What is one of your fantasies?
What are you passions?
Why We Need Leaders to Step Up – Observations
The more selfish our society becomes, the more critical Godly leadership is.
- Leaders need to engage people with a compelling future
- The more choices people have, without a biblical worldview as their foundation, the more confused our priorities become – and the more crucial godly vision and strategy are.
- In times of rapid cultural change, the rules are different, the competition stiffer, the stakes higher, the opportunities greater – necessitating superior leadership to guide us forward.
Recent poor decisions and behavior by high-profile leaders have ushered in an era of criticism, skepticism, and mistrust, requiring a new generation of wise and godly leaders to restore public trust and confidence.
- Leadership has to be proven
- In a culture that rejects absolute more and spiritual truth, and that esteems extreme choice, the results are confusion, stress, distraction, busyness, and chaos – the antidote to which is focused leaders who can make sense of reality, provide vision, and deliver direction to make the vision a reality.
- Our culture has adopted a hyper-individualism that undermines community, nation and persona relationships, raising the need for an emphasis upon team-based leadership.
- Churches have given lip service to leadership but suffer from a paucity of genuine leaders who are guiding people toward true Christ-like transformation.
What’s the difference between the ministry of teaching and the ministry of leadership?
Don’t confuse passion with vision.
Six Leadership Checkpoints:
Leaders can strategically change reality, but they cannot intentionally change people.
- Once a person reaches the age of 13 they change very little
- Children’s ministry is the most important
- Are you creating the leadership roles to meet your vision or God’s vision for your church?
- Are you molding leaders into what YOU need or who GOD has designed them to be?
- If you want to change lives then work with children
Nobody is the “complete leadership package” – so it’s important to work in a leadership team.
- A team always out performs the individual
- “None of us is as smart as all of us” –Ken Blanchard
- Has to be small in number 4-6 leaders
- They have to spend lots of time together
- There is a captain of the team
- Built around shared vision, values, and passion
- Vulnerability and communication
- Strive to empower people to achieve the vision
One of the most under-value and least common skills among leaders is listening
- “I think God wants us to listen more than speak, otherwise he would have given us two mouths.” – KB
- “We should lead with our ears.” -KB
- You cannot listen effectively unless you are willing to have your mind changed.” –KB
- If we are going to change reality then we must listen to find out what the current reality is.
- “I never learned anything by talking” –Lou Holtz
- Bad listening leads to bad leadership.
Leaders must master conflict and confrontation
- Expect it, address it
- Seize the initiative
- Do your homework, know the facts, think very circumspectly about it
- Position yourself as a friend
- Ask clarifying questions and listen to what is said
- Seek a win-win outcome
- You may have to be the one to create conflict in order to change things
- Do people appreciate your leadership because it is safe or because you represent truth and justice and they will not tolerate anything less
Success is helping people achieve their potential
- What are you measuring?
- Make people the very best that they can be by getting them out of their comfort zone.
People are going to have to change to reach their potential
- What got you here won’t get you there
Do people understand what success in your organization is?
- Do they know how they are going to benefit when the organization reaches their goal?
Do not accept a leadership position unless you’re ready to pay a stiff price. The more significant the outcome you seek to achieve, the more substantial the price you can expect to pay.
- Pressure is having to make a decision that matters when you are not prepared to do so
- Pressure is valuable for a leader because it purifies you and prepares for a higher level of leadership
- Leadership is a full-contact sport
- Address internal pressure because it is probably based upon real concerns
Foundations for Decision Making Under Pressure
- Make sure God called you to this
- Is this your vision or God’s vision
- Know what you stand for
- Refuse to fold
Family and close friends
- People you trust
- People who will give you the feedback you need because they love you