Tag: Eric Geiger

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 Forgiving #228

Laurie KennedySome churches are challenged by a member who knows it all, complains about everything and wants to control the church through their finances, experience and threats.

These challenging church members have similar characteristics. They sit in the same seat every Sunday and are extremely critical of the Pastor and Board. They offer significant encouragement and cash on their favorite projects but nothing to others. Any testimony is about previous years, former Pastors, favorite projects and any prayer is directed similarly.

I was asked to advise a Board concerning one of these individuals. A mentor encouraged me to read ‘The Devil in Row Seven’ by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo. The book arrived two days later and I was engrossed. This is not a book for casual relaxing reading with my feet on the coffee table by the fireplace. It was intense and riveting.  

The book relives the horror for Rebecca, daughter of Pastor Robert Nichols and her family. Their verbal, written and physical attacks required the assistance of the folks in their church, the police, and national media. I was horrified at the extent of hate directed to her family from a church member.

The book reinforced in me, “The primary purpose for our leadership mandate is to make known the glory of God by leading others to flourish in God’s design. (Designed to Lead by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck) The phenomenal power of God given forgiveness that Rebecca and her family lived and demonstrated is obvious in the book. This awesome gift of forgiveness is available to all of us.

I finished reading the true experience of Rebecca and was totally immersed with the realization that God’s direction in her life was one of complete and total forgiveness for the member who sat in complete hatred of her Father. Wow!

Leadership is … forgiving first, then dealing with organizational and relationship issues.

Yours in Service,

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

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