The quality of your leadership is not measured by the number of followers you produce. It is measured by the leaders you develop.
- John Maxwell
Great leadership requires building a cohesive leadership team.
Leading with a team is the Biblical pattern:
- Moses had 70 elders to carry the leadership load with him
- In addition he appointed leaders of 10/100/1000
- David had his mighty men
- Jesus raised up the team of disciples
- Paul taught that leaders are pass on the things they have learned to faithful men who would then be able to teach others.
Great leaders build a team because they have the next generation in mind
Each generation of leaders is the seed of the next.
- Any farmer will tell you that for the harvest to be good the seed must be good.
- For the sake of the generation to come, it is far more important right now, that we have better leaders rather than have more leaders.
- Better leaders produce better seed.
Poor leaders will bring forth after their own kind and extend their weakness to the next generation.
- Degenerate seed will produce a harvest that is not a little better but a little worse than the seed from which it came.
Great leaders will bring forth after their own kind and multiply their strengths to the next generation.
- The spiritual quality of leadership is so vitally important that it may be wise for us to think less about becoming larger and become more intentional about becoming better.
If we feel that we are what we should be, then we will remain what we are.
- We will not look for any change or improvement in our lives.
Three Keepers for Leaders
- Great leaders keep it Pure
- Great leaders keep it Clear
- Great leaders keep it Simple
1. KEEPING IT PURE
Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (NIV)
Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. (The Message)
1.1. God deals with the heart of every leader exclusively and individually
- Every prophet, every reformer, every revivalist, every great leader had to meet God alone before he could help the multitudes.
- The great leaders who went on to turn thousands to Christ had to begin with God and their own soul.
One of the challenges in the soul that every leader faces
- Managing the tension between denying self or promoting
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” (NKJV)
After this, Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee 2 A huge crowd followed him, attracted by the miracles they had seen him do among the sick. (The Message)
1.2. Self-promotion begins by when we believe that Leadership is about attracting a crowd
When that becomes our belief and that begins to drive and motivate us, we begin to be consumed with wondering:
1.2.1. What must I do to attract the crowd
1.2.2. What must I do to keep the crowd
1.2.3. What do I do when I run out of things to do
We have been conditioned into believing that signs/miracles are the hallmark of a good leader
Much leadership revolves around the ability to impress with the promise
of the spectacular, the miraculous, the ability to perform
Having a big crowd doesn’t automatically mean you are a good leader:
- You may be a good performer
- You may be a good entertainer
- You may have great stage presence
- You are not necessarily a good leader
1.3. If we train our people to follow because of our ability to perform,
1.3.1 they will learn to keep looking for a better performer.
It's not your job to make people happy - You are a leader not an entertainer
1.3.2. As a leader you will be under constant pressure to perform better – and
fall into the trap of promoting self.
They replied, “You must show us more miracles if you want us to believe you are the Messiah. Give us free bread every day, like our fathers had while they journeyed through the wilderness! (Living Bible)
They are like people on drugs— stimulated and attracted – but they need a stronger dose each time and soon no possible dose is effective.
1.3.3. In leaders today, Charisma has become more important than Character
- The desire for popularity has taken pre-eminence over virtues like meekness, modesty, humility, quietness, obedience, self denial, patience.
- The result is that so much leadership reeks with pride, performance, self-assertion, self-promotion, love of gain and devotion to trivial pleasures.
26 Jesus replied, “The truth of the matter is that you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you believe in me.
27 But you shouldn’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. No, spend your energy seeking the eternal life that I, the Messiah,[a] can give you. For God the Father has sent me for this very purpose.”
28 They replied, “What should we do to satisfy God?”
29 Jesus told them, “This is the will of God, that you believe in the one he has sent.” (Living Bible)
1.4. Pure leadership is
- When you deny yourself
- When you let Jesus lead through you
- When people follow because you give people reason to
2. KEEPING IT CLEAR
1 Corinthians 14:6-8
If I don’t address you plainly with some insight or truth or proclamation or teaching, what help am I to you? If musical instruments—flutes, say, or harps—aren’t played so that each note is distinct and in tune, how will anyone be able to catch the melody and enjoy the music? If the trumpet call can’t be distinguished, will anyone show up for the battle? (The Message)
In ancient times of warfare a trumpet would sound when it was:
- Time to eat
- Time to sleep
- Time to retreat in battle
- Time to advance in battle
What if the trumpet player got it wrong?
