I don’t think any great leader hopes to just survive in ministry, to just make it by. No, I believe all great Christian leaders have a strong desire to THRIVE in ministry and in life. They want their ministry be significant and successful. Great leaders continually recognize that significance and success are a result of good habits, and insignificance and unsuccessfulness is a result of bad habits. Thriving as a leader is not a one-time event, but an ongoing discipline. John Maxwell is known for saying, “We first form habits, and then habits form us.” In order to thrive as a leader, you must develop and master certain good leadership habits.

Here are Five Leadership Habits to form in order to THRIVE as a Christian leader.

Habit #1 – Control Your Time

Ephesians 5:16 says, “These are evil times, so make every minute count.”

How you use your time will determine if you thrive, survive or fail as a leader. Thriving leaders plan and prioritize their time. They know when to say “Yes” and when to say “No”.

Most importantly, they value their quiet time with God above all else.

Habit #2 – Have a Winning Attitude

Philippians 2:5-8, “Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus Christ, who, though he was God, did not demand and cling to his rights as God, but laid aside his mighty power and glory, taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men. And he humbled himself even further, going so far as actually to die a criminal’s death on a cross.”

To have a winning attitude is vital in leadership. Here are some attitude differences between losers and winners in leadership. Losers say: I can’t, I don’t, and I won’t. Whereas winners say: I can, I do, and I will. Which do you tend to say more often?

Your attitude will determine your altitude. Ministry will challenge your attitude. This is why thriving Christian leaders always determine to keep a humble, servant’s attitude like their Lord.

These are the first two habits in thriving as a leader. Which one do you need to work on most?

Watch for Part 2 next month…