Leaders Can Do Anything, But Not Everything

“Every decision is a trade-off. Doing one thing means you can’t do another. Leaders can do anything but they can’t do everything. In deciding what you’ll do, you choose what not to do.”
~ Dr. Tim Elmore

This is something I’ve been re-learning recently. Sometimes you have to say “no”. You might really want to do something, but if you decide to do it, you have to be willing to say no to something else. Continue reading

The Joshua Problem

Continuing my “Leadership Lessons” series that I’ve sorta unofficially been doing (and pulling from my youth ministry days for it), I want to talk about “The Joshua Problem” (this one is taken from the book series titled “Habitudes”)

How many of you guys have heard of a guy called Moses?

Moses was the guy who rescued an entire nation from slavery, put up with their whining, lead them around for 40 years in a desert, and was a phenomenal leader.

Moses led the Jewish people to the Promised Land, but was unable to cross over into it himself before he died. Luckily, he had trained Joshua to take his place, so when Moses died, there was a seamless transition from Moses to Joshua, and the Israelites were able to enter the Promised Land. But after they had the Promised Land, a problem arose… Continue reading

Commitment

Who know what a kamikaze pilot is?

A kamikaze pilot was a member of the Japanese air force, and his job was to take a bunch of bombs, fly to military bases, drop all his bombs, then crash himself into the base, doing more damage, but losing his life in the process.

Kamikaze pilots are only useful if they are committed to their mission. Leaders are the same way. You cannot have involvement without commitment and be effective. It goes with the territory. Continue reading