Recently, I started thinking about the work ethic of leadership. What kind of impact does work ethic have on one’s leadership, or on their leadership potential? For our purpose, let’s define work ethic as the ability to be self-directed to complete tasks, which maintain and enhance the organizations values and purposes. When a leader does not have work ethic, their leadership actually diminishes and so follows their leadership potential. When a “leader” does not have a good work ethic they are allowing the organizations functions to decline, potentially causing the organization to cease growth. Ultimately, lack of work ethic can lead to organizational breakdown. The willingness to continue to lead commands, leaders put their full energy into the organizations structure to complete the tasks necessary in order to maintain and enhance the organizations values and purposes to drive that organization into the future potential the organization rightfully deserves.
Proverbs 19:15 adds,
Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry.
Ultimately, leadership is just as Proverbs 19:15 states, lazy leadership may be able to rest easy, but in reality it will leave the organization, the people and that leader hungry.
Strive to become the leader who leads with excellent work ethics by following these five simple steps:
1. No matter how flexible your schedule, set guidelines and meet them daily.
2. Each morning create a list of priorities for the day.
3. Create long-term and short-term goals, objectives and timelines for completion.
4. Develop an accountability partner with whom you discuss demands, burnout and organizational stresses with.
5. Create a time of spiritual evaluation, contemplation and prayer.
Holy Bible: New Living Translation. (1996). Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House.