by Chuck Scoggins
Pretty much everything that matters in this world, rises and falls on leadership.
The future and well being of your organization rests in the hands of its leaders.
World peace rises and falls on Leadership.
The ending of poverty rises and falls on Leadership.
The raising of kids and grandkids rises and falls on Leadership.
All leadership is intensely spiritual. Not necessarily religious, but spiritual.
If we’re not careful, the condition of our team can become secondarily important to the thrill of leading.
Often leaders with the highest level of vision and passion have the lowest level of awareness and passion for the spirit of the team they’re leading.
It’s easy for a leader to think those who don’t share the same passion about the vision as the leader are not as important to the organization.
If they don’t care about the vision as much as they should, I don’t need to be careful with their hearts.
Don’t get so addicted to vision achievement that people around you become like equipment.
5 Key Commitments (Willow Used) To Set Their People’s Spirit On Fire For The Vision
1. Use an outside engagement firm.
2. The entire executive team has to own the “turn-around.”
Your culture will only ever be as healthy as the senior leader wants it to be.
3. Get real serious about training everyone on staff who manage people.
It should be illegal to allow certain people to manage other people.
People join organizations, they leave managers.
Your organization will never reach its full.
4. Raise the level of candor in the twice-a-year performance reviews.
Every worker secretly wants to know at the end of the day, “how am I doing?” “Do you notice my work?” “Am I adding value in any way?” It is cruel and unusual punishment to not provide the answers to those questions.
The kindest form of management is the truth. – Jack Welsch
Stop (doing some negative desired behavior)
Start (doing something different)
Specificity is the key!!!
3 M Approach To Meetings & People Management
Start by clarifying what you are trying to move ahead.
If what you’re trying to move isn’t moving, modify the plan.
Motivate your people before the meeting ends.
Everybody wins when a leader gets better.
5. A ruthless commitment to resolving relational conflict regardless of how scary it feels.
What if we viewed conflict as a way to improve the relationship instead of a thing that causes a bigger rift. Check out Reconcile book by John Lederach.
In the average Christian organization 54% are engaged in their work and excited about their work. 30% in the corporate world.
Great leadership is by definition relentlessly developmental.
5 ways to develop a leader:
- Put them in high-challenge roles
- Assign them to a short-term task force
- Give real-time feedback
- Provide them with coaches mentors
- Offer them classroom courses and seminars
How to give emerging leaders a short-term task:
- Success or failure must both be possible.
- Emerging leader must have full charge.
- Must work with a large variety of people.
- Must have real pressures and a deadline.
- End result must be evaluated by a senior leader.
Resourcefulness is the most essential weapon in a leader’s arsenal.
The average tenure for Fortune 500 CEO’s today is 4.5 years.
This is becoming the norm for non-profits too.
Legacy Leaders vs Hireling Types
Legacy leaders want to give their one and only life to a cause bigger than themselves.
Legacy leaders work for the grander vision.
Legacy leaders are the only ones wiling to pay the price to fix a broken culture.
When we die, our lives will be determined by the dash between the two dates on our grave marker.
You get to decide what that dash looks like.
You can choose to be a hireling, or an owner type who leaves something beautiful behind.
Nobody “drifts” into becoming a legacy leader.
Endurance – James 1:12
The grander the vision, the greater the price tag.
The grandest vision – redemption of mankind – cost Jesus his life.
Don’t be surprised when grand visions come with a big price tag. So, legacy leaders have to develop an endurance to survive.
Humble yourself and call for help. Recognize that this rough patch is going to require outside help.