Leadership Checkpoint: Are you really leading?

Being in charge does not make you a leader. Having responsibilities for a long time does not make you one either. Rather, a leader emerges amidst the responsibilities. Certain actions within those tasks distinguish you as a leader from merely managing responsibilities

Compare each list, then briefly reflect on your actions in your areas of responsibility. If you are a manager, are you trying to be a leader while shirking your management responsibilities? If you are a leader, do you simply manage your workplace, ministry or family?   

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This article is adapted from Howard Hendricks' curriculum, The Dynamics of Leadership, in which he thoroughly covers this tension and many more issues in leadership. It is an outstanding resource and is available today!

About the Contributors

Kymberli Cook

Kymberli Cook is the Assistant Director of the Hendricks Center, overseeing the workflow of the department, online content creation, Center events, and serving as Giftedness Coach and Table Podcast Host. She is also a doctoral student in Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, pursuing research connected to unique individuality, the image of God, and providence. When she is not reading for work or school, she enjoys coffee, cooking, and spending time outdoors with her husband and daughters.