I happen to be both a parent and a ministry leader. Ironically, I spent four years in graduate school to learn more about being a pastor, but had zero preparation for the more important job. Still, there is a lot in common with the ministry and parenting hats that I wear. In my almost eight years of parenting, I’ve discovered that there is a good deal of overlap when it comes to the principles involved in parenting and leadership. Here are five truths that apply to both parenting and to leadership.
We learn how to make good decisions partly by making bad decisions.
One of the hardest things for me to do as a parent is to allow my kids to make a bad decision. This doesn’t mean that we don’t step in as parents when we need to, but there are times when parents need to allow their kids to navigate a situation on their own. The same is true when it comes to leading a team. The staff and leaders you lead won’t learn how to make decisions on their own if you always do it for them.
We become good at something by trying it before we know what we’re doing.
Skills are developed through practice. Whether it’s cracking an egg, riding a bike, or using a computer, good parents encourage their kids through the early, painful steps of learning how to do something. Kids don’t need to be told how to do every step; they need a reassuring smile and someone they trust who will tell them, “Let’s try it again; don’t give up.” When you think about it, that’s what great leaders and bosses do, too.Continue Reading