As a leader you must be clear
- Your words must produce clarity of action
- You need to create clarity
- You need to over communicate clarity
- You need to reinforce clarity
If your team and your people are going to understand and buy in to your vision, the have to be able to understand what it is.
2.1. Growth brings complexity
- When things get complex – there is potential for a loss of clarity
- Complexity is the enemy of clarity
- Complexity leads to confusion.
- Confusion leads to uncertainty.
- Uncertainty produces cowardice.
- Cowards never take meaningful action.
Clarity in Leadership
When things start becoming too complex, step back and ask 3 questions:
2.2.1. What are we doing?
- If you don't know what you are doing you are going to have a hard time doing it.
- The mist in your mind will become a cloud in your organization
- There is always more than one plan
- The key is to find and communicate the plan and get people to work that plan
2.2.2. Why are we doing it?
- If your team can't answer this it just becomes a job
- This is where the emotion of what you do comes into play
2.2.3. Who must do what?
- What is your critical role
- What is it that only you can do
- What will happen if you do not do what you do
Leaders develop a hoarder mentality when they believe they must be the source of everything.
3. KEEPING IT SIMPLE
3.1. Successful leaders create clarity by creating simplicity
- Simplicity is the key to sustainability
Leaders who lead effectively and who remain effective over the long term
- Are leaders who keep it clear and who keep it simple.
Apple leapfrogged the competition by pioneering devices that simplified the way we access, store, and share information. If you read the Apple's first brochure, the headline was "Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication."
Educators have the ability to take something simple and make it complicated
- Good leaders are those who take something complicated and make it simple
Great leaders lead people in ways that people's brains can actually follow them
- The measure of a great leader isn't what he knows; it's what his people understand
If you want to take your leadership to the next level, don't try to dazzle people with your intellect or overpower them with information. Give them clarity and simplicity. People will relate to you and be able to engage intellectually your vision.
Simplicity in Leadership
3.2. Lead by learning to do simple arithmetic
- Value to people every day
- Your leadership land mines
- Identify the things that are/will hold you back
- Subtract he things that if you don't remove them, will blow you up
- Your strengths by developing them
- The things you do well give you the high return
- You do not have influence in the areas you are weak
- Your weaknesses by delegating them
- People know what your weaknesses are
- Stop doing the things you don't do well
3.3. Work hard at staying simple by thinking through the complexities of
Create a one sentence job description for each person
Great leaders help people to get things done through relationships/together
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. (Hans Hofmann - Artist)
When you first attack a problem it seems really simple because you don't understand it. Then when you start to really understand it, you come up with these very complicated solutions because it's really hairy. Most people stop there. But a few people keep burning the midnight oil and finally understand the underlying principles of the problem and come up with an elegantly simple solution for it. But very few people go the distance to get there. (Steve Jobs)
As you think through Why, What, Who
- Reduce rather than add to its complexity
- It doesn’t mean taking short cuts
- It doesn’t mean just throwing something easy together in a hurry
- It doesn’t mean it has not been well though through
- That’s “Simplistic”
Simple is thinking through and understanding all the complexities
- So you can eliminate the unnecessary, for the necessary to speak
- It's not always easy to stay simple but simplicity is always effective
- Its the simple acts that make a difference in life
3.4. End things that need to be ended
EG : A fruit tree produces more buds than it can sustain
- the good ones need the resources of the whole bush
- the weak/sick ones need to be cut off
Always be asking three critical questions
3.4.1. What's good and not best
3.4.2. What's sick and will not get well
3.4.3. What's dead and needs to be got rid of
When a leader realizes something needs to be let go of - its time to create a necessary ending
- Sometimes a season is past and the plug needs to be pulled
- Sometimes the realization that hope is not going to change anything
The hardest is when there has been investment, attachment, a person is involved
3.5. Become a leader who solves the problem
If you keep telling yourself that you should be fixing something and are not doing it you are probably not going to fix it
3.5.1 Focus on what's relevant to your vision and team
3.5.2. Remember that there will always be distractions – avoid them
3.5.3. Keep focusing on the problem until you have solved it.
Lead simply & simply lead
Lead clearly & clearly lead
Lead purely & purely lead