The Critical Factor That All Outstanding Leaders Possess (And How To Tell If You Have It)

If you study leadership, there is one factor that  virtually every single outstanding leader you will ever meet possesses.

In fact, I can’t think of a single exception.

It’s not natural gifting, although that helps.

It’s not tremendous people skills. Some leaders just don’t possess those and they’re still effective.

It’s not a tremendous education. Lots of top grads end up missing their potential.

While there are, for sure, many factors that go into effective leadership, this one is characteristic of every outstanding leader I know.

So what is it? And how would you know if you have it?

The Critical Factor

The critical factor is so simple that when you see it, you’ll recognize it immediately.

And yet so many aspiring leaders don’t possess it (yet).

What is it?

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The ONE Question To Ask When You Don’t Know What To Do as a Leader

You’d think that at some point, you’d just know what to do.

That the questions and doubt would go away, and that you’d have a clear answer to the questions and problems that come your way as a leader.

Dream on.

Sure…you get better at calling shots as you mature and grow as a leader. But there are always questions that stump even the best leaders.

Then what do you do?

What if there was a single question that could guide you much closer to the right answer?

I think there is.

 

 

I Got A Call The Other Day…

I got a call the other day from a great friend.

He had a tough ethical dilemma. It’s not appropriate for me to go into the details, but it’s the kind of ethical/relational problem that stumps even the brightest leaders.

I could see it from both sides. So could he. And yet the stakes were high.

We talked about what scripture had to say about the issue. But again, you could apply it from several different angles.

There was no clear answer.

After about 30 minutes of conversation, I remembered the question I’ve learned to ask myself when I’m stuck and no one seems to know what to do and scripture isn’t crystal clear.

I gave him the question.

 

The Question That Can Answer Your Question

The question is this:

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7 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me Before Starting Ministry

If you’re in ministry, at some point you probably told yourself “I had no idea it would be like this.”

I can’t tell you the number of times I thought “I wish somebody had taught me this in seminary.” (My friend, Rich Birch, has done a great job of compensating for that with his site, UnSeminary.com.)

Don’t get me wrong—I’m exceptionally grateful for the time I’ve had in ministry. 19 years into this, I wake up virtually every single day thankful I get to this and excited to get started.

But the ‘virtually’ part is true because there are days where I think “What’s going on?” and “I didn’t sign up for this”. And even on my good days, I find I’m having to learn things I never expected I’d have to learn.

So let’s speed things up for those of you still on the front side of ministry or early on in ministry.

And this might also help those of us who have been at it for a while but still ready for some inside track preparation.

 

7 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Ministry

Here are 7 things I wish someone had told me before I started ministry:

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