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Leadership Is… A Servant Led Church #302

Paul uses a practical construction analogy, “In him, the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord”. (Ephesians 2:21 NIV) You wouldn’t want to live and work within a building that is poorly constructed. The risks are obvious. Yet, many of us work in organizational environments that are ineffective.

The corporate world has been shaken with CEO’s and CFO’s who re-arrange budget and resources for their own benefit. “People value honesty and integrity in a leader more than anything else. Virtually every person they talked with placed integrity at the top of the leadership wish list.”  (James Kouzes and Barry Posner, quoted by Perkins in Awaken the Leader Within) The Servant led church integrates a service philosophy with integrity. Every member is encouraged to live a life of honesty, truthfulness and integrity. This is a church the world will notice.

The Servant led church is a learning and growing organism. It is characterized by a collective unity and interdependence of each individual and team. The teams define their goals, are delegated a budget and resources, and are accountable to each other and the overall Vision. Leadership, decision making, planning and goal setting are shared, not held by the faithful few. The Servant led church knows its own strengths, weaknesses and the gifts of its people. It also knows the power of people working tougher effectively, “Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9 TLB)

The Servant led church reduces the emphasis on the power hierarchy while encouraging team work and a service role for each leader. Each leader would interact within a team. The teams would be composed of divergent thinking people, different ages, different occupations, and ideally different cultures. Each would be committed to the Vision, working independently, yet supporting each other. Although the teams may appear leaderless, the leader is the Vision and the team works the mission as a group of equals.

Is your church a Servant led church?

Leadership is … serving individually and collectively. 

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is… Leading From Your Heart #300

Heart values are significant to the Servant Leader. Christ reminds us, “The things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart”. (Matthew 15:18 NIV) The heart values of  Servant Leaders are not designed for self-gratification and the glory of men. “A true servant does what he does from the heart to be seen by the Lord, not by men.” (Servant Leadership and Eldership)

The Servant Leader leads, as Christ did, from the heart. Instead of thinking control and personal power, the Christian Servant Leader lives by Christ’s values. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 2:5 KJV) This requires a transformation of thought, belief and practice. The Servant leader is not concerned about self, personal glory or individual accomplishment. “The substance of servant hood. It is about people who are willing to submit to the Lordship of Christ no matter what the personal implications.” (McManus, An Unstoppable Force)

“Real Servant Leadership begins when you decide to learn from and follow the real Servant Leader, Jesus Christ.” (Wilkes, Jesus on Leadership, Discovering the secrets of servant leadership from the life of Christ) Our daily life, work and volunteer activities should demonstrate Christ in all we do.

Servant Eldership is about serving others by serving Christ. Pastors, leaders, employers and volunteers, do you have a heart value to serve the people in your community? Do you serve from your heart filled with Christ’s love? What can you do this week to serve our Lord, the vision of your place of work and the church you attend? You, with God’s help, can change your heart, your neighbors heart and that of your community.  Christ did!

Leadership is … changing hearts not minds.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Values #278

Our heartfelt values drive our thinking, activities and behavior. As a leader of a church or business enterprise your values are demonstrated consistently in everything you do.

“Values are those things we consider or rate highly, prize, esteem or deem important.” (James C. Hunter, The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle)

Values are un-compromisable, un-debatable truths, characteristics that drive and direct behaviour.  They are motivational; they give reason to why we do things. They are restrictive and place boundaries to guide our behaviour. They provide the core of individual, group or organizational identity. They are enduring judgments about what you consider to be important, like the shoulders on a major highway. Values can be described as what we treasure the most, those things we want to live or die for. They are the belief characteristics that distinguish us one from another.

Leaders who are living by their values reap a great benefit from the Lord; David said they “will never be shaken.” (Psalm 112:6 NKJV)

Leadership is value based.  What values guide your leadership?

What values are so strong in your life that you would resign before you would compromise?

As a Christian Servant Leader, I strive to integrate my spiritual values on the job.  God created me, “in His own image”. (Genesis 1:27 NIV) He pre-wired skills, abilities and gifts before my birth.  Jeremiah illustrates, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV) or as David said, “you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13 NIV).

