Tony Miltenberger is a husband, father, and follower of Christ. He is currently serving as the lead pastor at Restoration Church Centerville, ohio.

Busy is Not a Leadership Style

I am a self-confessed FOMO (fear of missing out). I like to keep my schedule extremely full. And, to top it all off, I have a little A.D.D. (self-diagnosed). When you put all that together it means that I am busy all the time. Don’t feel bad for me, I do it to myself – on purpose. I love being busy, moving a thousand miles a minute, I love being able to know what’s my next move.

Here is what I’m learning though: Busy is not a leadership style.

As I watch and learn from more and more leaders what I’m learning is that how MUCH you do has very little to do with how WELL you do it.

The best leaders find a way to be intentional in the midst of their busy lives. Good leaders are intentional with each person on their team. Good leaders are intentional about what they give their time to, and even more so, great leaders are intentional about their strategic planning. The truth is not everything in the organization needs my personal attention (sometimes I have to repeat this till I believe it). 

It is incredibly easy, and even tempting to spend time doing whatever is in front of us; to be reactional to the situation. Then we move on to find the next fire and just put it out.

The shift to a more impactful leadership style comes with intentionality. Whatever I put on my schedule has nothing to do with how well I’m doing it. Busyness can not make us good or bad leaders, what we do with our busyness just might.


How are you being intentional with your time?

What do you need to put down?

Are you being intentional, or just busy? 

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