Robertson used to joke with me about my passionate interest in leadership. We talked for hours about many leadership subjects. Here is one jewel!
EFFECTIVE LEADERS SEEK SOLUTIONS AND NOT VICTORIES.
Robertson told stories to illustrate his axiom from his days of being president of CIU. Let me paraphrase what he shared. “I wanted the faculty and staff to be engaged and asking good hard questions. I wanted them to research what our position should be on various issues and I designed meetings and created task forces to open doors for their participation.
But there is a downside to all of this investment…. people can develop strong opinions and be passionate about winning for their side of an issue. As president, I saw my role to help us get to a sound solution not get into winning my own victories.”
So — in your marriage, with family and friends and coworkers — what is your goal VICTORIES or SOLUTIONS?
The center of God’s will is often a place of holding 2 truths in tension.
Examples: God is sovereign AND we are accountable for our personal choices. We are call to love with grace AND truth.
The Bible moves us to leading by managing a tension instead of solving a problem.
Examples: Technology is not the tool of the anti-Christ OR the solution to every problem. It is possible to hold a high view of marriage and yet offer a compassionate response to those who have seen marriage die and end in divorce. There will always be cultural and generational differences on the best ways to worship, especially with music and the performing arts.
adapted from LIFE GIVING LEADERSHIP, 2016. (Purchase Here)
Hebrews 4:12-13 (NLT)
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
“Anything with great power for good can also become a destructive weapon. Many leaders have been guilty of using the Bible to drain and rob life, rather than give life. The Bible helps us to be creative, set goals, discern error, and view situations from a variety of perspectives. We can, however, turn this knowledge into a weapon when we use it to devalue, attack or manipulate or control another person.”
From: LIFE GIVING LEADERSHIP pg. 42 (Purchase it here)
Praying gives sense, brings wisdom, and broadens and strengthens the mind. The prayer closet is a perfect school teacher and schoolhouse for the preacher. Thought is not only brightened and clarified in prayer, but thought is born in prayer. E.M. Bounds
We are too busy to pray and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results. R.A. Torrey
If you are asked, as an outside consultant, to examine any kingdom enterprise, you can determine the effectiveness by listening to how the leaders are praying. Our prayers expose what we really believe and are a great predictor of where the time, money, and energy of the leadership is going.
What we pray about gets our attention!
What we pray about sets our priorities!
What we pray about is what we do!
A leader who wants a group to behave differently should begin with helping them pray differently. Prayer is not all we do, but if we are not praying, all we do will make little difference.
Prayer is the most important tool God has provided to lead the leader and to influence the people.
From Chapter One (page 27) LIFE GIVING LEADERSHIP, 2016.
After reading every passage where Jesus speaks about leadership I crafted this definition to attempt to capture his heart.
LIFE-GIVING LEADERSHIP IS RESPECTFUL INFLUENCE UNCONDITIONALLY IMPARTING BLESSING AND OFFERING DIRECTION.
Jesus would challenge us with kingdom leadership being upside down from the world’s way of defining leadership.
Start on page 15 in LIFE GIVING LEADERSHIP and read how each word in this definition challenges our cultural (inherited from the world) views of leadership.
The goal of life is to receive and give the LIFE that God offers in Christ….
“JOY IS THE SERIOUS BUSINESS OF HEAVEN.” C. S. Lewis
I am declaring an END to
I am writing to share Good news. God wants you to be receiving LIFE.
There is too much life taking leadership when God’s will is that leadership be life giving to the leader and followers.
From Preface of LIFE GIVING LEADERSHIP published 2016
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