look a certain way, act a certain way, and
live a certain way. Society does an AMAZING job today at creating cookie cutter people
starting at a very young age. You’ve got young girls trying to look like and act like
what magazines are telling them to look and act like. You’ve got boys that are following
the images of what a boy should look or act like. And I think it's safe to say that we as
adults and leaders can fall into the same cookie cutter trap if we’re not careful. The
temptation is real, the temptation to be like somebody else who is extremely successful
as a leader, but by giving in we lose the legacy we were meant to live out in Christ.
2. What outweighs time spent with God will outweigh you as a leader
This is more prevalent today than we’d like to admit. The temptation is real. The
temptation to give everything we’ve got to everything else except for that sacred place where we come face to face with God’s presence. We’re seeing more than ever today amazing leaders drifting way off course because we supply, and we supply, and we supply--and eventually, we lose touch with the Supplier. If I’m honest, this is something I’m constantly fighting for because if I lose my time with God, I lose as a leader, and I rob from
somebody else what I could have poured into them.
3. Stay true to yourself
There is a time to saturate yourself with information on becoming the leader you were
meant to be, but then there’s a time to graduate and become that leader God has called
you to be. Find your own voice and stay true to the calling God has placed on your life.
You and I have been called to something greater than we could ever imagine,
but we’ll never find it if we’re on leadership overload.