by M. Rene Mancha
No matter what you are called to do in front of other people, teach, preach, or manage, your path to leadership success starts at home. Take a look at your home. How are you living? How are you talking to your family and loved ones? How organized is your home? Your home is the first outward sign of what is going on inside. Only God knows what is in your heart, but people can look around your home and get a good idea.
Clutter and disorganization is a sign of a lack of discipline. You have the ability to tolerate mess. You live with it, so it must not bother you. This lack of discipline will carry over to your leadership role. You will be inconsistent with your work, with enforcing rules and following up. This behavior in turn will cause the people in your organization to be confused about what is important and where to focus their efforts. In essence, you will have confusion and disorganization, in your organization, resulting in everyone being less effective than they should be.
This is not intended to make you feel guilty or condemned. No one is perfect, but consider this a wake-up call to get help and get it together. Here are some suggestions:
1) Pray. Ask God to help you clear out the clutter in your heart and life.
2) Get help from a friend who is more organized than you are.
3) Get to work. Take on a small area first. Get that organized and then move to the next one.
4) Don’t be afraid to throw things away (if you still can’t bring yourself to discard things, pack them away in a clearly marked storage box so you’ll know where to find it. (If you don’t use it in the next 12 months, throw it out or give it away.)