THE POWER OF FOCUSING
What does it take to have the focus required to be a truly effective leader? The keys are priorities and concentration. A leader who knows his priorities but lacks concentration knows what to do but never gets it done. If he has concentration but no priorities, he has excellence without progress. But when he harnesses both, he has the potential to achieve great things.
I frequently meet people in leadership positions who seem to major in minor things. So the important question is, How should you focus your time and energy? Effective leaders who reach their potential spend more time focusing on what they do well than on what they do wrong. To be successful, focus on your strengths and develop them. That’s where you should pour your time, energy, and resources.
Growth equals change. If you want to get better, you have to keep changing and improving. That means stepping out into new areas. If you dedicate time to new things related to areas of strength, then you’ll grow as a leader. Don’t forget: in leadership, if you’re through growing, you’re through.
Nobody can entirely avoid working in areas of weakness. The key is to minimize it as much as possible, and leaders can do it by delegating. For example, I delegate detail work to others. A team of people handles all the logistics of my conferences. That way when I’m there, I stick to the things I do best, such as the actual speaking.
—The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader
SET YOUR PRIORITIES AND FOCUS ON YOUR STRENGTHS TODAY.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
Leaders Leading Leaders
THE POWER OF PURPOSE
But I want you to know, Brethren , that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. PHILIPPIANS 1:12–14
Paul might have been forgiven had he chosen to take a little sabbatical as he sat in prison, awaiting his trial. Yet he used even this opportunity to advance the gospel. Paul was a leader who never drifted from his mission. He determined to leave his mark wherever he went. How did Paul’s sense of purpose keep him in the battle as he sat in prison?
What did he learn behind bars? Consider the following:
A purpose will motivate you.
A purpose will keep your priorities straight.
A purpose will develop your potential.
A purpose will give you power to live in the present.
A purpose will help you evaluate your progress.
The Maxwell Leadership Bible
When has your sense of purpose sustained you? How can it help you now?