One key indicator of good leadership is to look at a leader’s family. This may be a matter of personal opinion, but I believe a leader is only as good as the success of the followers of the person leading. I personally believe the greatest leadership calling for any of us is in our home, so if a person desires to be a great leader, he or she must learn first to lead his or her family well.
I have known so many people who claim to be leaders and are hailed as great leaders in their profession or organization, but who have family lives that are a mess. Sadly this is true in many churches also, which is where most of my leadership focus is aimed. Again, it is a matter of opinion, but I have a harder time celebrating a person as a great leader if they have no ability to lead in their private life. Maybe I am wrong, but I often weigh a pastor’s leadership excellence by the countenance on his wife’s face or the relationship he has with his children. At our church, when we are hiring a staff person, we always consider the person’s spouse and children in the equation. It is not only Biblical, but it is also practical.
Pastors and other leaders, if you measured your influence and success in ministry or business completely by your immediate family, how are you doing?
I have shared my opinion and I would love to hear yours. Do you have a harder time following a leader if you find out he or she does not lead well in the home?