5 Ways Spirit-led Leaders Overcome Burnout

Every leader faces burnout.

Race car drivers know that to win any race, they must take an occasional pit stop. For without a pit stop, the driver and the machine will quickly burnout and lose.

The Critical Decision

As a leader, your Spirit bears witness that occasionally even you need a break. Jesus took pit stops (Matthew 14:23; 15:29). He knew he needed to get off the track before His spiritual and human engine would overload and ultimately fail.

As simple as this sounds, the necessity to take an occasional pit stop remains one of the most daunting challenges that face many business and ministry leaders I coach. Even these spirit-led leaders fall into the false beliefs that if they get off the track their:

  • People/staff will flounder;
  • Customers/members will leave;
  • Company/church will fail.

Until you admit that you need to occasionally get off the track (even for a short 3-6 day pit stop), you will continue on the road to complete burnout.

5 Ways to Overcome Burnout

Once you decide that it’s time for a leadership pit stop, here are five ways Holy Spirit can help you recharge your leadership.

1. Refuel

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:9

Allow Holy Spirit to show you to a place in the Word you need. He will guide you into all truth and to the exact places in the Word that will refuel your spirit and soul.

2. Rebalance

“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52

Typically, burnout occurs when you are severely out of balance, when some things are overwhelming you and those around you.

Luke 2:52 is the only verse in the Bible that tells us how Jesus grew from 12-to-30 years old. As I’ve taught in previous posts, Jesus grew intellectually, physically, spiritually, and relationally.  I encourage you to incorporate this powerful revelation into your leadership pit stop strategy.

3. Retread

“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.” Mark 2:22

Dig deep with Holy Spirit to uncover where you need fresh tread to reestablish your leadership grip to the road set before you.

4. Refocus

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” John 16:13

Ask Holy Spirit to guide you to exactly where you need to focus. It may be a minor course adjustment or a major shift. Either way, He will guide you and give you snapshots of things yet to come (your future).

5. Reenter

Once you are properly refueled, have regained balance, retreaded, and refocused, you’ll be supernaturally recharged to reenter your race.

Word of Caution

Do not come back from your pit stop (conference, vacation, retreat) with your supernatural leadership guns blazing. If you do, you’ll likely push your team into quickly needing their own pit stop!

About Dr. Jim

Dr. Jim Harris is President of The Jim Harris Group, an international speaking and advising firm dedicated to helping believers in business unleash their unfair advantage in the marketplace. He is the author of Our Unfair Advantage: Unleash the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Business and numerous other award winning business books.


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