Ron Edmondson: A Time to Lead

The bottom line is it is a time for leadership. It is a great time to lead. Yes, it is hard, but all leadership is difficult.

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There has never been a better time to be a leader than today. It is a time to lead. I have been a student of leadership and a practicing leader for over 30 years and this time in which we live has produced the most conducive environments for leaders to thrive. Shall the real leaders stand up – we need you!

I know my claim may come as a surprise if you’re currently leading. It certainly seems harder to be a leader today. It seems there are more pressures against us and more critics than ever.

You have to go back to some of the basic understandings and definitions of leadership to get my point, The whole purpose and meaning of leader ship is being reinforced and proven in this season of leading.

Here’s Why It’s a Time to Lead:

1. The future is uncertain.

If the last couple of years has taught us anything it’s that we don’t know what changes are coming tomorrow. There is no way to adequately prepare for what is around the corner.

Leadership is designed for this scenario. Leaders help people head into the unknown. When the path is clear you don’t need a leader. You can manage that.

2. Risk abounds.

Where there is uncertainty there is risk.

Every good leader I know has somewhat of an entrepreneurial spirit. Risk is appealing to attract quality leaders. This should be especially true for my friends were attempting to walk by faith.

3. High need for innovation. 

We need new answers to old problems. And we need new solutions to new problems.

It’s often been said you can’t keep doing things the same way and get different results. That’s never been truer than now.

4. Trust is at an extreme low.

Trust is the foundation of all good leadership. Across our culture and in every spectrum of society people need and want to develop trust (often again) in leadership.

This one may not seem appealing at first thought but it actually means if you can lead with integrity and earn people’s trust you will attract loyal followers.

5. People are searching for something.

The increase of tension, anxiety and even a sense of hopelessness indicates many people know they are missing something. Often they aren’t even certain what it is for which they are looking. People need fresh visions for their organizations and their life.

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Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping church grow vocationally for over 10 years.