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Jess MacCallum
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Jess MacCallum

About the Author

Jess MacCallum is a business owner, writer and the often challenged husband of a Proverbs 31 type woman. He met her at a church retreat when they were 15, and watched her grow in godliness for almost nine years (the first three of which she wouldn’t have anything to do with him) before she finally caved in and married him.

He quickly realized that he was in for the adventure of his life. Now married for over 28 years, Jess and Anne have three children—a son 24, and daughters, 22 and 18. Jess is the President of Professional Printers (one of the largest privately-owned commercial printers in the Southeast); Anne leads worship at River City Chapel, Columbia, SC, enjoys trail-running, and ministering through music with Proclaim! International.

Jess has a BA in art (magna cum laude) from the University of South Carolina (1986), where he spent four years training with the Navigators ministry. His current ministry focus is with LDN Global, an international leadership training organization, and Tyrannus Missionary School in South Sudan. Jess has been involved in a variety of ministries for over 36 years, focusing primarily on men’s discipleship but including TESL (Japan), prison Bible studies, small groups, home churches, marriage counseling, and his favorite — nursery.

The Two Things a Leader Does That Last

Leaders come with a variety of experiences, tools, approaches and methodologies. The thing they all share, however, is the belief that they can bring value to an organization in the form of substantive change. They all believe they can guide a group to achieve a given goal. But no matter what area of expertise or experience, no matter where they start in the process of influencing an organization, there are basically two categories of value a leader brings that last.

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Under-Delegation vs. Over-Delegation

Delegation is also the number one development tool you possess as a leader. No amount of education (important), training (also important) or feedback (very important) can substitute for direct responsibility. Emerging leaders need to learn under the yoke of responsibility. Look back at your own growth as a leader to see the truth of this. But there is a danger in both under-delegating and over-delegating.

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Don’t Hire (or Promote) Familiarity

Most of us would like to think we are open-minded about our hiring, promotions, development, team-building, etc. And I would never suggest hiring someone based solely on their gender, ethnicity or other external factor. But even healthy leaders can fall into the trap of familiarity, when the talent and competence they need may be lying untapped in the unfamiliar.

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Become Her Fan

Speaking negatively about your wife to others shouts that you are a poor leader in your marriage. The Proverbs 31 Husband recognizes his wife’s accomplishments and broadcasts his admiration to the world. No one wonders what he thinks – he freely shares his opinion.

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Shut Up and Talk

In some ways, dating has misled us men on this point. Courtship conversations were romantic, spontaneous, exciting, and everything you said was interesting to her. You just knew she was the right girl because she made you feel so “listened to.” Marriage inevitably changes the relationship dynamic, and it is wise to adapt to a different communication strategy based on listening.

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Braveheart!

Jesus taught that being trustworthy in the small things leads to greater trust with the big things (Matt. 25:21). The movie Braveheart, about Scot highlander William Wallace, illustrated this value of faithfulness in the small things.

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How Did I Know She Was “The One”?

The question persists strongly for those of us raised in evangelical America, where we are taught to seek God’s will for our lives in every area, especially the big decisions. So when I was head over heels in love with Anne (being a good Evangelical) I wrestled with whether or not she was “the One” God had chosen for me.

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