Most organizations have a published set of values. Unfortunately, often that is where it stops. They put a page on their website or a plaque on the wall and feel their work is done. It is easy to establish values; it is EXTREMELY HARD to model and live them everyday.
The responsibility to instill the values in the culture rests solely on the shoulders of leadership. It is a daunting task and I would argue there is not much more important in a leader’s performance than the effective stewardship of values. Your every action MUST be a model of the values for all to follow.
As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them”
Did you ever notice the vast majority of Professional coaches played their respective sport at least at a collegiate level? In fact after doing my own quick research of the 32 current NFL coaches I found this to be true 100% of the time.
I firmly believe that players are traditionally more willing to follow someone who can relate to them. Someone who has walked in their shoes. A leader with past experience brings the following to their role:
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in WEAKNESSES, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am WEAK, then I am STRONG.”
2 Corinthians 12:10
We hear it all the time: A successful leader must find the strengths of team members in order to put them in a position to succeed. That sounds great in theory, but how does a leader do this?
A simple Google search on “Finding Strengths” will yield a multitude of great tools and tests that can be used. These tools are certainly helpful, but I feel most individuals already have a good understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses.
I am often asked what practices helped me in my journey towards servant leadership during my career? A few weeks ago I talked about the importance of “Walking the Floor” and it received great feedback. I would like to share another practice with you this week that was equally as important:
1 on 1 Meetings
Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”
John C. Maxwell
Leadership is not just for the execs in the corner office. God has gifted each of us with specific talents and provided unique occupations for all of us. I know He does not care about titles!
Think about the Morse Code Operator in the movie Lincoln. He influenced the President to alter a decision / directive that he was about to make to the public. Or how about a child in a family that encourages his/her parents to go to church on Sunday when they wouldn’t normally have gone. These are examples of leadership without a title.
Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.”
Thomas J. Watson Sr