Leading And Loving It
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
If you haven’t yet read Tony Dungy’s new book, The Mentor Leader, you should. During our time together at the KNCSB Men’s Retreat I suggested that you could love leading. Coach Dungy’s book expands on that premise.
“If you take only one thing from this book, let it be this: Relationships are ultimately what matter—our relationships with God and with other people. The key to becoming a mentor leader is learning to put other people first. . . . You see, the question that burns in the heart of the mentor leader is simply this: What can I do to make people better, to make them all that God created them to be?”
Unlike other types of leadership, mentor leadership is concerned with building and adding value to the lives of people.
This world is not lacking in leadership books. However it is lacking in leadership books that focus on followers. Without followers, leaders can’t succeed. Leaders who understand that their primary responsibility is to help others succeed are always successful and have achieved significance.
In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins makes the case for leaders that move from success to significance by setting up their followers/successors for even greater success. He identifies these leaders as Level 5 leaders.
Are you a Level 5 leader?
If you haven’t spoken to your Pastor or Association Director of Missions about scheduling Next Level Leadership’s six-hour coach training, you need to soon. Remember, this is an investment that puts new mentoring tools in your leadership “kit bag”. It is well worth your time.
We can’t always raise a staff member’s pay or even provide expenses for volunteers, however we can invest in them. Don’t let this opportunity get past you.
Contact me to calendar a coach training workshop. Share your thoughts with me as you read The Mentor Leader. Seize the Day (Carpe Diem). . . . and as always, God bless you as you serve and lead.
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