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Qualities of "High Hope" Leaders
A Leadership Inventory
Thomas F. Fischer, M.Div., M.S.A.
(Items are not necessarily listed in order of importance)
Check those qualities which best describe you...
- Self-Motivated they know how to get the ticker to tick, are willing and able to pick themselves up and carry on even if they have to crawl!
- Sense of Resourcefulness they feel that they will findand God will provide--some way to accomplish their goals, no matter how apparently impossible it might seem to them and others.
- Self-Assurance especially during the tight spots and tough times, they are able to assure themselves in spite of the criticism, discouragement, etc. Its not that they dont feel the pressures they are just able to move on in spite of them.
- Persistent they understand that victory is not to the swift, its to the persistent. Giving up guarantees failure. Persistence almost always guarantees victory.
- Patient Faith they realize that God doesnt always give instant "microwave" relief from crisis, although He certainly can and does. So, while waiting for Gods plan to unfold, they patiently keep plodding along not always knowing exactly where God will lead them or what He will give, but confident that as they keep hanging in there, God will work through themsometimes in some unforeseen and unpredictable ways.
- Adaptable though they never give up their vision, they are able to survive because they are flexible enough to seek, discover, and find multiple ways to reach their goals. Most importantly, such adaptability is really an openness to give God some room to do His work, too!
- Ability to incrementalize goals they know when they have to break down larger goals into smaller goals so that they can still reach their goal, incrementally, if necessary. When one cant possibly think they can hold on for the long-haul, they break the long-haul down into smaller increments of time. Sometimes while waiting for the entire plan of God to materialize, they just look for the simple incremental evidences that God really is workingday by day, little by littleto consummate His plan through them.
- Walk away from the impossible they recognize that God may not give the ability, resources, etc. to use them at a given time in a particular setting.
- Willingness to mourn yes, there are lots of tears, hurts, and reasons for loneliness. Experiencing betrayal or recognizing that one must finally "cut the cord" or "shake the dust off" is notand should notbe a pleasant experience. To be a shepherd is to care; to have to let go is almost always painful and sometimes almost unbearable.
- Willingness to heed Gods plan They can place all things in Gods hands and leave whatever happens to Gods will, in spite of what the governing committee had worked out over months and years of planning. Its even harder when God contravenes our personal plans and expectations. Sometimes, He just has to let us knowin a big waythat Hes God. As one pastor told me, remember youre in sales, not management!
- Go where God wants them to go wherever it might be.
- Frightened and scared whenever were called by God to do His work, we sense our inability to carry out the task. We get scared--even terrified. That shouldnt surprise us. Leaders with hope understand that no one who was ever called to Gods work didnt experience fear.
- Unconditional belief in Gods presence with them... Without this, the fear overcomes. Sometimes leaders cant depend on their timing, abilities, charisma, administrative prowess, etc. Its at these times "High Hope Leaders" submit themselves completely to the promise of Gods presence to be with them even in the valley of death, even in rejection. They trust that God will make them a pillar of iron and a fortress (cf. Jer. 1:17-19). Admittedly, sometimes High Hope Leaders dont do this as part of an intentional strategy. Instead, they do it by default because theres just no where else to turn.
- Can unconditionally acceptand shareGods forgiveness with all others... Without forgiveness, there can be no hope or future. We must often forgive others who have hurt us; we must also be willing to forgive ourselves. Gods renewal cannot come unless unconditional forgiveness can become dominant in the lives of Gods people. This, of course, starts in the leader. Hope begins when leaders start to experience, live and share Gods forgiveness with others.
- Can love people unconditionally... In the movie "Camelot" King Arthur commended Lancelot for saving the queen. "You must be a good man," King Arthur said. "If you knew me better, you wouldnt say that," Lancelot replied. The King responded, "Ive learned that you cant love people in slices. You have to love the good with the bad."
13-15...Very high momentum
10-12...Strong sense of hopefulness
8-9 ......Hopeful, but may be stopped by occasional flashes of disappointment
4-7.......It's been a hard to keep going
Less than 4: You're dealing with the "Elijah Syndrome" (see I Kings 19:1ff)
Are you a "high hope" leader? How many of the above characterize you when things are good? When things are not going well? Which two items above should you prayerfully focus on to help make yourself a more effective bearer of Christian hope in your church in Gods grace?
Ive found one of the best ways to understand "High Hope Leadership" is to do sermon studies on Biblical leaders and prophets. Try it! Do a three week series on Jeremiah 1:4 ff., Ezekiel, Elijah (I Kings 18-19), or others. It will deepen your understand, experience and recognition that God really is using youwhether you feel like it or notand He hasn't even begun using you yet!
Thomas F. Fischer
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