Tag: Courteous Rebel

Leadership Is Servant Leadership

 

Laurie KennedyDuring the last day of our Master in Leadership program at Trinity Western University, our Director, Dr. Don Page gave us an awe inspiring message. Of the many things he told us, one phrase continues to stand out. Don said, with the completion of this program, we would never listen to a speech or watch a TV show or a movie without noting the Leadership styles. Even though that inspiring speech was ten years ago, I still look for Servant Leaders wherever I go.

These statements have re-affirmed his comments this week.

  • Servant Leaders develop other leaders.
  • Servant Leaders make hard decisions.
  • Servant Leaders are visionary: they believe in and motivate their people.
  • Servant Leaders find and build other Servant Leaders.
  • Servant Leaders have a Vision, Mission and Values to improve whatever they do.
  • Servant Leaders show the world a better way.
  • Servant Leaders lead by serving.
  • Servant Leaders care for their people and lead them toward the ultimate Vision.

As a leader, what can you do to demonstrate God’s love?

“Servant Leadership is being a servant first. The essence of servant leadership is leading by example.” (Courteous Rebel by Angie Mays)

“Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not the shepherd take care of the flock?” (Ezekiel 34:2 NIV) As Christian leaders, you are not here to serve “your own interests, but each of you to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4 NIV).

“…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)

“Leadership is not about being in charge, it is about taking care of those in your charge.” (Simon Sinek)

As a Leader, look to implement these characteristics at home, work and school today.

Leadership is … showing the world a better way!

Yours in Service,

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

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Leadership Is Implementing your Vision      

 

Laurie Kennedy“Leaders in today’s churches must be directional: they are tasked with keeping the church moving in the right direction-its God-given direction-the Great Commission. They know that people will never do ministry that matters until they know what matters.” (Being Leaders by Aubrey Malphurs)

“There is a step-by-step process in having a ‘vision-based and vision-oriented’ ministry. Imagine the phenomenal power of 100% of our people actively, effectively working together to accomplish the Vision. Unless the vision of a leader mobilized the energies of the persons and the resources of an organization, it will fail.”  (Mays, Angie Courteous Rebel)

Work through these steps.

  • Pray. As a leadership team pray with your people asking God for his plan for your church, ministry and your community.
  • Plan a Vision Discovery retreat or a series of evening Vision discussions.
  • Ask all your people to share and list key words representing their prayerful dreams for the Ministry.
  • Pray through the list and find key words and common trends.
  • Review the lists for scriptural integrity. Your Vision must be supported by scripture.
  • Take your key words, common trends and talk about the picture these statements would paint.
  • Ensure the completion of the Vision would move you toward an increase in the number of salvation and baptism decisions.
  • Build statements that are clear, challenging and describe a verbal picture of the future for your people. Does it answer the question, if we all put God first in our lives, what will be accomplished in our community of faith?
  • Continue to pray as you develop a statement, that describes your prayerful dream for the future.
  • Consider the statement prayerfully then come together to prayerfully agree on the statement.
  • Announce, celebrate and build plans to accomplish the Vision.

Leadership is … knowing, leading and implementing God’s Vision.

Yours in Service,

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

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Leadership Is Serving in 2017

Laurie KennedyHappy New Year. At the Jethrogroup we are thankful for the privilege of influencing Leaders around our world. Many of you are Christ followers working in churches, mission organizations and secular jobs.  Others of different faith backgrounds are reading, learning and developing their leadership one decision at a time. It is a privilege to serve.

Let’s start this year serving.

“Servant Leadership is being a servant first. The essence of servant leadership is leading by example.” (Angie Mays, Courteous Rebel)

“The art of leadership is being ready and able to subordinate one’s self interest often to the greater good of the unit or the organization.”  (Fred Smith CEO of the Year, FedEx)

“My work as a director is to make everybody bloom.” (Mira Nair, Fast Company)

“In my experience, any leader, military or civilian, has one priority: the quality of the people under his command.  Without their skill and spirit, the best plans and policies turn to dust.”  (Michael Abrashoff, Fast Company)

“A servant leader is a servant first.” (Reflection on Leadership)

“Level 5 leaders embody a paradoxical mix of personal humility and professional will.  They are ambitious, to be sure, but ambitious first and foremost for the company, not themselves.” (Hunter, James C. quoting Jim Collins in The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle)

“Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock?” (Ezekiel 34:2 NIV)

As Christian leaders, we are not here to serve your “own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4 NKJV).

The leader is, “the ‘servant’ of the followership”. (Marquardt, Global Leaders for the Twenty-First Century)

“The servant-leader is servant first…it begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first” (Robert Greenleaf)

Leadership is … showing God’s love through service.

Yours in Service,

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

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Leadership Is Love

Laurie Kennedy“If you want to change how your company (church) works, then change how your people think. The most powerful force in business isn’t greed, fear, or even the raw energy of unbridled competition. The most powerful force in business “is love” (Fast Company). Love is Biblically based and recommended within the dot com companies. As this is true for the dot com industry, then because it is Biblically based, it is certainly relevant for our churches today.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. The greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 & 13 NIV). Christ commanded us to “love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12 NIV). Further, as Christ “loved his own” (John 13:1 NIV) the Christian Servant Leader “must not quarrel, instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful…gently instruct” (11 Timothy 2:24-25 NIV), to lead with characteristics of “above approach…temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach…not violent but gentle…not a lover of money (1 Timothy 3:1-3 NIV).

As a leader, what can you do to demonstrate God’s love? Angie Mays in her book the Courteous Rebel suggests, “Servant Leadership is being a servant first. The essence of servant leadership is leading by example.” Further, in reference to the shepherd, (Ezekiel 34:2 NIV), “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not the shepherd take care of the flock?” As Christian leaders, we are not here to serve “your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4 NIV).

Leadership is, demonstrating God’s love by Loving and caring for those you serve. “By this all men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another” (John 13:35 NIV).

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethrogroup
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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