The Four E’s of Leadership

As a leader, it is important to have a lens to view your leadership through. This way, your decisions and actions can be filtered and evaluated as useful or not, in alignment with your values or not, and appropriate for your context or not. There are a multitude of models out there, some more complex than others. For me, simplicity allows me flexibility and adaptability, things that I value. For your consideration, here are my four E’s of leadership. My leadership should… Encourage Sometimes the people we lead need to me reminded why we value them in the position they occupy. Encouragement can be simple reminders of the skills they bring to the team. It can also take the form of celebrating wins, both small and large. As leaders, we need to remember that our encouragement adds energy to the roles and activities of those under us. It is also important to remember that the lives of those we lead are bigger than the role they play in our organizations. Questions for your leadership – How do you celebrate wins and progress? How often do you do this? How often to you check in on your people’s lives outside the organization? How safe do your people feel to answer your questions honestly? Empower Empowering others to lead or perform their tasks means giving them the space to operate. Recognizing that others will not do things the way that you would. Giving others space to fail (not out of incompetence), evaluate, and refocus. Empowering is felt as trust by those you lead. The nemesis of an empowering leader is an...

Whose Will Be Done?

Prayer is an essential element in maintaining our connection with and openness to our Father in heaven. It is from that connection that wisdom and motivation for leadership flows. One of the ruts that I fall into, and I am certain that I am not alone in this, is that I impose my will in prayer. I come into prayer with my list of wants and requests for ministry and people, tie it up with an “in Jesus’ name”, and hope for the best. Prayer becomes something to plow through, to get done, so that I can move onto the next thing on my list. Worse, in this mode, the agenda for prayer is my own and the center of prayer is my-self. Most likely my false self because a lot of what I put on the list is things that will sustain me, with or without God. There is certainly a time for asking, but if that is all you bring to the table in prayer, then your view of God is flawed. And that flawed view will affect everything, including expectations, identity, and relationships. Prayer is supposed to be about communion with the One who created us and is the Author of our faith. It is God who gives the works of service we are created to do. It is our discipline to practice being in his presence. Not our will, but his. Being still and being centered in him. A very hard thing for the busy Christian leader. Yet even knowing this we struggle. Even as we follow the command to be still, we still our bodies...

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