Habits of Healthy Leaders
Patrick Lencioni, in his book, The Advantage, notes that ‘organizational health trumps everything.’ Not only have I found his argument to be true in the church to a high degree, but I have also found it to be true for the leaders of the church as well. Outside of the work of God, health is the most important factor in the effectiveness of pastors, staff and ministry leaders. Outside of the Gospel, the most important factor in the effectiveness of a church is the health of the church. Health trumps all.
When I think about the health of ministry leaders, I find myself reflecting on the categories provided by the Greatest Commandment: heart, soul and mind.
We often think of health just in terms of the physical, but that is a rather limited view.
Health does not happen by accident; it takes intention and action. You may not be the most dynamic pastor or staff member, but you can be the healthiest you can be. Health trumps it all. Healthy leaders are thriving leaders. Healthy churches are thriving churches. God wants his children and his churches to experience lasting and transformative health. Health in every area of our lives is part of the promise of the abundant life. Health is not easy, but it is essential.
There are 7 habits of healthy leaders:
- Healthy leaders are praying leaders.
- Healthy leaders are teachable.
- Healthy leaders engage in self-care and sabbath.
- Healthy leaders do conflict well.
- Healthy leaders have high self-knowledge.
- Healthy leaders have boundaries.
- Healthy leaders embrace & dispense grace.
Rev. Dr. Marcus J. Carlson, Executive Director