Leadership 101

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Tuesday Thoughts :: 03.31.09

I’ve been blessed to have some of the most incredible teams in the world serving alongside me the past decade and a hlaf here at my church.  The men and women who have worked with me and our students have been amazing.  Their dedication, their passion, their friendship have all inspired me and made me a much better person as a result.

As I’ve been thinking alot lately about how blessed I am to have these people around me, I read a blog by John Maxwell where he lists what people on his teams have done for him.  His list resonated with me as I thought he stated it all so well and simply.  Here is his list:

My team makes me better than I am.

My team multiplies my value to others.

My team enables me to do what I do best.

My team allows me to help others do their best.

My team gives me more time.

My team provides me with companionship.

My team helps me fulfill the desires of my heart.

My team compounds my vision and effort.

My team empowers me to realize my dream.

Without my team, I would not be able to do anything of significance.

I agree with John’s list although I might “argue” that the desires of my heart and my dreams, certainly in my particular setting here in a local church, should be, and hopefully are, more about the desires God has placed in our hearts and the Vision He has given us and the dream He has given us of helping students love God and love people more.  I’m sure John would agree with that.

There is nothing like leading with a team, especially one in which you’ve become friends.  It’s fun and rewarding and fulfilling and energizing.  There’s nothing more lonely than walking that trail by yourself, alone, with no one else by your side to laugh with and struggle with.

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Quote of the Day :: 03.30.09

At a certain velocity, most speed-hungry leaders will run out of the wherewithal to lead well. … Leaders have to adjust their velocity, or they will spend the most impact-rich years of their lives going fast but feeling empty on the inside.

– Bill Hybels

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Quote of the Day :: 03.27.09

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

– John Quincy Adams

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Quote of the Day :: 03.25.09

Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there; they cause change. They motivate and inspire others to go in the right direction and they, along with everyone else, sacrifice to get there.

John Kotter

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Tuesday Thoughts :: 03.24.09

I read this on Maxwell’s blog today and thought it worth posting here for us to think about as we strive to lead.


Don’t Bankrupt Your Leadership!
by Dr. John C. Maxwell
March 3rd, 2009 | www.johnmaxwell.com

“We need to keep some confidence in the system. What the Fed is doing … is taking every step possible to keep confidence in the financial system” (CNN)

AIG chairman and CEO Edward Liddy said this Monday, after the insurance giant had received a pledge of $30 billion in bailout money. This was in addition to the $150 billion it had already received.

And in spite of those large sums pouring into it, that very same day, AIG posted a 4th-quarter loss of $62 billion.

I’m sure with his words Liddy was trying to persuade the public that AIG would make good on the investment.

He even went on to say, “In the United States of America when you owe people money, you pay them back” (CNN Money)

So how reassured did Americans feel?

Well, the Dow plunged to record lows, closing below 7,000 points.

Why? Why weren’t Liddy’s words of reassurance enough? Because in past months, the financial industry had lost credibility and thus people’s trust.


It’s hard for a financial institution to perform without credibility. It’s equally difficult for a leader to do so. Why? Because credibility is a leader’s currency. With it, leaders are solvent. Without it, they’re bankrupt.

I think leaders in Liddy’s situation – trying to establish or re-establish credibility – need to remember:

1. Establishing credibility takes time.

When leaders are just starting out, this might not be obvious at first. That’s because for about the first six months of a leader’s tenure, followers put more stock in communication than in credibility. After all, they haven’t had time to judge leaders’ actions, so they listen to their words.

But after six months, followers have seen enough of the leaders’ actions to start deciding whether they’re trustworthy or not. At this point, words begin to matter less and less. And the effectiveness of the communication will depend more on the character of the messenger than on the content of the message.

For credible leaders, the longer they lead beyond this point, the better it gets. But if leaders are not credible, then the longer they lead, the worse it gets.

2. Established credibility equals trust.

And trust carries huge rewards. It means confidence. It erases worry and frees you to get on with other matters.

Stephen R. Covey, in his book, The Speed of Trust, said,

Low trust is an unseen cost in life and business because it creates hidden agendas and guarded communication, thereby slowing decision-making. A lack of trust stymies innovation and productivity. Trust, on the other hand, produces speed because it feeds collaboration, loyalty and ultimately, results.

Good leaders know that if their followers don’t trust them, they’ll stop following them. Credibility is truly your currency as a leader. People believe that you’ll do what you say when you do what you say.


Consistently live what you communicate, and over time you’ll establish solid credibility.  With that, your followers will feel free to trust you. And they’ll be willing to partner with you in achieving great things for your organization.

And that’s especially important in times like these when people are wondering what – and who – they can trust.


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Quote of the Day :: 03.23.09

Make no mistake about it: The cost for not paying attention to the issue of competent command is exponentially higher than whatever the cost is for doing so.

– Bill Hybels

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Quote of the Day :: 03.20.09

A leader has to make sure that everyone in the organization is being supervised by someone who is visible, present, and courageous – someone who is unmistakably in the fight.
– Peter Drucker

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Quote of the Day :: 03.18.09

You gotta get in the fight. Commanders must be visible. They must be present in order to ignite the soldiers’ resolve. They must supply a bottomless supply of courage for soldiers to feed on when their own supply begins to dry up.
– General Fred Franks

March 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 03.16.09

In the heat of battle, the leader must be in the center of the action.  It is the leader who must feel the pressure first, hear the sounds first, smell the smells first, and sense the momentum of the way things are going long before anyone else.  Every soldier deserves such competent command.

– General Fred Franks

March 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 03.13.09

Tucked deep inside every critic’s attack is usually at least a tiny kernel of truth.  And rather than reflexively lashing back at a critic, spend your energy figuring out what it is.

– Bill Hybels

March 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment