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Leading From Your Gut

By Doug Franklin August 25, 2009

I realized many years ago if I try and be like other leaders I will fail; I need to lead from who I am. We are called into leadership by God and He gives us everything we need to do the mission He has called us to, so we got what we need. The key for us is to discover His gifts and practice them so we grow wise and strong. Remember the servant who is faithful gets more gifts. I am sure many of us can understand this but the question remains, “what should I lead, and in what manner should I do it?” This is where leaders need to look to their guts. I don’t have a verse for this but I believe God has put some things in my gut to do for Him. Things that He wants me to do in new and creative ways, ways that have never been done before. But it’s hard to follow my gut. So often I want to follow how others are doing it or learn the formula to success that some mega-church leader sells. It’s tough to stand in front of your staff and say, “I just have a feeling about this,” yet when I do, good stuff happens.

I can’t tell you how, but learn to listen to your gut. Test what is says against God’s word and share it with wise people in your life but never be afraid to listen to what it says.

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