There’s a debate among experts about whether leaders are born or whether leaders are made. I’m not an expert, but I’m going to weigh in: Leaders are born. Managers are made. You can be a leader but not the best manager. The best leaders are constantly learning, practicing, and refining their management skills. Let’s ‘follow-up’ on the great advice Kurt and Josh gave us.
Follow Up: In other words: Don’t drop the ball! It’s nice to be agreeable, but it’s dangerous to communicate with anyone while you’re running around preparing for youth group, worship, a retreat, etc. Whenever you’re approached outside your office or without a tool to record something, politely ask the person to send you an email or call you during your office hours. This way, the ball is still in their court. The minute you say “yes” to something, you’ve got a ball to juggle. You can’t manage something if you forget what you’ve agreed to do.
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Follow the Leader: You might be leading your particular ministry, but you still have a boss and work with others who are in charge of their areas. The foundation of any relationship is trust, so be strategic. By following the advice of Kurt and Josh you can begin building trust with everyone —the senior pastor, the church secretary, the janitor, the choir director, the elder board, the women’s ministry, etc. Manage your relationships by humbly approaching everything you do by honoring the work of the whole.