Jesus challenged and engaged His learners. We must learn to do this too.
Being a leader doesn’t mean you allow poor quality of work to prevail. There are times a leader has to micromanage. We need good systems and processes.
I want you to have responsibility and authority. I want you to be fully rewarded and recognized for your contribution to society. I also want you to realize, however, that most things of lasting value take time and discipline to achieve.
What follows are the leadership development gems that Jesus used when turning a passive group of followers into passionate leaders.
Your leaders will always learn best by doing. Building them requires both instruction and practical, “hands-on” ministry.
Amid everything else Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age attempts to accomplish, at its base, it helps the spiritual leader see that our modern society has come to embrace “self-sufficient humanism.”
Remember, it’s not about winning or being right; it’s about God’s glory.
Simplicity brings with it focus, energy, clarity, understanding and power. Is it easy to get to this level of simplicity? Definitely not. It is excruciatingly difficult and totally worthwhile.
Strategic decisions are a discipline and a practice; but leaders, the better decisions we make, the better our organizations will be. Let’s be strategic.
Most leader development occurs outside the classroom. But there are some specific things that can be done effectively in the classroom.
Jesus taught “Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much” (Luke 16:10). Those who are not faithful in the important aspects of leadership now likely won’t be later.
The big deal Jesus made about gratefulness in the one leper (and the lack thereof in the nine), points to the high value He places on a grateful heart. I believe leaders above all should evidence a grateful heart. Evaluate your level of gratefulness against these three gratefulness indicators.
Let’s consider five limitations of church programs so that we don’t treat these programs as if they’re simple formulas for producing mature disciples of Jesus.
As a leader, you have a certain set of standards for those you lead. Those standards basically revolve around your followers being disciplined.
Growing as a leader requires a high level of commitment and initiative on the part of the participant. Here’s how you can help motivate your emerging leaders.
How do we reach across cultural divides? How can we really listen?
The world hungers for and desperately needs institutions that practice forgiveness well enough to train us in failure, that tell the truth and that teach ways of repair. Without such institutions, it is, quite simply, difficult even to breathe.
C. Kavin Rowe