From The Director’s Desk ~ October 2017

Edward D. Hess, a writer for Capital Business, authored an article dated April 28, 2013 on Servant Leadership.  His findings, and greatly to his surprise, indicated that charisma and vision, though important, are not the most important traits for leaders who want to develop teams that are high-functioning.  His research stated that high-functioning teams are more likely to result when the person or people in charge are servant-leaders.

Often servant-leadership has been misconstrued.  Far from being a “doormat” to others, servant leaders work to invest in and shape those under their leadership both for personal and professional effectiveness.  According to Hess, servant leaders “believe [their team members] should be treated with respect and have the opportunity to do meaningful work.”

Hess further states that “servant leaders are vigilant in fighting elitism, arrogance, complacency and hubris daily.”

The Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development will be focusing on servant-leadership as our theme during October and November.  You will have 9 podcasts with study guides available to use to have conversations with your team.  Quotes will be posted on our Jack McDowell School for Leadership Facebook page.  Articles will be posted on this theme as well.

Jesus is our model for leadership.  He stated that “to be great in God’s Kingdom we must be the servant of all.”  We invite you to join the SLD team in understanding and implementing the important traits of servant-leadership:  humility, modeling, respect for others, and integrity.  These are a few of the important traits that leaders must be conscientiously developing for both personal and professional health.

We look forward to serving you.  Please visit our website (newly named) at www.sldleadership.com, where you will find a host of material to aid you in your leadership journey.  Like us on our Facebook page and keep up with weekly posting on our topics.  We are also on Instagram!

From the SLD team and myself, we wish you a glorious October!

Grace to you!

Joanne Holz, Major

Director of The Jack McDowell School for Leaderhip Development

 

Edward D. Hess is a professor of business administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

From The Director’s Desk ~ October 2017

Edward D. Hess, a writer for Capital Business, authored an article dated April 28, 2013 on Servant Leadership.  His findings, and greatly to his surprise, indicated that charisma and vision, though important, are not the most important traits for leaders who want to develop teams that are high-functioning.  His research stated that high-functioning teams are more likely to result when the person or people in charge are servant-leaders.

Often servant-leadership has been misconstrued.  Far from being a “doormat” to others, servant leaders work to invest in and shape those under their leadership both for personal and professional effectiveness.  According to Hess, servant leaders “believe [their team members] should be treated with respect and have the opportunity to do meaningful work.”

Hess further states that “servant leaders are vigilant in fighting elitism, arrogance, complacency and hubris daily.”

The Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development will be focusing on servant-leadership as our theme during October and November.  You will have 9 podcasts with study guides available to use to have conversations with your team.  Quotes will be posted on our Jack McDowell School for Leadership Facebook page.  Articles will be posted on this theme as well.

Jesus is our model for leadership.  He stated that “to be great in God’s Kingdom we must be the servant of all.”  We invite you to join the SLD team in understanding and implementing the important traits of servant-leadership:  humility, modeling, respect for others, and integrity.  These are a few of the important traits that leaders must be conscientiously developing for both personal and professional health.

We look forward to serving you.  Please visit our website (newly named) at www.sldleadership.com, where you will find a host of material to aid you in your leadership journey.  Like us on our Facebook page and keep up with weekly posting on our topics.  We are also on Instagram!

From the SLD team and myself, we wish you a glorious October!

Grace to you!

Joanne Holz, Major

Director of The Jack McDowell School for Leaderhip Development

 

Edward D. Hess is a professor of business administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Leadership Transitions: The Perspectives of the Leader

Transition is essential for growth.  God set up His Creation that way. All living organisms grow through cycles of change. So, to lead well through transition, a leader must understand the organic nature of change.

Scripture describes the church as a living organism–the Body of Christ. The nature and function of the church is different than a business and every other enterprise. The Church is God’s agent to reconcile and redeem a fallen world where things are constantly falling apart, changing and dying. Your call to lead a church is a call to God’s creative, redeeming work of reconciliation..

