There is incredible power in simply showing up. This is true in parenting, it’s true in coaching, it’s true in teaching and it’s true in leadership. Over the years I’ve observed many church leaders who overestimate the potential of a pivotal moment and underestimate the power of faithfully showing up every day. When you show up daily, your leadership ends up showing up over time.
While there are some moments in leadership that matter more than others, one of the things that separates good leaders from great leaders is that they show up and approach every moment with the same vigor. So here are five principles of how great leaders show up every day:
Moments are more important than a Moment
Your most meaningful relationships, trust, culture and influence. While all of them can be destroyed in a moment, none of them are built in a moment but in a series of moments over an extended period of time.
Never underestimate the power of following through and doing what you said you were going to do. Delivering on time and on target on mundane everyday deliverables will take you further than you think.
Leadership can be a lot like sports and life; you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Most opportunities are missed in life because people don’t show up and take them.
The Next Right Thing
Sometimes you need to stop worrying about the next big thing and just do the next right thing. It may be less glamorous, it may seem like it won’t get you as far as fast as you want to go, but it will help you build the necessary character, discipline and practices that will get you there.
Be faithful with what you’ve been given and you’ll probably be given more. If you’re familiar with the Bible you’re probably familiar with this principle. Don’t underestimate the power and faithfulness that comes from showing up every day.
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