Yesterday we were reminded that leaders need to constantly review their mission, ability, capacity, and audience.

However, staying fully engaged goes beyond reviewing.  A leader must also renew.

If you are familiar with Stephen Covey’s 7 habits, you know that renewal is the focus of habit 7, “Sharpening the Saw.”  Without renewal, leaders will end up looking to escape at some point.

Unfortunately, renewal doesn’t usually make it onto a leaders to do list. The reason is because renewal doesn’t feel as important as other “urgent” tasks.

Forfeiting renewal for the urgent is a sure fire way to end up disengaged.

Ways to renew:

  1. Read – Read from different disciplines.  Read with balance between current material as well as the classics.  And read consistently.  Leaders read and readers experience renewal.
  2. Think – Take time to think about your goals and your dreams.  (see yesterdays blog)
  3. Exercise – Our bodies were made to move.  Exercise is a great stress reliever, leads to better health, and produces greater energy which leads to renewal.
  4. Listen – A conversation with a friend, a podcast, or even music can realign your perspective and lead to engagement.
  5. Pray – There is a God and your not Him.  He has a reason for allowing you to be a leader.  Talking with Him about His plan for you is a good way to be reminded that He expects you to have passion for what you are doing.

If you will keep renewal at the top of your to do list, you will be a better leader.  Don’t neglect it.  It will cripple your influence.



What do you need to do to renew yourself in the coming week?