A leader’s life includes all of the things he lives for. We must keep everything in proper perspective, in focus. Leaders must allow their lives to revolve around the Lord Jesus Christ and what He has called them to do as leaders. Yet, with this in mind leaders must also realize that their success as a leader includes the lives around them.
By Steve Smith
A Leader’s Focus Leadership Thought:
Vision is imperative to Leadership. To get -where you’re going, vision must be sharp, clear, and focused.
Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil. -Proverbs 4:25-27
Leaders must stay focused. Focused Leadership equals Forward Leadership. Unfocused Leadership equals Flailing Leadership. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the word focus used as a noun means the distinctness or clarity of an image rendered by an optical system or the state of maximum distinctness or clarity of such an image. It can mean the center of interest or activity or close or narrow attention; concentration. It can also mean a condition in which something can be clearly apprehended or perceived.
When used as a verb to focus means to cause to converge on or toward a central point or to concentrate. It means to render (an object or image) in clear outline or sharp detail by adjustment of one’s vision; to bring into focus. It means to adjust to produce a clear image. It can mean to direct toward a particular point or purpose or to converge on or toward a central point of focus; be focused. It can also mean to adjust one’s vision so as to render a clear, distinct image or to concentrate attention or energy on something.
Leaders must stay focused on three main areas:
The Leader’s Lord
The Leader’s passion must be to please the Lord Jesus Christ in all that we do. If we loose focus of our Lord then that passion dissipates and our purpose becomes unclear and unfocused. This only results in a lack of true, clear leadership.
Leaders must realize and make sure that they understand that first and foremost in their leadership responsibilities, in their ministries and in life itself, their personal relationship with Jesus Christ must take priority over everything else. Without an ongoing, growing, close relationship with God a leader will surely fail. We must maintain our focus in life as a leader and if our focus on the One we’re following is obscured for any reason everything else in life will be out of focus as well. “Lord, ‘show me your glory’ and keep me focused on that more than anything else!”