At Sacred, we try to be very purposeful about our language because words matter.
One word we've tried to eradicate from our language is "volunteer". It's not that volunteering is bad, we just want to identify those who serve at Sacred are "leaders". It ties back to one of our house rule: We will develop kingdom contributors, which means we are growing leaders, not just training volunteers.
These kind of leaders do things that most people don't do. I read this article, "5 Things Great Leaders Do (That Most People Don’t)" and wanted to share the three that stuck out to me:
2. Find a Mentor
Great leaders never stop learning. Many of the very best continue to have coaches and mentors even as they sit at the highest levels of leadership in their company or organization.
The truth is, it’s never too late or too early to find a mentor. So find one (or three) and starting asking questions. Listen well to what they have to say. Give them permission to speak hard truths into your life. And take really good notes. Not only will this allow you to draw from their wealth of knowledge and experience, but it’ll help you avoid having to learn what they have the hard way.
3. Finish What They Start
One of the best pieces of advice I was given as an aspiring young leader was, “Do everything you can to finish what you start.” That was not my track record up until that time, but I took the advice and it changed my life.
I meet a lot of passionate young people who jump from one thing to the next without finishing many of the things they’ve started. As my mentor pointed out to me in my early twenties, this is a character issue. It’s a sign of immaturity and selfishness as we what we want or feel right now is given complete precedence. It breaks trust with others as they come to realize we can’t be counted on to follow through on what we’ve said. It develops a really bad habit that will not serve you well as you grow older. And it shortcuts the character development that happens in the hard work of persevering (Romans 5:3-4), a necessary quality for every leader.
So finish what you start. No matter how badly you want to quit, no matter how hard it gets, finish and finish well.
5. Don’t Wait for Permission
I meet a lot of young people who plan to do something someday, but are doing little to move that direction right now.
But here’s the thing: You can start doing some of the things you want to do someday today. And doing it today is the best way to figure out whether you actually want to do it someday.
You want to start a business? Awesome. Start one. Even if it fails in six months and you don’t net a single dollar, you will have learned more trying and failing than you will sitting around reading Fast Company for the next five years. The same goes for most anything else. You want to go into ministry? Great. Start doing ministry today. Take responsibility for spiritually investing in those in your relational circles now. Then pay attention to what happens. If you see fruit, that’s a really good sign. If not, at least you’ve got some experience to process with your mentor before you invest a whole lot of years and money in a ministry education you may never use.
The point is you can start right where you are, right now. Don’t wait for permission.
Read the full list here.