Chuck Swindoll, accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award at Catalyst 09, offered the following lessons he has learned:
1. It’s lonely to lead. Leadership involves tough decisions. The tougher the decision, the lonelier it is.
2. It’s dangerous to succeed. I’m most concerned for those who aren’t even 30 and are very gifted and successful. Sometimes God uses someone right out of youth, but usually he uses leaders who have been crushed.
3. It’s hardest at home. No one ever told me this in Seminary.
4. It’s essential to be real. If there’s one realm where phoniness is common, it’s among leaders. Stay real.
5. It’s painful to obey. The Lord will direct you to do some things that won’t be your choice. Invariably you will give up what you want to do for the cross.
6. Brokenness and failure are necessary.
7. Attitude is more important than actions. Your family may not have told you: some of you are hard to be around. A bad attitude overshadows good actions.
8. Integrity eclipses image. Today we highlight image. But it’s what you’re doing behind the scenes.
9. God’s way is better than my way.
10. Christlikeness begins and ends with humility.
Some of the observations are more eye-catching than others imho. My highlights:
3. It’s hardest at home.- this is a classic. ‘Home’ is where we let our guard down, it is where we become familiar and contempt creeps in. It is the place where we are not the ‘superstars’ others wrongly perceive us to be.
7. Attitude is more important than actions – at times in a very competitive environment like the ‘church scene’ we seem to believe that the destination (success) is justified by any method. Jesus displayed this through the emphasis on the right attitude – it isn’t just what we do but how we do it.
8. Integrity eclipses image. Today we highlight image. But it’s what you’re doing behind the scenes. This is my favourite from all 10. We must never forget to invest more than anything in our character, in what isn’t always visible, in who we are when the spotlights and the stage are not set. Image changes quicker than we can imagine. Character investment will never leave us bankrupt.
10. Christlikeness begins and ends with humility – the bedrock of any leaders’ life displayed through our thoughts words and actions.