Leadership is strenuous and stressful. In difficult days of leading an orgnaization it is hard to stay fresh and to be sensitive to leading correctly. One of the hardest aspects of ministry leadership during trying times is the very act of leading other and yourself. It can be very disheartening when leading becomes the one act of leadership that you dread the most.
However, on those days, when the last thing that you want to do is lead, there are some small actions that you can take in order to go to the office with a right spirit and mind.
How to Lead When You Don’t Feel Like It
1. Utilize your feelings of anger and disappointment.
The prophet Jeremiah in the Bible used his sorrows to write a book called Lamentations. Our anger and our disappointments can be the very tool that accelerates our leadership to the next level. Use your feelings of hurt and pain to relate to those in hurt and pain in your company. Tell the people that you lead of the feelings and emotions that you are experiencing and watch them connect with you on a deeper level.
Coaching Question: What is your biggest disappointment that is impacting your leadership?
2. Review success stories.
In times of difficulty it can be helpful to read through encouraging letters, cards and e-mails that you have received. A good word of encouragement can change your whole outlook. Those words of past successes give hope that this day that you lead can be part of a defining moment in someone’s life.
Coaching Question: Do you keep your encouraging letters, cards, and emails and do look at them often?
3. Lead yourself.
Try making a couple of decisions that are just for your life. Lead yourself first. Focus on your needs and growth areas and make decisions that will help you become a better leader. Here is a fundamental fact: When you get better at leading yourself, you will get better at leading others.
When you get better at leading yourself, you will get better at leading others.
Coaching Question: Where could you lead yourself better?
4. Seek out a Mentor or a Friend.
Dryness is often a signal that you trying to do to much. It is at this time that we need to seek out the help of others. You might need to find a mentor or a friend to discuss the struggles, setbacks, and difficulties that you are facing.
Coaching Question: Do you have a mentor or a friend that you can talk to about difficult times?
5. Lead in an area that you are passionate about.
Sometimes leading becomes stale because leaders are trying to lead to what they think are the needs of their people. The greatest leaders and leadership decisions ever made, were made from conviction and passion. Look past the needs of your organization, and search your soul to find those areas of leadership that are part of your core values. You will then get excited about leading yourself, your organization, and your people.
Coaching Question: If you could only lead in one area of your organization, what one area would you chose?
You will face a day or two in your life when you just don’t feel like leading. Good leaders’ persevere through those dark days of leadership. The esteemed poet of old, Samuel Johnson was quoted as saying, “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” These are some helpful habits that you can find beneficial to help you persevere in leading even when you don’t feel like it.