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Leadership is a Mental Game

By Doug Franklin January 21, 2010

I love to play tennis. The thing I love about tennis is you’re never out of the game. The game doesn’t end by a clock but by one person winning a required amount of games to conclude the match.  As long as the match is going you can win. So tennis becomes a mental game. You have to convince yourself that you are “in it to win it” because at any point you can turn it around and win the match.  Leadership is much the same. As leaders we must be constantly remember that strong leadership will win the day with our followers. Too often I meet beaten down leaders who have abandoned their leadership position. They have given up due to a wound; someone hurt them by their actions or words. I understand that obstacles come in our leadership and people do mean things to each other, especially in church settings. Don’t lose heart, remember the Lord fights with you. You are called by God to lead, so lead. Be humble and obedient and allow God to work through you. When we are weak He is strong.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More