Day 16 – Leaders vs Managers

So typically once per week, I edit a paper for a Master’s program. This week’s paper that was assigned was titled, “Determining Your Perfect Position”. After reviewing the paper, I was thinking a lot, made the necessary corrections and forwarded it on. One part that stood out to me was this, “We define leadership as the ability to influence a group toward the achievement of a vision or set of goals”. It went on to say, “one must understand that not all managers are leaders, nor are all leaders managers.” The final statement that stood out to me was, “Leaders are goal oriented and managers are task oriented”.

Then I began to think, well what category do I fall in. We all quite naturally want to be leaders, but I had to think, do I have what it takes? Well over the past year, I have completed quite a few task, pieces to a puzzle as I see them. They have all gotten me one step closer to the vision. While each piece was a significant victory, none of them were enough to cause me to lose sight of what the end result should be.

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:3 I am a leader and thankful for the vision that God has placed on my heart. My commitment and dedication to seeing it through and not getting distracted by the task that have been completed is evidence of that. “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” 1 Timothy 4:12-15

I must push myself to go where God is leading me and start to see myself how God sees me.

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