“Give me ten men that hate nothing but sin and love nothing but God and we will change the world.” (John Wesley quoted in Designed to Lead by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck)

Leadership is a God directed Servant Leadership life of serving, giving and living the life God designed for us.

Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Achievable By You #237

Laurie KennedyEver wondered about the ideal leader? What skills, character qualities, behaviors and attitudes are shared by those you aspire to be? I’ve asked hundreds of employees in leadership seminars and personal interviews what skills and attributes are expected, appreciated and what they want most in a leader.

The most consistent response is that employees want their leaders to be honest. Good news or bad, employees and followers expect the effective leader to tell the truth. The leader always sets the standard for integrity. Followers then follow the example.

The ideal leader is consistent. Good and challenging days are a reality. Yet, the ideal leader remains stable, predictable and upbeat without favoritism or discouragement.

The ideal leader works with a defined set of values. These values guide their decisions, goals, plans and work strategies. Every decision is focused and secured to a basic value. These values shape individual decisions and define the organization.

“Blameless”, (1 Timothy 3:2, 10, Titus 1:6-7 NKJV) is a key word for Christian Leaders. It is as relevant today as it was in Paul’s day. To be effective at church and at work, we need to be free of any hint of scandal.  Integrity is critical.

“Credibility (integrity) is one of the hardest attributes to earn. And it’s the most fragile of human qualities. It’s earned minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, month-by-month, year-by–year. But, it can be lost in very short order if not attended to. We’re willing to forgive a few minor transgressions, a slip of the tongue, a misspoken word, a careless act. But there comes a time when enough is enough. And when leaders have used up all of their credibility, it’s nearly impossible to earn it back.”  (Designed to Lead by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck)

The ideal leader who is honest, consistent, blameless and credible could be you.

Leadership is … striving to glorify God in everything you do.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Defining your Values

 

Laurie KennedyThe expectations on our Leaders are increasing exponentially. We expect more and more of our spiritual leaders. Those who lead us toward any significant degree of Biblical results need a strong set of values.

What do you believe in, rely on, that shapes and defines your actions? Do you have a set of values that become ‘a line in the sand’ for your decisions?

“Values are those things we consider or rate highly, prize, esteem, or deem important.”  (James C. Hunter.  The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle)

Gather your people together to develop a list of personal and corporate values. Think of foundational stones. Words that your people consider without compromise. Words that are critical that when implemented will carry your church, business or mission toward your God directed Vision.

Review these value laden-words to stimulate your thinking.

Integrity, Love, Honesty, Bible-Based, Accountable, People Focused Fairness, Gratitude, Humble, Loyal, Patient, Prayer, Biblical in Content, Passion for our World, Reproducing Servant Leaders, Relationships, Community of Networks and Relationships, Personal Relationship with God, Team Work, Caring and Love, Listening, Sharing Leadership, Passionate, Trusting, Diligent, Discernment, Truthful, Peaceful, Humble, Credible, Serving, Generous, Above Reproach, Sincere, Courageous, Fair, Grateful, Focused, Confidence, Transparent, Innovative, Responsible, Community-Focused, Authentic, Flexible, Decisive, Personable, Friendly, Positive, Faith in God, Generous, Persistence, Insightful, Christ Serving, Communicative, Baptism Focused, Respectful, Soul Focused, Self-Control, Excellence, Real love, Positive, Loyal, Respectful, Enthusiastic, Collaboration, Optimistic, Commitment, Honoring Others, Discipleship, Trust.

Once you develop your list pray, share, discuss and let the Holy Spirit influence your choices. Then, over a period of a few months review the list until you and your organization can strive for and live by your Values.

Leaders who succeed have strong values that guide their behavior.

