“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.” Proverbs 22:29
I have experienced the difference in influence between good and great leaders. From my time in the corporate world to my last 5 years in full-time ministry, I’ve been fortunate enough to work alongside passionate visionaries. These men are often organized and effective in communicating how to move a plan forward. It’s inspiring to be around people who know how to lead with excellence. I wouldn’t hesitate to go to battle with a leader who takes initiative and leads courageously.
On the other hand, I’ve also experienced working alongside people who are afraid to make a decision. They lack the courage to take initiative, and their thoughts are unorganized. They are full of excuses as to why the plan isn’t being executed. Their communication style is sometimes bland and boring. There’s no confidence, and as a result, I have often scrambled to find my way out of the commitment.
One of our core values at Men of Iron is ‘Leading With Excellence.’ It was inspired by one of Craig Groeschel’s values for LifeChurch.tv. We state, “We will lead with passion and professionalism. Excellence honors God and inspires people.”
Our world is in desperate need of honorable men who will step up to the plate to lead with excellence.
Referring to Proverbs 22:29, are you leading in a way that honors God and inspires people around you? Are you leading in a way that reflects Jesus Christ? Are you leading in such a way that people view you as a man skilled in his work? It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you’re married or single or how much money you have. Proverbs 22:29 should be a challenge to all men to be skilled in the way you are leading!
Below, you will see the three areas in which we believe men are distinctly called need to lead with excellence. Take some time to evaluate your skill of leadership in each of the three areas:
- Leadership In Your Family
- Leadership In Your Church
- Leadership In Your Community
Where and how do you need to step up with excellence as a leader?
Garret Barbush, Executive Director