(I know I started a series on leadership lessons from Peter last week and said they would continue over the next few posts. However, I wanted to share two statements from a podcast I recently heard. Lessons from Peter will return soon. I promise.)

I don’t consider myself a natural leader. You know those types, right? They walk into the room, and people think, “I like that guy” before he even opens his mouth (sometimes people’s opinion changes when he does open his mouth, but I digress…). It seems that some people have great gifts of natural leadership.

For me, leadership is a learned skill. I read books, enter conversations with others, and listen to podcasts on leadership. I was recently listening to a podcast, and the speaker was talking about how important it is for leaders to be problem solvers. That is who leaders are, according to the speaker, CPS (Chief Problem Solvers).

Here are two statements from the podcast:

“Small problems are big problems that just have not matured yet.”

“Leaders could solve more problems if they weren’t so busy denying them.”

Men, you are leaders. That is God’s calling on your life. You may not be a leader in your business because of your position or if you are retired. But you should be a leader in your home and at church. So, take some time to think about those two statements in relation to your area of leadership.

What are some small problems in your home or church that you should be helping solve before they become more significant problems?

Are you even seeing the problems that are there? Unless your family is perfect and your church has no sinners who comprise it, there are problems to solve in your area of leadership. Don’t ignore them.

Could that be a 2020 goal for you? Should a goal of yours be to identify, acknowledge small problems in your home and church, and seek to exercise appropriate leadership to solve them in a Christ-like manner?

I think it should be one of your goals.

What do you think? Comment on this post or talk to me either in person or through text/email. I would welcome that discussion.

2 thoughts on “Are you a CPS?

  1. This post reminded me of one of my managers at Universal Foods 40+ years ago. He didn’t ignore problems and he was willing to help others. He also didn’t accept responsibility for the problems of others who reported to him. I wrote about his approach in a recent blog post. He helped me see how I should approach solving problems I discovered in my department. I thought the illustration he used to help me see my role was his own creative genius. As it turns out, he was probably using an illustration from Harvard Business Review.

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  2. I have experienced many different styles of leadership (good and bad) in my 40+ years of teaching and coaching. I have also read about and studied leadership related to how to “develop” it in others. As a coach I realize the need for good leadership and have worked hard to foster it in my players and teams. One of the biggest barrier I’ve found in my arenas is the willingness of people to take on the hard work that goes w/ leadership. Without the motivation or desire to lead not much good is going to happen.

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