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The second quality I look for when selecting leaders is influence. Now we know that influence isn’t enough. But it sure is something. You definitely don’t want to build a team of non-influencers. I would caution you to not build a “cool club” team. That’s why character and influence have to go together. But you want people on your leadership team that can actually lead others and are influential. I think anyone can be taught how to have influence. But for some it just comes more natural. I always look to build my teams with naturally influential people.
Also, some people are made to follow more than lead. So when you put them in leadership positions they will more than likely disappoint themselves and you as the leader. Some are born to lead. Some are not. If everyone was a leader then we would have chaos. Some prefer to assist or follow.
Questions I ask:
- Do people want to follow them?
- Do they speak up in a group?
- Are they opinionated?
- Are they solution-oriented?
- Are they a good communicator?
- Do people want to be like them?
- Are they going anywhere in their life?
- Would they be a good recruiter?
February 11, 2011 Leave a comment
These men had great leadership ability but their character was horribly flawed. Skill and natural ability will only get you so far. What is most important is what a leader is like on the inside.
A great illustration is an iceberg. You can only see 10% of an iceberg. The other 90% is under water.The power of an iceberg comes from the bottom 90% and what you cannot see. Remember the Titanic???
It’s the same with people. Just like the iceberg much of our influence and power come from the qualities that are unseen. People usually only see what is on the outside but what matters most of all is what is on the inside. Jesus prioritized the inside over the outside. Read John 6:43-45.
When a leader has glaring character flaws or stubbornness against doing the right thing it will come back to haunt you as the leader of that team. Leaders without character lose their influence quickly or influence others in the wrong direction.
I always make sure that my leaders have no major sin issues. Examples: Gossip, lying, addictions, sexual immorality, etc. I Timothy chapter 3 has some great stuff to say about the qualifications of an overseer. I want my leaders to be able to have the confidence in themselves that the Apostle Paul had in I Corinthians 11:1 “Follow me as I follow Christ.” I want to set them up to succeed.
When we are trying to add new leaders to our team we have a application process and an interview process where we ask pointed questions about their character. We also Facebook stalk them. Don’t judge me…
Questions To Ask:
- Are they defensive? Prideful? Lazy?
- Are they self-disciplined in doing what is right?
- Are they dependable?
- Do they tell the truth?
February 9, 2011 Leave a comment
I’ve recently been studying team building while pursuing my masters in Christian leadership at Liberty University. It’s prompted me to organize thoughts on how I build my teams. I figured I would share them with all the team builders out there.
The first thing that comes to mind is importance of selecting the leaders on the team. It’s absolutely amazing you can accomplish when you have the right people in the right spots. You can take over a field in business, win a city, build a dynasty, and pretty much do anything with the right team. Jesus hand picked his twelve members and so should we.
Over the next few posts I will share qualities that I look for in potential team members or leaders.
Here are some excellent books on team building:
February 5, 2011 Leave a comment
All NLC campuses (Cabot, Conway, Heber Springs, Fort Smith, & Greater Little Rock) coming together for one service in Verizon Arena in Little Rock.
Around 13,000 people registered.
Kris Allen leading worship.
Tickets are free but you must have a ticket to get in!
Parking is $5-$10. That’s Verizon not us. Sorry.
SEE YOU THERE!!!!
January 6, 2011 1 Comment
I always like to give out a list of books that I read. Please leave a comment of any books that you recommend for me. Here are the books I read in 2010. Books UNDERLINED are highly recommended.
- Fathered By God—John Eldredge
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years—Donald Miller
- Church in the Making—Ben Arment
- The Blessed Life—Robert Morriss
- The Christian Atheist—Craig Groeschel
- Making Ideas Happen—Scott Belsky
- The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive—Patrick Lencioni
- Sun Stand Still—Steven Furtick
- Walking With God—John Eldredge
- Praying The Lord’s Prayer For Spiritual Breakthrough—Elmer Towns
- Fasting For Spiritual Breakthrough—Elmer Towns
- Developing the Leader Within You—John Maxwell
- Radical—David Platt
- The Dip—Seth Godin
- Making Vision Stick—Andy Stanley