I just found my notes from Hans Finzel's book - a must-read for any pastor / church leader. Just in case you're like me and already have 3-4 books going at this moment and don't really have time or energy to add another book to the list - here are the 'cliff-notes' version: (Don't miss #9 - it's my favorite!)
Longevity is not leadership. Leadership is leadership. And longevity is longevity. Don’t get me wrong – I love hearing about leaders who launch organizations and serve them for 20, 30, or 40 years. But does tenure make great leaders?
You are not leading if you are not developing new leaders. Simply developing followers who flesh out your ideas and implement your vision won’t cut it. Having followers is not the defining characteristic of leadership. At its very core, leadership facilitates change. After all, if you are not leading people and teams toward change, what are you leading them to do? To be?
We have so much to learn from the One who could do it all in one step, yet didn't! He forms, then fills. He saves, then sanctifies. He purposes, then perfects. Don't get in too much of a hurry. He loves the process, and so should we. 🙂
Most of us agree – leadership is influence. And there are times when influence morphs into down-right-out manipulation. Have you seen a leader manipulate others? What were the effects? How do you guard against becoming manipulative?
It’s the one piece of advice we all know is true, but don’t necessarily want to hear. If I could say one thing to my generation it would be this – Grow on purpose! Leaders and team members are looking for solutions to complex challenges in their life and work. And our conversations inevitably lead back to the same solution – grow on purpose.