I am from the South. We southerners have a lot of traditions.
One long-held New Year's Day tradition we have is to eat as many turnip greens as possible in hopes of coming into more money in the coming year. I think the rationale is that life will somehow reward you for the punishment of having to eat turnip greens! Either way, it's always seemed a bit silly to do something like that "in hopes" of anything.
Instead of hoping for great things for the organization you lead, why not decide to become the leader your organization needs to do great things? TWEET
Your first step in becoming that leader is assuming the correct posture. Adopting some beliefs, mindsets, and attitudes that guide you.
Here are five leadership choices you need to make to guide you into your most fruitful year ever:
1. Have a Legacy Mindset
Ecclesiastes 3:14 says "I know that everything God does will last forever...". Solomon wisely refrains from saying "everything I do will last forever." Your organization is a lot bigger than you. It will remain long after you are gone. With that in mind, be a legacy leader. A legacy leader builds things for future generations. Begin with an end in mind and carry an enduring vision. Make decisions for tomorrow rather than today. Legacy mindsets build stronger teams and empower leaders. Legacy leaders lead teams who do work better than they can do. Lead with the perspective that success is still being successful long after you are gone.
2. Keep a Humble Spirit
Many leaders receive their fair share of spotlight and praise. Let’s be honest, it’s an honor! It's fun! It makes us feel good! And that is normal. That said, admiration left unchecked can chip away at humble intentions. So accolades cannot drive you; calling must. Do not go to read our own press. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Compliment other organizations in our city rather than compete with them. Aggressively pray against arrogance, and seek accountability to ensure it's absence. If talent scored you a seat at any table, your humility is what keeps you worthy of that seat.
3. Work with a Startup Mentality
Success can lull organizations to sleep. Make your efforts this year reflect a renewed hunger, desperation, and scrappiness to get it done. Exercise extreme creativity in problem solving. Do more with less. Never believe the myth that you have arrived. You may see record attendance this year, but stay as hungry. Risk momentary failure for longterm success.
4. Feel with Human Hearts
Lead with a heart that beats for people. Take time to walk slowly through your organizations on a regular basis to connect with people. Remember that the story of an individual matters. Simply be nice to people. Work extra, sacrifice more and abandon what's comfortable to reach that one life. Handle the important moments of a person's life well. Be Jesus with skin on for people who need it.
5. Adapt with Agile Attitudes
The superpower of leadership is agility. You can be strong, but if you're not agile, you're extinct. Businesses, churches and denominations have proven this. Our culture and people’s needs change at lightning speed. Get comfortable with change. Get comfortable leading change. You cannot take new ground with tired methods. Do not be slow adopters. Do not fall in love with your style. Only tolerate attitudes as positive as your changes. Resolve issues quickly and face to face and never with passive-aggressive hallway conversations. Think more new thoughts. Remain emotionally nimble, mentally flexible and operationally open-handed.
Every day is an opportunity. There are 360 more opportunities ahead of you this year. Make them count.