The hardest person to lead is yourself!
We often think of leadership as from the top down – influencing and directing your subordinates. True.
But leadership also often involves influencing your peers; sometimes even those over you.
But the one direction of leadership too often neglected is self-leadership. If you are not effectively leading yourself how can you possibly influence others with integrity?
The apostle Paul once wrote a letter to a young pastor named Timothy. As Paul mentored him via letter we can see Paul emphasized the need for Timothy to lead himself in order to lead others. In the New Testament book of 1 Timothy we find numerous self-leadership principles. Check out just a sampling…
…devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 4:13
Do not neglect your gift…4:14
Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. 4:15-16
Keep yourself pure. 5:22
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 6:11
Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. 6:20
It starts with you! Until you take responsibility for your own spiritual health and development you will never be able to be the leader God wants you to be. We must lead by example!
This reality hits me in the face every day. I must get a hold of my own schedule and make time for solitude, private worship, to be in my bible, to pray, etc. I must have an authentic walk with God. To lead myself, so that by God’s grace in my life, I may effectively lead others.