“Pretty much everything that matters in this world, rises and falls on leadership.”
With those words Bill Hybels opened up the Global Leadership Summit this year and immediately I was hooked. I love listening to Bill as a teacher because you know he speaks from authority, passion and experience. Add into that a great deal of vulnerability and rawness to the stories he shares and you have a great recipe for an opening session. The summit would be built on the idea that humility will be the key to learning between business and church leaders over the next couple of days.
Bill’s prayer – “Speak to us and we will listen and obey.”
Question: Is all leadership intensely spiritual? (True or False)
- Leadership falls in feelings and spirit. (How it makes you feel and how it moves you to action)
- All decisions and objectives are hinged on how it makes you feel.
Question: Leaders are visionaries by definition? (True or False)
- Adrenaline comes with progress made towards a vision or objective.
- However, vision can soon consume us and change the mood and feelings of the team we are leading.
- This can cause struggles in how the team feels towards you and the vision as a whole.
- High visionaries have a hard time understanding the feelings of their team.
Often leaders with the highest level of vision and passion have the lowest level of awareness and passion for the spirit of the team they’re leading.
*Questions that I had personally is how do visionaries handle issues of their heart? Where is the split between personal feelings and the feelings that are sole intended towards their vision? How easy is it for them to differentiate the two?
Do we ask our workers to work more while we care less?
THE KEY IS THAT GOD CARES ABOUT PEOPLE NOT THE VISION
- Don’t make people pay because of your fire for a vision. People come first!
5 Key Commitments To Make
- Use an outside firm to question the engagement level of your staff
- The entire executive team has to own the “turn-around.
- The culture of the organization will only be as healthy as your Sr. Leader desires it to be.
- Get real serious about training everyone on staff who manage people.
- People join organizations, they leave managers.
- Raise the level of candor in the twice-a-year performance reviews.
- Three words to use in reviewing staff
Stop (doing some negative desired behavior)
Start (doing something different)
- Every staff member wants to know how they are doing and if what they do matters
- A ruthless commitment to resolving relational conflict regardless of how scary it feels.
- In the average Christian organization 54% are engaged in their work and excited about their work. 30% in the corporate world.
“Great leadership is by definition relentlessly developmental.”
Five key ways to develop a new leader.
- Put them in high-challenge roles
- Assign them to a short-term task force
- Give real-time feedback
- Provide them with coaches mentors
- Offer them classroom courses and seminars
Short Term Task Force to see how well emerging leaders can handle themselves in real work environments.
- Success and failure both need to be an option
- They need to be given full charge
- Wide variety of people on the team and that they have the opportunity to work with.
- Real pressure of a looming deadline.
- The end of the project needs to be reviewed by a Sr. Leader of the staff
Resourcefulness is a key trait for any leader.
- Figure it out… And don’t call me. (this would become the inside joke of the summit)
- How do we put new leaders into situations where they don’t know what to do?
- When was the last time that you gave an emerging leader an opportunity with a short term task force?
John 10 – Two types of shepherds
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
- A) Hirelings – They don’t care about the flock. Look out for themselves first
- B) Owner – They care about the longevity of the team and vision of the organizations.
We need to start mastering the art of discerning these two types of team players as leaders.
This will allow us the opportunity to start training up LEGACY LEADERS
- Legacy leaders want to give their one and only life to a cause bigger than themselves.
- Legacy leaders work for the grander vision.
- Legacy leaders are the only ones wiling to pay the price to fix a broken culture.
These leaders will be the ones that care about the grander vision?
*What do we want theses legacy leaders to work towards? What vision are we pointing them towards and saying “Figure it out”
The danger with the hirelings is that they would have learned to put their own goals and objectives first from someone,
- Is it you?
- We have raised up a generation of leaders who are “me centric.”
No leader will ever drift into being a legacy leader. They need to be trained and raised up by mentors so that they can truly see the grander vision instead of a vision that they interpret as being grand.
Question: Have you given any thought to your legacy plan? Are you training any legacy leaders to take over your visions?
James 1:12 – Legacy and endurance
12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
The grander the vision the bigger the price tag.
- Have you built an endurance plan into your vision?
- How are you going top keep your heart and soul solid as you peruse the grander vision?
- How are you going to preserve the hearts and souls of your team in the pursuit of the vision?
- Have you thought about…
- Family time and care
- Spiritual – Do you still have time for Sabbath and scripture.
Do we make time to not be a leader and seek out being a follower of Christ?
Do we make time for solitude breaks? What is your solitude plan?
Do you feel “Exhausted, discouraged and at the door of hopelessness?”
As a leader we need to be humble enough to call for help.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.