Here are five principles for recognizing transition and leading dynamic growth in your church:

  1. All living organisms start small. You may have a big vision for your church. But in the Kingdom of Jesus, faithfulness starts small, like a mustard seed. In fact, Jesus has a lot to say about seeds. Seeds represent the source of life, the word of God, and the Alpha of God’s eternal plan. There are seeds that produce grain, and seeds that produce weeds, with sowers of each kind.  There are seeds that grow and bear fruit, and seeds that are trampled and die, depending upon the ground where the seed falls. Seeds only yield fruit “after their kind,” so care must be given to the kind of seed sown.

In God’s Kingdom, growth often begins when one person changes, repents, begins a new way of thinking, speaking, and embodying new life.  When Rosa Parks sat down in a “whites only” section of a Montgomery, Alabama bus, her goal was not to start a civil rights movement.  Her feet were tired and she was tired of injustice.  But when she refused to give up her seat, a movement was born. Jesus inaugurates a Kingdom that starts small and grows big,

moving through cycles of change from birth, decay, death, and rebirth. Jesus says, “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

What has to die in your ministry for new growth to take root?

  1. All living organisms resist control. You cannot coerce change, so don’t try. The opposite of faith is not unbelief, it is control. Now, faithfulness and good planning are not directly opposed.

Stewardship requires planning. But faithfulness belongs to a higher order, a different realm.  Planning is about human control. Faithfulness is about abiding in Christ. The problem is that we equate leadership with control. “The more control,” we think, “the greater likelihood of success.” So, we employ leadership strategies that treat the church like a machine. Control makes sense if you are making widgets. When a machine breaks down, you fix it.  You find the broken part, throw it away, and replace the part.

But the church is about serving people who are living and dying in a dynamically interconnected social, spiritual system. Touch one part and you touch all. Living organisms cannot be fixed, controlled, or managed. Instead, the church and all living organisms must be nurtured, healed, and redeemed. Congregations are animated by Spirit, not invention. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians, “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?” Jesus says that human flourishing and fruitfulness is entirely dependent upon our connection to the vine. “As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”

  1. All living organisms change in relationship to limiting and reinforcing processes. A limiting process is a barrier, obstacle, or difficult force that restricts and hinders growth. Picture a wall that blocks a plant from the sun. The plant will struggle to survive. Reinforcing processes are the forces that encourage or heighten growth. Now, imagine removing the wall. The plant will flourish under the sun.

What are the reinforcing and limiting forces at work in your church? What is moving with, or blocking, the flow of God’s Spirit? All growth requires change. In nature, to stop growing is to start dying so that, in death, new life might be formed.

  1. Power for growth lies in the underlying structure. Making a river flow in the opposite direction is impossible without changing the underlying riverbed, and not without a lot of excavation. It’s the same in the church. The older and more established the structure, the longer and more difficult will be the change. In fact, any change in the church that does not address the fundamental assumptions and practices of your history will be rejected. Beware of making any change without first addressing what lies underneath. Here is the rule:  any change that is not supported by an underlying structure will not last.
  2. Strength grows through crisis. (Or, obstacles are our best teachers) Living organisms have an amazing ability to adapt and change. Hardship produces character. Pain can be a pathway for healing. Failure can bring wisdom and reorder hope in God. Learn to embrace crisis as an opportunity for growth.

Is your church in transition, perhaps stuck, or stagnant, or maybe dying?  If so, maybe God has you in the perfect place to plant new seeds of life and growth.

 

By Jim Van Yperen

Leader Development Lesson Series

Welcome to the Leader Development Lesson Series presented by the Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development, in cooperation with and based on, EQUIP’s Million Leader Mandate materials. We are excited to offer this leadership material that can be used to encourage, equip and enliven the current leaders in your area and prepare them to be ready for service.

As indicated by EQUIP, this Leader Development Series will serve to train, grow and equip leaders through lessons that focus on the development of the following key dimensions of a leader’s life:

1. Spiritual Formation ~ Building the leader on the inside (Matthew 7:24-25)
2. Skill Formation ~ The practical doing part of leadership (Psalms 78:70-72)
3. Strategic Formation ~ Compound, or multiplying, results in ministry (Mark 1:16-17)

As you endeavor with your leadership group in this Leader Development Lesson Series, we would encourage you with the words from Dr. John C. Maxwell:

 “Our objective is not simply to give you tools to become a better leader. We do hope this will happen.
Our goal however, is far more than that . . . We want you not only to be a leader, but a leader of leaders.
We want you to be a mentor to leaders, who will multiply in others the training you’ve received.
Do you remember what the Apostle Paul said to Timothy? He wrote . . .

