This past Saturday the Fanning the Flame gathered to listen the continuation of a talk on leadership given by Harry Reeder. Here are some of my take-aways:
To take the first steps, a leader must have a mission/vision. He or she does the basics well, and understands the need for a personal coach. Great leaders lead with hope.
Skills a leader needs to put into place include:
- Modeling (so that others can imitate)
- Mentoring (teach)
- Managing in a way that equips and implements
- Ministering (help people by evaluation)
Leaders who multiply leaders are:
- Insatiable learners
- Seize their own personal learning moments, i.e. failure and challenges
- Constantly coach others
- Use memorable maxims
- Help those they are teaching to see their own learning moments and give them the freedom to learn and grow from mistakes
And this is very important: Effective leaders do NOT develop leadership teams, they develop teams of leaders. They generate leadership factories.
Leadership teams are developed by:
- Lining up the gifts and passions of members with the goal of the team
- Competency and skills
- Maintaining energy through the team leader, believing in the mission/vision, team dynamic and relationships and overcoming obstacles.
To become a better leader you should:
- Develop your personal spiritual formation
- Select 3-7 models from scripture and history
- Have 3-5 mentors that you approach as life coaches
- Develop an encouragement team
- Develop an infrastructure that requires/encourages teams
The “Leaders In Action” book series was recommended as a resource. Note to the ladies: I checked this series out and have requested a few to read and review; however, disappointingly there is only one woman included in the set.