Tuesday, March 1, 2011

leading people to the next level

This weekend was a great experience for the leadership team I serve with from The Community Fellowship.  We had a retreat led by my friend Jon Morris who is the Executive Director of STEP, Inc (Support to Eliminate Poverty) that serves our region.  Lots of great things came out of our retreat and time together, but the two biggest pieces had to with us getting to understand each other better and the other was understanding our personality and leadership style.  It was revealing on many levels.

I had been praying for our leaders and our time together for some time.  One of the pieces that God let come across my plate was a blog post from Scott Williams.  You can read the post HERE.  Several things Scott shared helped me understand the role I have at church and even through The Community Dream Center.  These truths also have given me some insight in how to bring the best out in the people I serve with.  Let me share some notes from the blog post:


5 Characteristics of A Next-Level Leader, Next-Level Leaders always do these things:

1.) Challenge Things- ...challenge the thoughts/methods of their leaders, but they challenge their own methodology... raising every-one's leadership game to the Next-Level.  It's okay to respectfully disagree.  Don't get the willingness to challenge things confused with being obstinate.

2.) Ask The Right Questions-  ...  Anytime they have the opportunity to sit down with a Next-Level Leader that they desire to learn from, they have a list of questions and not a list of answers...

3.) dream BIG- They are always dreaming and imagining.  Some of these dreams may seem to be a fairy-tale to some, but not to a Next-Level Leader.  A Next-Level Leader will schedule an appointment to dream, they go to Starbucks and dream, they close their office door and dream, they take a vacation alone to do nothing but dream.  They take their leadership game to the Next-Level by dreaming BIG, encouraging those around them to dream BIG, writing their dreams down and making those dreams a reality.  They dream BIG. think BIGGER.

4.) Learners- They are always learning from: books, blogs, their industry, history, other industries, culture, failures, their followers, other Next-Level Leaders...They elevate their leadership game to the next-level by realizing that learning is fundamental.

5.) Produce Next-Level Leaders- ... contribute to the world of leadership by truly caring about those that they lead and always developing Next-Level Leaders... Managers manage people and things… Next-Level Leaders produce other Next-Level Leaders.  Simply put: "If You Are Not Developing and Producing Next-Level Leaders… You Are Not A Next Level Leader."  ...

"I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers."~Ralph Nader


I want to be a next level leader.  How about you?  The time I have to spend with others is valuable because I can either make people better or take away from their value.  Jesus added value to everyone he came in contact with.  He was the supreme next level leader in all 5 of those areas.  What will you and I do next to help someone else be a better person, a faithful follower of Jesus and a leader that makes a difference?

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good deeds.

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