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Proverbs 10:22 (NIV) “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
Being teachable should be a non-negotiable.When I am interviewing potential leaders I try to figure out if they are the type of leader that will be willing to learn under any circumstance. Teachable people can go further faster.
People skills, a positive attitude, and other qualities can be learned if you are teachable. I’ve seen countless examples of leaders skyrocketing in their influence because they are willing to be taught. In my opinion being teachable is the most important quality of a leader.
Questions to ask:
Who are their mentors?
How would they handle criticism and correction?
Do they ask great questions?
Can they handle being given direction?
Can they admit weakness? Say I’m sorry?
How do they handle failure and trials?
March 8, 2011 1 Comment
#6 Positive Attitude
People with a positive attitude make a team irresistible. When choosing my leaders I always look for people who are a positive and life-giving. People who encourage and look at the opportunities.
Debbie Downers don’t make great leaders.
Questions to ask:
- What was your first impression of them?
- What do they talk about?
- How is their attitude when things don’t go their way?
March 1, 2011 Leave a comment
When selecting leaders I always look for leaders with good people skills. Here’s the reason. Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to the love God and the second greatest commandment is to love people (Matthew 22:37-40). And I just don’t know how we can love people if we don’t have people skills.
Here are some of the questions I ask:
Do they work well with people?
Are they intimidated by people?
Are they awkward around strangers?
Can they speak first to others?
Do they have great communication skills?
Can they walk up to someone they have never met and spark up a conversation?
Every leader on my team has to have either natural people skills or the willingness to learn. I am naturally shy. However, I knew when I became a leader that I sacrificed that trait. Over several years, I have learned how to be more outgoing and extroverted for the sake of being a spiritual leader.
February 26, 2011 1 Comment
Competencies are the accumulation of skills, knowledge, experiences, and abilities that make the leader valuable to the team. If you only choose leaders who only have character or leaders who you have a natural connection with then you may end up wasting your time. They have to be able to bring results and contribute to the goals of the team. I always look for people that have great work ethic because God’s mission requires great work ethic. Am I right?
I would always prefer for my leaders to already have strong self discipline and skills. The truth is that everybody has an area where they are gifted. I always make sure we have some sort of a position for every leader on my team. Their gifting needs to match up with the positions or roles that we have available.
In Exodus 18, Jethro told Moses to “select capable men” to help him. He specified “capable men.” This obviously means there are some that are incapable and excludes those that are incapable.
In verse 22, he says, “That will make your load lighter.” Leaders should make our load lighter.
Also, in II Timothy 2:2 Paul says, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
February 15, 2011 Leave a comment
Around our staff team we have a phrase that we use called “Divine Flow.” We use it when describing people that are easy to be around. You probably know what I’m talking about. Those people who don’t take a whole lot of work and energy for you to to be around. It just clicks. You both “get” each other.
I really do think that running a team should be fun. So I build my team full of leaders who are fun to be around and who energize me. And I don’t apologize for it. Because I think when you work with people you actually like then you will get more things done.
Questions To Ask:
- Do I like being around them?
- Will I look forward to having meetings with them?
- Does it energize me to work with them?
- Do they “get” my vision?
- Do they trust me?
February 13, 2011 Leave a comment
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: