david santistevan


5 Habits to Protect the Sanity of a Leader

There seems to be quite a chasm between public leadership and private devotion. The more successful a leader becomes, the more responsibility is given. The more responsibility that is given, the busier life becomes. It can be extremely difficult when, in the course of a week, a leader is constantly relied upon to give direction, to inspire, and to breathe vision numerous times. How does a leader keep his private devotion to Christ fresh? How does one ensure that his leadership and vision is coming from a place of honesty with Christ? Is it possible to properly balance the public and the private?

Well, I happen to be a young leader, so I hardly claim to have the corner on this topic. But here are a few things that I would recommend:

  • Invite Accountability – Being a leader can be lonely because you are providing care and direction to people but rarely getting that same attention for yourself. Find a close friend you trust, or another leader/pastor who you can vent to. Preferably someone older and more experienced who can be a listening ear and coach you in your leadership.
  • Don’t compromise your home – The more leadership you take on, the more temptation you will have to neglect time at home, date nights with your spouse, time with your kids, etc. Increase your vigilance when it comes to guarding these priorities. Don’t allow your public leadership to kill your leadership and availability at home.
  • Increased Leadership = Increase prayer – another temptation when faced with more leadership, is the tendency for your prayer life to weaken. You find yourself so busy that prayer seems a waste of time. Bible reading just has to wait until life slows down a bit. You start to rely on cranking through task lists. Resist this urge with vengeance. I would say the most important thing you can do is to increase your prayer life with any increased leadership. A posture of dependance on Christ is essential to remain humble and ensure you are hearing from God for your people.
  • Read – always increase in learning. A leader is a learner because he wants to know where to take his people.
  • Rest – be sure to take adequate breaks. I love Rick Warren’s philosophy – Divert daily, Withdraw Weekly, Abandon Annually. Easy to remember, sometimes difficult to apply. Your ministry will not die if you obey this principle; if anything, it may strengthen as you delegate to other capable leaders you are raising up.

What has helped you in your leadership? Anything you would add to this list?



October 25, 2010 - Posted by | Leadership

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