Gail and I have opportunity to be in conversations with PLI family across all age groups, from those entering PLI in their 20s and all the way to those in their 70s and 80s eager to invest in the leaders several decades their junior.
We frequently hear the 50s/early 60’s crowd say…
I love these “one more good run in me” leaders.
Here’s what I think:
Many leaders along the way lose hope and surrender courage. They find it difficult to trust God for breakthrough or blessing. They fail to reset leadership trajectories that angle incrementally away from effectiveness. Conflicts and disappointments rob them of emotional well-being and joy. They stop taking responsibility for their own growth and development. They open the doors to their “forts,” hoping for different outcomes while doing the same thing.
So, young or old, professional or not, first leadership run or last one… What would it take for you to embrace the nine “one more good run in me” traits above?
You know, and I know, that leadership is hard. It’s mostly uphill. We need to invest in ourselves and in our marriages (if you’re married) and in our futures if our “next season” will be a genuine benefit to those we lead and serve.
Rev. Dr. Jock Ficken