I am convinced that true leadership comes from within, not from around you. It is easy to develop a leadership style by looking around you and mimicking someone else. Don’t get me wrong, I believe very much in learning from other great leaders. I do it as much as possible. But true leadership must start from within us!
Mike Slaughter, pastor of Ginghamsburg Church, put it best when he said, “You can’t lead others until you first lead yourself.” That statement bothered me for several days. I realized that if I wanted to lead people spiritually, then I must be walking the talk. It was at that moment that I got very serious about consistently setting aside daily time with God. It changed me. I quickly learned that I will never be the leader I want to be until I can effectively lead myself.
If you desire to be a great leader, start with yourself. Lead yourself to purity. Lead yourself to devotion with God. Lead yourself to invite others to church. Lead yourself to financial freedom. Don’t worry about what other people aren’t doing until you are doing it. Lead yourself and then you will be qualified to lead others.