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Act Your Age…Not Your Shoe Size

Bible Reference: Hebrews

In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.  You need milk, not solid food!  Hebrews 6:12 NIV

In this passage the author is referencing their discouragement within the Christian church receiving this letter.  He believes they took early steps towards spiritual development, but have since taken steps backwards.

In a similar sense, one must demonstrate continued growth towards their personal development as a leader in order to be an effective influencer of others.

Personal Responsibility

This is an area where any of us can fall short.  It appears there is an ever growing tendency to not take personal responsibility for our actions.  If a leader does not practice accountability, the whole organization will suffer.  Others will soon follow and no one will be answerable.

Emotional control

A competent leader is able to control their emotions.  Worthy leaders take the next step and are able to understand others emotions too.  Leading others’ can be very complicated, but if you don’t meet people at their own level and further develop their capabilities, it will continue to stay complicated.  Leaders start with understanding others and move them into areas of growth.

Collaboration

Once personal responsibility and emotional control are common place in an organization, collaboration can become a valued practice.  Maturity gives us the capability to work together while allowing for free exchange without the worry of being judged.  The organization becomes a group of departments that enjoy working with each other and strive to see each other succeed.

The spiritual maturity of the Hebrews was important, and so is leadership maturity.

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Coach, Play The Bench!

Bible Reference: Body of Christ

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.  And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.  1 Corinthians 12:27-28 NIV

Why do leaders, just as coaches, need to play their bench?

Experience

Coaches can learn a lot about a player by seeing how they perform in an actual game.  They also need to have people on the bench ready to play in case they lose one of their players.

Leaders of organizations need to be doing the same thing.  Pressing inexperienced individuals into pressure situations can be educational for both the individual and the leader.  Don’t just let the veterans do everything, because you never know when you might lose one of them.

Different Gifts

Coaches realize all players are different and possess different special gifts.  In first Corinthians 12, Paul uses the same analogy to describe the body of Christ.  We all have different spiritual gifts and need to be using them.

The same applies to our teams.  Everyone has strengths; it’s leadership’s responsibility to identify and encourage the use of those gifts by our staff.

Competition

Often the players on the bench push the players on the floor to do their very best.  The players in the game know that if they don’t work hard, play smart and mistake free, the coach may very well replace them with a bench player.

Accountability in our organizations should be no different.  The culture should be in place that expects maximum effort from all individuals…even if you’re on the bench.

Protecting Our Gifts

Bible Character:  Samson (Judges 13-16)

God granted Samson supernatural strength.  Strength was his gift, and he used it to defeat the Philistines and become a hero among the Israelites.  Even though he was gifted in some areas, Samson also had vulnerabilities.

What is your strength?  Whatever your area of expertise is, it’s important to be strong and knowledgeable in that field, using this gift in an appropriate and ethical way. 

Leaders are often afforded much liberty.  Similarly, Samson received a lot of power in his lifetime.

We sometimes see individuals with authority misuse their influence, participating in activities that are unbecoming, and consequently losing much that they have gained.

How are we as leaders protecting ourselves from these allurements and traps?

Understand the Rules

A tendency of all of us can be to look at the “gray areas” of our life and push beyond the boundaries.  Self-discipline is a key to any good leader knowing, and staying, within the limits.   Standards are high for leaders and attention to them is important.

Ownership for our Actions

Personal responsibility has been diminished in today’s society.  Great leaders not only take ownership for their actions, but also the actions of their team.

Accountability Partners

All of us can use a little help in keeping ourselves accountable.  We are all answerable to God, but also designating a friend or colleague to keep us accountable is vital.

Samson discovered the consequences for not protecting his gift.  His weakness was an attraction to untrustworthy women. Delilah connived with the Philistines and cut Samson’s hair off…without it he was weakened and eventually captured.  In the end, God granted Samson enough strength to take revenge on the Philistine rulers, but he lost his own life in that avenging.

We all need to be on guard so vulnerabilities are not taken advantage of.

Finding the Diamonds!

Bible Character:  Samuel (Prophet and Judge)

Samuel was a leader himself, but also understood the importance of developing future leaders.  Living in a time when Israel did not have kings, Samuel organized the Israelites into an army and defeated the Philistines.  It was during his lifetime that the nation of Israel desired to be led by a king, and he was responsible for anointing both Saul and David as kings of Israel.

How do we develop future leaders?

1. Recognize gifts and bring them out – We all need to be on the lookout for potential future leaders and encourage them to use their gifts in the area of leadership.

2. Challenge them with different jobs – Once you have spotted a potential leader, start challenging them by giving them new and different tasks.  Push them to better themselves by exposing them to situations that develop that person as a leader.

3. Give them feedback – This was Samuels’s main job as a prophet.  Leaders constantly communicate to those they lead about areas they are doing well in and also areas that they need to improve in.  All of us want to know how we are doing. 

4. Know when to reward them new responsibilities – Samuel kept the continuation of leaders in Israel by rewarding new leaders with their positions.  Sometimes we wait too long to move someone forward to their new responsibility.

 

Leaders need to be accountable

Samuel was not actually in favor of Israel being led by “kings”.  He warned of the negatives of having such a leader, and the possible lack of accountability for the king.  This is also a key when establishing future leaders, finding individuals that understand the importance of holding themselves accountable to the people they lead.

 

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