Leadership is something that we all need to reach our full potential. Whether you are a part of a small team in a startup or an employee of a massive corporation, you need to be led well. Even if you’re the head of a huge organization, you need training, mentors, and coaches to see the best results in your own leadership… In other words, we need to be led.
Our leadership team at church is in the process of realizing and applying this truth. Leadership is a great way to be more like Jesus, as He was the ultimate leader of the last 6000 years. At our church, to work on this, we decided to go through the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell after I (David) read through it on a weekend and suggested it to the pastor. His response was to ask me to lead a directed discussion of each chapter every week with questions and application to make us better leaders.
Our church is at a turning point. There are many situations that have happened over the past two years that have required a greater level of leadership than we previously had. Ministries have been either rebooted, rearranged, or even canceled. Team members have been both added and subtracted. We see a great need to strengthen our foundation as a team, not only to survive these situations, but to thrive and grow in them.
This book has been great for that. It has shown me personally and our team in general a few different areas where we are either weak or have a total “blind spot” in leadership. The laws in particular that I want to work on are 7 and 12, which primarily focus on “people skills” and delegation. I don’t really have much experience taking a person from smaller responsibilities to greater ones, and I need to learn that discipleship process better.
However, this book isn’t the only thing that we are using to challenge our leadership team for growth. In October, we went as a team to a local leadership conference, and we will be attending the Global Leadership Summit together in November. We also have plans for continuing growth and application of the principles we learn after all of this.
That brings me to laws 1 and 2 from Maxwell’s book. Law number 1 stipulates that, as a leader, you are the lid for your team. Your team cannot go any further than your leadership abilities can bring them. Law number 2 is the law of process… In other words, with concerted, daily effort, you can, will, and must become a better leader. Leaders are people that grow and learn.
Please pray for our team to grow as leaders. Pray for me as I attempt to lead them and be as close to Jesus’ example as possible. If you would like to get the book from Amazon and go through it with your team, you can click on the link below.
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (10th Anniversary Edition)
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If you have suggestions for other books to go through as a team or any other input, please comment below. 🙂