If the past few weeks have taught us anything, the importance of leadership is one of those lessons. Leadership is hard, but important. Good leaders are needed everywhere. Whether it is in your family, your team, your workplace, your church, or your community, our world needs more good leaders. But the funny thing about leadership, at least in part, is it has to be learned.

Leadership is not something that anyone naturally excels at, at least not consistently good leadership. It may be true that some people are more “natural born leaders”, but leadership is still a learned competency. It’s one reason I got further formal education in leadership. If there is anything I took away from my formal leadership education it’s this:

Most leadership lessons are learned from a failure or challenge of some kind.

James Emery White

Similar to many things in life, if you are going to excel at something you must be challenged and even fail at it first. They say it takes 10,000 hours to be considered an expert at anything (or at least they used to say that). And if you are going to do anything for 10,000 hours or more you better expect to fail and find it challenging at some point. Leadership is no different. If we are going to gain leadership lessons and improve our lead, then James Emery White’s post “How to Gain Leadership Lessons” is a great summary to start with.

Lessons are sometimes hard to learn and when it comes to leadership it can be downright difficult. Yet I think we would all admit being a better leader for our family, our neighborhood, our organization, and our community is something worth striving for and much needed in our day. I hope White’s 3 principles prove helpful for you in gaining valuable leadership lessons. I particularly need to work on #2.

Enjoy the article and let me know which of the 3 principles you found most helpful in gaining lessons on leadership. And as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!