Archives For Sustainability

Dave Kraft is a wise man and was my former leadership coach. In an excellent post he talks about the application of ACTS in a particular situation and this post is a worthwhile read in my opinion.

So, let’s look at ACTS in a general sense and how a leader might apply it to their life.

A – ACCOUNTABLE: Are you truly accountable to someone(s) in your life? Truly accountable? Is someone willing to ask you the hard questions and pursue you until you deal with those questions? Are they willing to challenge questionable behaviors in your life?

C – CONFESSIONAL: Do you confess and own your sin or do you try to shift the blame? Mature leaders accept rebuke, confess their sin, and own their sin.

T – TEACHABLE: Are you teachable as a leader? Are you willing to receive honest inquiries from those you lead? And others? Do you realize that there are many people smarter than you and some of them are on the team you lead?

S – SUSTAINABLE: Is the pace you are setting for your team sustainable? Are your expectations realistic? Are you providing the resources to your team that they need to meet your expectations? What about your team’s work-life balance?

Here is how Dave applies ACTS:

1. Good and genuine accountability, coupled with vulnerability and transparency.
2. A clear value in keeping short accounts, with sin being quickly confessed and owned.
3. An attitude of being teachable and open to new ideas and ways of thinking.
4. A culture of pacing that is realistic and sustainable, resulting in good morale and joy.

Now, how can you apply ACTS in your life?


“A sustainable culture is built from the inside out. It starts with leadership that places the highest level of importance on human beings and a corresponding premium on recruiting, hiring, and training – both academic and experiential – to equip and empower them.”

Dan J. Sanders in Built To Serve 

Yesterday, we talked about three potential pitfalls of leadership.  Today, I want to share a few more with you beginning with a dangerous one that has taken down many leaders – Leaving the Pathway of Humility.

Pride – a lack of humility – has been the cause of destruction of so many leaders over the centuries.  It is still the main cause of leaders falling.  In his book Derailed by Dr. Tim Irwin, he examines the epic failures of six high-profile business CEO’s.  The common factor?  Pride.

Another area is “Relying on the Natural” or on our on gifts and strengths instead of the Lord.  When we are gifted and talented, we tend to rely on our own strength – our own wisdom and we fall so short of what could be realized if we had depended on Him.  We start “doing ministry” without God.  We also tend to not rely on the others around us and become arrogant thinking that we have the answers.  A recipe for a fall.

“Settling for the Status Quo” – in other words we begin walking by sight instead of faith.  We accept only what we see instead of believing God in faith for great things.  We begin to become more focused on just “keeping the machine running” instead of world-changing, life transforming ministry.

Please don’t allow these things to sideline you – your work is too important!

Click here to read more about the “Potential Pitfalls”.