Leaders don’t Cruise

I was recently driving for a work commitment. Most of the driving was highway driving and it was during the morning and there was a bit of traffic.

Usually I am one of those drivers that that zig zags in and out of lanes, go a few miles above the speed limit, to get to my destination quickly. But that morning was a bit different.

I stayed in my lane which was going just a bit under the speed limit. I didn’t have the energy or the will to try and pass any of the drivers. It just felt good being on the driving lane and cruising along, going with the flow of the traffic.

Then I wondered what would be the consequence of leaders that cruise in their jobs and their responsibilities?

Here are three consequences of cruising:

1. You get too comfortable. If you are feeling comfortable as a leader, it’s just a matter of time before you fall asleep. Leaders have to constantly put themselves in situations where it stretches their abilities and skills.

2. You stay in the same place. Leaders should always be on the move. What brought you success before isn’t going to be bring you success now. Whatever achievements you made before, are gone, you have to move in order to achieve success in other areas.

3. You get nowhere fast. Yes, the previous sentence is an oxymoron. Cruising will slow your progress to your destination. Yes, you’ll probably get their eventually, but at what price? Will you lose customers, employees, or business in the process? We live in a society, wrong, right, or different, where success is measured by how productive we are. If you are church leader, would you be OK cruising in your ministry and seeing only 1 person come to Christ weekly, as opposed to 10 people.

 What are other consequences of just cruising along? 

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12 Responses to Leaders don’t Cruise

  1. Arny says:

    Well said Juan…
    those are some very good points…
    also cruise is boring…leaders excite their team!!!!!!!!!

  2. I think a lot of this happens when we compare ourselves to others. We tell ourselves it’s OK to just cruise along. But when we see our leadership as a stewardship, then I think we’ll be inspired to kick it up a notch.

    • Juan Cruz Jr says:

      Loren, that’s a great point. We compare ourselves to others and think that the way it should be. But, as you said, we have to kick-it up a notch, and get into a different gear. God bless.

  3. So right, Juan. We have to continually grow and adapt to what’s happening and how God is moving. I know one thing, He doesn’t stay standing still and we are called to follow Him. Thanks Juan.

  4. Dan Black says:

    I think most leaders like to go a little above the speed limit and zig zag between traffic:) Going with the flow will only cause a person to stay and do the average and never move from good to great. Great three points Juan Cruz!

  5. ‘Going nowhere fast’ that’s a great saying! Love the three points.

  6. tcavey says:

    cruising, I think far too many people cruise through life. They think life should be easy. I’m not sure when so many began to have this perception, but it’s costing us dearly.

    While we shouldn’t work ourselves to death, we should be mindful of our limited time here and all the potential we have to leave a lasting difference that will live on far past our years on Earth.

    • Juan Cruz Jr says:

      TC, I agree, recognizing that we have a limited time on this earth should push us to great things. We should leave a lasting legacy of greatness, and greater impact for good. Thanks for sharing, God bless.

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