What does it mean to lead well? As Christians, we can learn different ways to become proficient leaders in our church, family, and community. Experienced speakers, pastors and leaders from around the country help us to understand what it means to lead well and honor Christ with our lives on a daily basis.
Leading with heart
In order to lead people well, it’s important to get to know them. Author and leader Jenni Catron believes that spending time one-on-one with those whom you lead is essential to leadership. There are many assessment tools to understand why a person might work or operate a certain way, but the best way to lead is to understand the heart and figure out how to motivate a person to action based on that information. Jenni says that each person you lead is different, and the success of a leader is dependent on his or her willingness to get to know each individual and what makes them tick.
Leading from the valley
Artist and visionary Eric Samuel Timm believes that life was not meant to be lived on a mountaintop. He says that while many people think they have reached success when they reach a goal or arrive at a destination, the true riches of life are actually found in the valley. In fact, he says that leadership is like a rollercoaster. Leaders must be willing to both experience the highs and also lead people through their own in work and life.
You can find out more about Eric Samuel Timm by checking out his website.
Leading by listening
Pastor Eugene Cho says that it is imperative that leaders make a habit of listening. He says that our Christian life should not be compartmentalized. Rather, our whole lives should be lived in communion with God, and that includes sitting around a table listening to others. Practicing the discipline of listening can help us to be good disciples and good leaders.
Leading by taking risks
Is your life working just the way you want it to? Author and leadership trainer Jason Jaggard says that sometimes we unintentionally create lives we say we don’t want. In order to lead through lasting change and accomplish all that God has for us, we need to think differently. By understanding the difference between taking unnecessary risks and healthy risks, we can take action and move out of the rut we sometimes find ourselves in. And leaders, especially, should practice the art of self-challenge.
Jason is the author of Spark: Transform Your World, One Small Risk at a Time.
To learn more about the art of leading well, you can hear compelling interviews from each of our guests below.