All leaders should take time to reflect on their leadership. The questions leaders use to evaluate and reflect on their leadership is important. Inherent in the questions is the goal of the leader. In other words, what we seek to do or become as a leader will influence the questions we choose to evaluate our progress.
Let’s be honest, what we really want to know as leaders is this….”Am I a good leader?” Beyond the common metrics we use, beyond the typical measurements of what a leader should do…we want to go deeper and truly know down in our souls…”Am I a good leader?”
And to answer that will require a different set of leadership evaluation questions…a much deeper set.
The questions a leader asks him or herself are of vital importance.
I was listening to a sermon from Pastor Mike Erre, the pastor of EV Free Church Fullerton titled the Community of Obedience. (*Note: EV Free Fullerton was the first church I ever stepped foot into. It holds a special place in my heart) Mike’s point is that their has to be more than words to our confession of faith. There is a life behind our words and that life yields good fruit or bad fruit. Of course, this is true for leaders as well.
A leader is simply one disciple leading other disciples.
So maybe, just maybe, one of the ways a leader needs to evaluate their leadership is through the lens of fruitful discipleship. What is needed is a radically different set of questions than is typically used to evaluate our leadership currently. At the end of the sermon Mike asked a series of questions that would shine the light on our discipleship fruit as leaders. It is a set of questions that every leader should ask of themselves.
Leader…there is a life behind your words. Do they match?
Think of it as “Leader Fruit Evaluation.”
Are you making disciples?
In your life being poured out?
Are you a witness to the God revealed in Jesus?
Is there more joy?
Is there more peace?
Is there more patience?
Is there more love?
Is there more faithfulness?
Is there more gentleness?
Is there more kindness?
Is there more mercy?
Is there more compassion?
Is there more hunger and thirsting for righteousness?
Is there more generosity?
Is there more forgiveness?
Is there more love of enemy?
Is there more love of neighbor?
Is there more renewing of the mind?
Is there less anger?
Is there less jealousy?
Is there less judgment?
Is there less name calling?
Is there less greed?
Is there less lust?
Is there less pride?
The answers to these questions will take a leader to a different place, a different set of goals and assumptions. A place not measured in numbers, budget, vision, strategy, dollars, attendance, and all the other common metrics of church or ministry leadership. It will take a leader to a deeper place. A place where their confession meets expression in their life and its impact in the lives of others.
I pray Pastor Mike Erre’s questions challenge us all.
Before we are leaders of others…we are servants of our savior.
A leader must first and foremost be a follower.
A leader must be able to say more than “Go.” A leader must be able to say, “Go, and do likewise.”
The great leaders for Jesus are the great followers of Jesus. Great shepherds who remain great sheep.