“What really motivates the most creative people is to have their values and their search for meaning aligned with corporate values.”  (Executive Influence Crane and Hamel)

Leadership is …knowing and living your Values every day.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Value driven

 

Laurie KennedyMost of the top executives were tried for fraud after it was revealed in November 2001 that Enron’s earnings had been overstated by several hundred million dollars. Enron paid the top 140 executives $680 million in 2001.” (CNN April 2016)

“The irony, he adds, is that ‘integrity’ was listed as one of Enron’s four core beliefs. A select group of Enron executives embraced a philosophy so far from traditional ethics that they ended up adopting a lifestyle completely contrary to their company’s stated beliefs on integrity,” (Mark Wingfield Baptist Standard)

As a CEO of a secular organization, Pastor or Leader of a Mission, what are your values?  What values are integral to everything you and your organization do? As faith based leaders what ethical and value based decisions are you known for? Do your line of thinking and decisions demonstrate scripture?

“Give him first place in your life.” (Matthew 6:33 Living Bible)

“In all your ways acknowledge him?” (Proverbs 3:6 NKJV)

Values come from your heart and are demonstrated through your actions. When your heart is skewed so are your actions. As the leader, you are responsible. Your actions influence those who work for and with you.

“For business leaders, the challenges and implications are profound. Being a ‘good’ corporate leader once meant delivering superior results to shareholders. Today that’s still necessary, but not sufficient. Workers and customers as well as politicians and the public are holding those who lead to a new-and higher-moral standard, and leaders must learn how to respond. CEOs of large global companies “need a moral framework and North Star” that can guide them in their thinking and in our choices. (Alan Murray Fortune Dec/16)

“Integrating societal needs into corporate strategy has moved into the mainstream and is growing exponentially around the world. Companies are moving beyond often fuzzy notions like sustainability and corporate citizenship to making meaningful social impact central to how they compete.” (Porter and Kramer Fortune September/16)

“Character is the most powerful force a leader can possess because it protects his life, his leadership, and his legacy-it manifests who he is and shapes who he will become.” (Myles Munroe, the Power of Character in Leadership)

Leadership is … defining and living your personal and corporate values.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership is… Values

My former career was in the pressure cooker of Health Care.  It was a minefield. Positive individual care was a priority while staying within budget. Staff rights were balanced with responsibility and integrity while Board members’ demands often contrasted a union agreement. The job required the strategic thinking of Winston Churchill, the negotiating skills of Henry Kissinger and the leadership ability of Peter Drucker.

My leadership training was similar to other CEO’s.  We were taught to hire, hold accountable, counsel, discipline and terminate. We planned strategically, set achievable goals, organized and re-engineered.  We set visions to ensure every client was a valued customer while upholding the guiding principles written on the sleeves of our sweatshirts.  We designed seamless services.  We thought inside and outside the box and pretended the box didn’t exist.  I’ve been taught, Maslow and his Hierarchy of needs, Lewin’s Democratic, Autocratic and Laissez-faire styles.  I’ve used Blake & Moulton on the managerial grid and Tannenbaum & Schmidt on the use of Authority and Freedom. I’ve been surveyed by Hersey & Blanchard and have worked with Theory X, Y and Z.  I’ve read The One Minute Manager and Who Moved my Cheese.  The corporate work force taught me a lot. I’m grateful and very thankful.  However, secular leadership is often designed to fill a toolbox with skills to motivate and manipulate others to achieve predetermined goals.

The secular world didn’t teach me to follow, serve and live a life completely transformed by the mind of Christ. I wasn’t taught to see my leadership role as God’s chosen servant with a love for my staff, Board and competitors.  The role of a servant or slave set free and turned into a disciple is not taught in secular business schools.

As a Christian Servant Leader, I strive to integrate my spiritual values on the job. God created me, “in His own image” (Genesis 1:27).  He pre-wired skills, abilities and gifts before my birth.  Jeremiah illustrates, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5) or as David said, “you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13).  God directed Servant Leadership is a transformed life of serving, giving and living the life Christ demonstrated for us.

Leadership is integrating and demonstrating God’s values and principles into our daily lives. It is my prayer that our Lord will guide you and me to be completely transformed to his image and to a leadership style that puts Christ and His service first.

What values drive your decisions?
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach

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