It seems like every year on basic television they have someone who is going to walk a tightrope across an incredible landscape like the Grand Canyon, from the top of the Empire State building, or the MGM Grand Hotel in Vegas. The TV station promotes it for days with advertising and publicity, telling everyone watching to make sure they "tune in 3 days from now to watch the incredible event."
What most people don't realize is that this isn't some sort of random shot of bravery or talent- it's a properly trained and exercised stunt that has been practiced over and over until perfected. Once the individual feels confident in himself, he then makes history.
Imagine an inexperienced tightrope walker attempting the impossible walk across Niagara Falls. The world would all tune in to watch, not because they are amazed, but because they know he won't make it. When he falls, he not only fails, he loses his life- and everyone watching knew it would happen.
Leading isn't any different. Many people want to lead but don't want to train in order to be a better leader(reading, being mentored, and receiving feedback). This is like an inexperienced tightrope walker. They want the excitement and fame but not the work.
For example, a leader who wants his students to participate more in small group while he himself shows up late every week, or a leader who encourages his students to be generous but hasn't taken the step of tithing, or even a leader who wants her students to read the Bible but cannot even finish a Bible plan herself.
So how do we become the experienced leader?
Lead by example:
Three years ago, I read 3 books in a year. Last year, I read 21. Why? Because I know I can't lead people further than I'm willing to grow.
Lead from purpose:
Why are you here and what do you want to accomplish as a leader? If you don't know, it's up to you to figure it out.
Lead to greatness:
Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger. Lead students to accomplish more than what they think they can.
Remember this, true success is the product of well developed leadership.