 ‘And these things which you have heard from me, in the presence of many witnesses,
entrust these things to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also . . .’

Remember, leadership development is not an ‘event’ but a ‘process.’ We don’t believe you can prepare
to be a great leader in a day.
We are asking that you decide now to be a student of leadership.
Be a part of the process. Learn it. Live it. Pass it on to others.”

 

Download the Leader’s Information Packet to get started with your Leader Development Lesson Series.

Leader Development Series Unit

Unselfish Thinking

Unselfish & Bottom Line Thinking – Leader Guide
Unselfish & Bottom Line Thinking – Student Guide

Biblical Generosity

The 360 Degree Leader and Generosity – Leader Guide
The 360 Degree Leader and Generosity – Student Guide

Practice to Lead Across

The Principles 360 Degrees Leaders practice to Lead Across – Leader Guide
The Principles 360 Degrees Leaders practice to Lead Across – Student Guide

Influence

Influence – Myths of Leading from the Middle of  an Organization – Leader Guide
Influence – Myths of Leading from the Middle of  an Organization – Student Guide

Failing Forward

Failing Forward – Leader Guide
Failing Forward – Student Guide

The Power of Partnership

 The Power of Partnership – Leader Guide
The Power of Partnership – Student Guide

Are We Willing to Focus on Others

Are we Willing to Focus on Others – Leader Guide
Are we Willing to Focus on Others – Student Guide

Leading Different Personalities

Leading Different Personalities – Leader’s Guide
Leading Different Personalities – Student Guide

Are We Wiling to Invest in Others

Are We Willing to Invest in Others – Leader Guide
Are We willing to Invest in Others – Student Guide

Are We Prepared for Relationships

Are We Prepared for Relationships – Leaders Guide
Are We Prepared for Relationships – Student Guide

The Right to Have Followers

The Right to have Followers – Leaders Guide
The Right to have Followers – Student Guide

Managing My Personal Growth

Managing My Personal Growth – Leader Guide
Managing My Personal Growth – Student Guide

I like Your Style

I like Your Style – Leader Guide
I like Your Style – Student Guide

Your Decision Determines Your Destiny

Your Decision Determines Your Destiny – Leader Guide
Your Decision Determines Your Destiny – Student Guide

Leaders Lead Across

Leaders Lead Across – Leader Guide
Leaders Lead Across – Student Guide

Leaders Lead Up

Leaders Lead Up – Leader Guide
Leaders Lead Up – Student Guide

Mutual Trust

Can We Build Mutual Trust – Leader Guide
Can We Build Mutual Trust – Student Guide

Win-Win Relationships

Can We Create a Win-Win Relationship – Leader Guide
Can We Create a Win-Win Relationship – Student Guide

Managing My Family, Thinking, and Commitment

Managing My Family, Thinking, and Growth – Leader Guide
Managing My Family, Thinking, and Growth – Student Guide

Managing My Generosity, Values, and Growth

Managing My Generosity, Values, and Growth – Leader Guide
Managing My Generosity, Values, and Growth – Student Guide

Managing My Attitude, Priorities, and Health

Managing My Attitude, Priorities, and Health – Leader Guide
Managing My Attitude, Priorities, and Health – Student Guide

Leadership Challenges

Characteristics of a Giant Killer – Leader Guide
Characteristics of a Giant Killer – Student Guide

Leadership Credibility

Making the Tough Call – Leader Guide
Making the Tough Call – Student Guide

How Leaders Pray

How Leaders Pray – Leader Guide
How Leaders Pray – Student Guide

The Foundation for Our Leadership

The Foundation for our Leadership – Leader Guide
The Foundation for our Leadership – Student Guide

Leadership and Relationships

Leadership and Relationships – They Make Me or Break Me – Leader Guide
Leadership and Relationships – They Make Me or Break Me – Student Guide

The Leader’s Time: Tick, Tock, Manage the Clock

The Leader’s Time: Tick, Tock, Manage the Clock-Leader Guide
The Leader’s Time, Tick, Tock, Manage the Clock-Student Guide