Principle #3 You Must Lead from the Vision
Here are two mistakes we commonly make regarding this principle: First, we mistake motion for progress. The reason we do this is to make ourselves feel good. We are incredibly insecure and selfish so we pull the, “it wasn’t God’s will” card. What if it was God’s will and you just did the wrong things? Just because you are busy it doesn’t mean you are doing the right things. Once I am clear about the vision, it must define my behavior. If it doesn’t, then we don’t believe in the vision. Belief = Behavior. Everyone is busy doing something but the real question is, are we making progress?
Next mistake: We just want people to like us. This is where leaders fail often. One complaining, disgruntled, manipulative person can get us off focus and it is all our fault. We don’t want to disappoint them and we want them to like us. Leadership is not about people liking me, it is about me working alongside them towards a common vision bigger than any one person. Every time I have caved to someone’s special interest, I compromise the mission and my own character and integrity.
Think this is extreme? Consider Judas. Don’t betray the vision! Matthew 26:46-48
Whatever you are leading, know what you are about and live it.