bikepicA few years ago I was able to help my 4 year-old granddaughter learn to ride a bicycle. By the end of the summer she was really confident, and could ride all over her neighborhood. After having all winter off from bike riding, however, the next spring came and Madison was scared to try the bike for fear that she would fall. It took some encouraging but within an hour she was up and riding again with ease.

Like Madison, I learned to ride a bike around 3 or 4 and enjoyed riding with friends around the area I grew up in. At age 18 I took bicycle riding to a new level when I joined a riding group and rode my bicycle from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, starting in California and ending in South Carolina. Yep, that is a long way to peddle, about 3500 miles. Through this adventure I saw much of the United States at a pretty slow pace, and I learned a lot about myself and team work.

When riding long distances there are days you physically don’t know if you will make it to the end of that day’s ride. At those times you learn to lean on your teammates.  On our cross-country trip we rode in packs of 6 riders. Everyday someone different on the team would be having a hard day and the rest of the group would be there to help. One of the main ways to help each other was to let tired team members “draft” (ride in the wind suction created by others) to rebuild their energy. At the end of the day our whole group had to reach the days destination.

 

Isn’t this like leadership?

  • We knew, when riding across the US, that we wouldn’t be able to accomplish our goal alone, but would need others to journey with us. As the tasks before us grow and expand a good leader adds key people to his team, knowing that we can accomplish more with others than we can alone.

 

  • A good leader learns along the way. Like my granddaughter Madison, who had me to teach her to ride a bike, you need to learn from someone who has walked through what you are doing. Seek wise counsel and understand that there is always more to learn.

 

  • A good leader is always looking out for his team! Encouraging them in their gifts and challenging them to grow as well.

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Seasons Change

I think there is wisdom in this process that applies to all of us, gardeners or not. As we enter into new seasons of life, work, ministry, family, or church, do we know how to transition into the new season? What fruits of the previous season does God want us to preserve that will bring us nourishment in the next season?

All things to all men

As leaders, we need to look for men and women who love us and want what is best for us and are willing to tell us of areas to watch out for. And as leaders we need to trust those who are on our team. We must train and release them. When we do that well, our ministries and staff will grow and we as leaders will be healthy.

What do I do with the fear of failure?

We all are faced with failure, or the fear of it, especially if we are in a place of leadership. Leading will involve risk. Do our past failures lead us to say, “I never want to try that again,” and do use that mindset to discourage others? Or do we use our past failures as learning experiences in moving forward?

Is my Team Just Like Me?

As good leaders we must seek to effectively work with all four personality types and recruit them for our team. This will help our ministry or business grow, and it will accomplish more than possible without these differences. It will also help us to grow as individuals.

Leadership for a New Course

I find it amazing how God becomes so relevant in the middle of my normal Bible reading schedule. This morning I was reading from Luke 22:24-30

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