Leadership doesn’t have to be hard. If you are leading a church, here’s a few things that would be good to remember. These ideas are pulled from The New One Minute Manager by Blanchard and Johnson and from 5 Things Leaders Do by Bill Hybels.
Cast a God-honoring vision for the congregation.
Listen to the direction in which God is sending you and clearly communicate it to your congregation. “If you have the gift of leadership, God ignites in your heart a vision. You cannot not talk about it”.
Good leaders get the right people doing the right things and that motivates.
“People who feel good about themselves produce good results.” Getting people doing what they are talented at fulfills a God-given potential within them. Passion motivates and provides a peace about what they are working on. I always advise leaders to encourage an office environment where people feel they are welcome to be open about what is on their minds. We all have stuff, and sometimes we go through experiences so we can help one another.
Leaders provide motivation.
“Help people reach their full potential. Catch them doing something right.” Yes, catch them doing it right and let them know you are proud of that. Don’t search for mistakes to punish them. Search for the moments of success. If you find mistakes, use them as a chance to help the person grow.
Do not run from change.
Change is necessary to provide growth in the right way. Be a leader that sees the necessary change coming and frame it in a way that is constructive. Help your co-workers plan effective ways to execute the change that brings the most benefit.
Create a culture that nurtures.
Peter Drucker said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. As a leader you must create and model a culture that is motivating, encouraging, learning, and succeeding.
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Author: Dr. Rick Holaway
Rick’s work is about team organization and communication. For the last 15 years, he has developed and led teams through instructional change.
His expertise lies in understanding the power of external and internal communication with a focus on leadership development and organizational structure efficiency.