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Violated Leadership

By Doug Franklin January 6, 2010

It hurts when someone violates our leadership. When they don’t respect our decisions or question our leadership skills. It can make us want to quit and go home. Have you ever said to yourself, “if they don’t like how I am doing it then they can take over”? When our leadership is violated we tend to withdraw. But don’t jump ship too soon; remember that part of being a leader is having followers question you. You must stand in the stream of second guessers and still move forward. To do this, remember the following:

1. You serve Christ
When our leadership is for the Kingdom and our master is Jesus we serve at His pleasure. We look to Him for acceptance, encouragement and reward. Not to man. When the voice of Christ is louder in your head than the words of man, leadership will get a lot easier. Stay connected to Jesus, allow him to search your heart to make sure you stay in step with him.

2. You lead because you are burdened
Most people want to stand on the sideline and complain. Some have made it an art. Some get in the game and a few ask for the ball when the game is on the line. Most of the people who want the ball at the end of the game do so because they can’t stand the way things are – they want change. They have a burden to help others. When leadership gets tough remember your burden. Focus directly on it and allow it to block out all the naysayers.

3. Leadership changes everything
Leadership brings change; change improves peoples’ lives but it also brings you satisfaction and joy. Easy success in not fulfilling. Overcoming obstacles and leading change will be fulfillment and a reward from your King. It starts with “Well done…..”

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