2. The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. Theodore M. Hesburgh

3. Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too. Robert Half

4. Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. George S. Patton

5. Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter F. Drucker

I have been thinking and reading a lot about leadership lately. What makes a great leader? Why do people follow one person and not another? Is leadership innate or learned? Bill Hybels has said that if you have the spiritual gift of leadership it is your responsibility to develop that gift for the sake of the church to the zenith of the gifts potential.

Most of us who lead have to lead followers and that is easy to understand. But we also need to be mindful of leading peers (those who walk along side of us). It would be easy to stop there but if you have someone over you, you should be mindful of learning how to effectively lead up. For most people the hardest person they will ever lead though is their own self.

Self Leadership seems to be a missing link far too often. It is the issue of integrity that we see missing in more than a few leaders today. So, my personal quest in this season of learning is to first and foremost focus on mastering the art of my own self leadership. Self Leadership can be defined as “the process” of influencing oneself to establish the self-direction and self-motivation needed to perform in a God honoring way.

Acts 24:16 (New International Version) “So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.”  HT