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Are You a Generous Leader?

Submitted by James Higginbotham on February 8, 2010 – 4:10 amNo Comment

Leaders tend to come in two varieties: output-focused and people-focused. The output-focused leader gives priority to the tasks and deadlines ahead: church building upkeep, weekly metrics, and monthly goals. The people-focused leader spends their time investing in their team, guiding them to be better disciples, and after that looking at tasks, metrics, and goals.

The problem isn’t that output-focused leaders don’t love people. The problem is that they value the output more than the people. At the core is a heart issue and a God issue. The heart issue is that they see people as cogs to accomplish a task. The God issue is that they believe the tasks make God happy.

God wants us to be generous leaders. Leaders that strive to give more than we give. To guide more than we command. To be stern in those few instances where a firm hand is needed, while loving our team always.

Want to be a generous leader? Study what Jesus, Paul, and James have to say about being focused on others. Think first about your team. Be willing to stand up to your leaders and let them know that the people come first. Whatever you choose, take some time to make the tasks a lower priority and focus on the people.

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