Tag: Jim Collins

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

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Leadership Is Growing a Healthy Church

Laurie Kennedy“Organizational decline is largely self-inflicted, and recovery largely within our own control” (How the Mighty Fall by Jim Collins). Jim works with Business organizations. I work with churches. Secular organizations and churches have significant differences but also a lot in common. As a Leadership Coach, I work to improve the spiritual and organizational health of the leaders and churches I work with.

If the parallel holds and the decline in church health is self-inflicted and the solutions are within our control then these 9 points are a good place to start praying about.

  • Pastors and leaders need to challenge and support their people to pray and seek God’s will for their lives on a daily basis.
  • Leaders need to discover and follow God’s Vision for their church.
  • Guests must feel welcomed, secure and encouraged to return.
  • Dynamic leaders build dynamic teams that inspire their people to pray, seek God’s face and grow their church in spiritual and organizational health.
  • The right leaders need to be doing the right job at the right time in the right spirit for God’s glory.
  • Significant spiritual change and prayer happens more frequently and consistently in small groups
  • Your church should have the same feeling of love, care and security that we have with our biological families.
  • Healthy churches count and monitor their resources.  The most important factor to count, monitor and support is disciple makers. The health of your church depends on the number of people who are trained and consistently disciple others.
  • The church that prays together not only stays together but it grows, replicates itself and changes our world for Christ.

Leadership is living your God directed Vision that you are called to this place, at this time for a specific purpose.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group

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