Two unrelated elements have contributed to this blog and its specific title - Leadership Actuality. First, there are books. I love them and have a bunch of them. This year, however, I've set a goal not to purchase a book this year. Why? Simple - instead of reading something new, I need to apply the learning that I already have. This will be a year of revisiting things I have already read.
Second, a friend challenged me in another area, and that suggestion coincided with my thinking around the book goal. Specifically, his push was for me to write more in this blog. If you look, my last entry was from the summer of 2021. As I reflected, I think I have the direction that this will go.
We have a tremendous amount of leadership books. They are read and put on the shelf with little, if any, implementation. The greatest selling book of all time - the Bible - faces a similar experience as its guidance goes unheeded because it gathers dust sitting on desks across the world.
An even worse fate, in my opinion, is that we read and study the Bible only as an intellectual exercise. We see a great deal of written expression that covers Biblical or spiritual leadership, but here's a question - are our churches stronger than 20 years ago? The answer is clearly no, meaning that the scholarship and not created transformation.
Thus, we need less intellectual, leadership theory and more practical, leadership actuality. In other words, we need to take the leadership learning from God's Word and answer this question - "so what?" When we learn and apply, then transformation is around the corner.
There is one area of leadership that I will target in this series. Once I share this area, feel free to offer suggestions and directions you'd like me to take.
Till next time, this acronym will suffice - DmL.