6 Essential Commitments for Leaders

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Adapted from an article by Rick Warren

If you were to look through the New Testament for the phrase “make every effort,” you’d find it six times. They represent six important vows we need to make as leaders. I believe these six vows will lead to an effective and productive life of a leader.

1) Vow to maintain integrity
“Make every effort to be found spotless, blameless, and at peace with him.” 2 Peter 3:14

God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. No one is perfect. To be spotless and blameless means to live with integrity. How do you maintain integrity if you’re not perfect? You need to be transparent. A person of integrity is not claiming to have it all together in every area. On the contrary, the person of integrity is willing to be open about their strengths and weaknesses.

Having integrity also means living what you say you believe. You model what you teach. And you tell the truth, even when it’s tough. All leadership is built on trust. And trust comes from having the reputation for living out what you believe and for telling the truth. As a leader, people must trust you.

2) Vow to forgive those who hurt you
“Make every effort to live in peace with all men. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up.” Hebrews 12:14-15

Leaders forgive those who hurt them. You cannot be in leadership without being willing to be hurt and you’ve got to be willing to forgive those who hurt you. If you allow bitterness to build, it will choke your heart for God and your love for people until your heart shrivels.

3) Vow to relax and trust God
“Anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter into God’s rest.” Hebrews 4:11

If you’re going to be a leader, you’ve got to learn to relax. You need to be concerned about the people around you but you also need to recognize that you’re not God. You can’t bear everybody’s burden all the time.

How do you release those burdens? First, you’ve got to pray. Ultimately, God is the one responsible for your leading.

It is also vital that you spend time in God’s Word meditating on his promises. Remember what God has done in the past and that He will continue to take care of you.

4) Vow to be an encourager
“Let us make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:19

As a Christian leader, you should build people up rather than tear them down. Take the time to look beyond the problems and look at the potential of those you lead. People get discouraged in life; you need to be a source of encouragement.

5) Vow to be a peacemaker
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3

You’ve got to deal with different personalities and backgrounds. Not everybody is like you and that’s good. Everyone has something to contribute. The perspective of those who see the world differently can add something indispensible to your life and the lives of those you are leading.

6) Vow to never stop growing
“Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive…” 2 Peter 1: 5-8

Leaders are learners. Keep reading. Get a mentor. Solicit feedback. Ask questions. Always look for ways to keep growing in your character and your skills. The very nature of leadership is tied to growth. You’ve got to grow if you are going to lead others to grow.

Make a learning plan every year. Your future leadership depends upon it. Will you commit to keep growing as a leader and as a person?

Think about it…

  • What area do you feel you need to grow in the most? Why?
  • How can you grow in the area you feel the strongest?

Prayer point…
Ask God to help you grow in the 6 commitments you need to make as a growing leader.

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