Today, I want to talk to you about thriving as a leader. Now, you will absolutely thrive as a leader when your passion, focus, and engine overlap in your doing. Let’s take a look.
Your passion is what motivates you. It actually gives you energy for what you’re doing. You likely do these things competently and effectively already. When you are not passionate about something, unfortunately the reverse is true. It creates that sense of dread. It leads to procrastination. It wipes out all of your energy. If you are not passionate about something you are doing, is this something that you have given yourself to do? Maybe it’s something you’ve been assigned to do? We are all leaders and we are responsible for our ministry. We are going to get it done. But the question is, could you hand this off to someone else and develop them to do that? Is it something that you could find somebody else who might be more passionate about it than you?
Next, let’s take a look at focus. There are inevitably things that you are good at doing. Maybe you are even the best at doing. Hopefully these are things that align with your passion. These are what you should be focused on. They may be a people part of the ministry or a details part, but if you aren’t focused on these things, you are probably getting a diminishing return on your investment of time, effort, and energy.
Next, we have the engine. Engine is your responsibilities that come with your ministry or leadership role. It’s what propels you. It’s what moves you and your ministry forward to fulfill its mission and vision. For example, in your church it may be the kids ministry, the outreach ministry, or the Sunday service. It’s what you are known for. It’s your engine that grows your church and moves it forward.
What is your engine, and how do you contribute your passion, focus, and time to it? Now that you better understand how to best thrive where you are passion, focus, and engine overlap, what are you going to do about it?