Well, that's obvious. Yet in my experience it is not something that always happens.

People like the title that leadership affords. However, they don't always like the responsibility. If we want others to follow then we must first lead, and then model the behaviour, the culture, and the lifestyle we desire to see in others, in our teams, in our business in our church or in our ministries.

Leaders lead themselves first. This can be where our leadership of others fails. We don't lead ourselves well. We create confidence or not by the way we lead ourselves. Let's not get so settled in our leadership we neglect the simple act of looking after ourselves.

Leaders lead all the time. It's not something which can be dipped in and out of. You either are a leader or you are not. Leaders don't get a day off and this can be tough. Leaders lead 24/7 so be ready for what that means.

Leaders lead with integrity. The Apostle Paul used the phrase 'above reproach'. It's a conscious decision to be the same person, living by those high standards, regardless of events. It's the discipline to be that type of person, which sets certain leaders apart from others.

Leaders lead with purpose. Sometimes you just know what's right, other times it can be a little less clear. Lead with purpose,  confident in your calling, not for popularity. Clear vision creates purpose which helps in knowing what it is right to do and what is not.

Leaders lead even though others won't always like it. If you are willing, then be a leader who leads. It's easy to be the one who takes the shot, more challenging to be the one who is aimed at. That is part of leading. Although not everyone will like how you lead, the majority want to be led.

Are you ready for the adventure? Get ready. Get excited. The rewards for being a leader who leads far outweigh the challenges along the way. The only thing you have to choose is to be that kind of leader.

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