We are talking about creating a better future for others. It’s so important as leaders that we lead people to a better future. In our last post we talked about self-development. It’s so important you work on yourself! Now, let’s learn how to work on others!
Everyone you meet has a dream. Deep inside them, they are creative and confident, they want to make the world a better place, they want to help people. They want to have healthy friendships, they want to be heroes, they want to produce. It is your job as a leader to unleash those dreams. To connect people to hope, to encourage them to verbalize what is inside their heart, to bring them refreshments in the middle of storms, to challenge them to keep going when they are walking through the valley of death. You need to help people realize they are unlimited in their potential, full of life, one spririt with Christ and that they can win every battle.
You are the Prince Charming that has to kiss the Sleeping Beauty of their dreams and wake them up! You have four tasks to help do this:
Keep Working on Yourself. In our last post, I said that, and here is the joy of it – as you start to work on yourself and bear fruit, people will like you, respect you and eventually want to be like you. That makes it easier to influence them, easier to encourage them in their dreams. You are walking in your dreams, that makes people confident that you can help them walk in their dreams. When people watch you beat Goliath, then they are confident you can train them! It’s so important you keep sweet with the Lord, constantly learning and developing.
Identify the Identity Leaks. All people have identity leaks. They hear that they are righteous, they hear that they are blessed, and they start to get it, but they have identity leaks. An old “friend” who always puts them down, a situation that makes them revert back to their old mind, a trigger for their past and weakness. Help give them Scriptures to meditate on, help them use their imagination to see who they really are, to start to dream bigger, and to plug those leaks.
Speak Words of Life over them and get them to speak them over themselves. Every good leader must bless their people. One of the differences between a teacher and a father is that a teacher teaches the lesson to the student, but the father speaking blessings over the son. The father wants the son to pass! You should want the people in your church to succeed. Speak life over them, and train them to speak life over themselves. Train them to make declaration of life, of being blessed, of walking in victory.
Stretch People by moving them from their comfort zones. People need to be able to see beyond their horizon. They need to know they are not turkeys, they are eagles, but that is not enough – you also have to push them to fly. Sometimes you have to throw people out of the nest into the sky. Sometimes you have to push them off a cliff and go “fly” – you have to stretch people to soar. You have to demand to the best of your ability, and as sweetly as you can, push people to dream larger than what they see right now.
That stretching hurts people – they have to give up the views that they grew up with all their life and that will cause strife with their tribe, as they give up the grounded, limited views and develop life-giving views that give power and life! People can lose friends, can fail, can fall apart, but you keep stretching them, keep speaking over them, keep plugging the identity leaks and above all keep working on yourself.