Like most parents, I believe my son is a smart kid. I want to help him reach his full potential. I want to be his biggest cheerleader and help him push over speed bumps even when he believes they are walls.
A few months ago, while I was helping him with his homework I could see he was frustrated. The material he was working on was hard and it was pushing his limits. I noticed that he was starting to feel discouraged so I decided to speak up. I said “Son, when it starts to get hard, that’s when you know you are learning. That’s when you know you’re in the right spot.”
In reality easy is boring. Sometimes it feels safe and maybe sometimes that’s what we need, but if we really want to grow we have to put ourselves in situations that stretch us.
If we want our church to grow, we need to live by this same truth.
Here are the top 10 reasons why pushing your leadership limits could help your church grow.
1. It requires you to educate yourself.
Read what you need. When you put yourself in stretching situations it gives you the context for learning. You can immediately put into practice theories and methods from people who have been down your path before.
2. It requires you to pay close attention.
When you can coast by, you can get away with putting life and work on cruise control. You believe you can get yourself out of trouble if necessary with a little effort. But when you are pushing your limits you begin to realize the if you’re not on top of things, something is going to fall through the cracks.
3. It requires you to ask for help from your team.
Sometimes the fear of failure us just enough to help you get over the embarrassment of asking for help. Failing because you didn’t ask for help is just ridiculous.
4. It highlights the need for a leadership pipeline.
When you step into new and stretching roles it often means you have to stop doing something, often something that still needs to be done. And if you are going to keep putting yourself in stretching roles, it will require that you pass off what you are doing now to someone confident and capable. Thus the need to a develop growing group of leaders will become more and more pressing.
5. It can give you new confidence.
Let’s be honest, it is quite the shot of confidence when you accomplish something you weren’t sure you could. That confidence is the fuel you use to take on the next leadership stretching project.
6. Your leadership limits are the bottleneck of your church.
Unfortunately, because of the authority you hold (officially or unofficially) your ability to lead can be the governor slowing down your church growth. This is a heavy burden to carry, but it is also a relief to know that this is such an effective area to focus. The energy you put into pushing your limits is directly tied to the amount of impact your church can have in your community.
7. It forces you to assess your own limits.
When’s the last time you sat down to self assess your leadership limits?
8. You lead by example.
Image what would happen if the top 10 key leaders at your church would begin to push their own limits!! Imagine what you could accomplish.
9. It honors the skills you have been given.
It would be rude not to maximize the skills you’ve been given. Why would you want to waste them. The key here is to understand your strengths. Pick up a book like “Stand Out” and do the assessment. Understand what your best contribution is and then put yourself in stretching situations to use those strengths.
10. Hope for a future you can be proud of.
Wouldn’t you love to look back and see your impact expanding? Wouldn’t you love to look back on pictures and recall the hard work and growth you experienced.
Pushing your leadership limits is as simple as taking lead on a new project or task. Choose something you don’t have a lot of experience in. Review #9 and make it part of your work culture, part of your habits, part of your planning. Understand your strengths and then look for new situations to offer them.