Being in the ‘Winter’ of my leadership, I have come to many conclusions regarding the theory and exercise of leadership. These conclusions have been reached through study, mentoring, exercise, and observation. You may not agree with some of my conclusions. I do not presume to know all there is to know on the subject. I am compelled to humbly pass on to others what I have learned on my journey in the hope some of it will benefit you the reader.
I encourage you to submit comments accordingly but ask that they be given respectfully and thoughtfully. I will attempt to make frequent postings on the subject of leadership. I will be doing so from a Christian perspective. Each weekly contribution will be posted in several locations…LinkedIn, Facebook, HOAW Blog (www.heartofawarrior.typepad.com), and HOAW Website (www.heartofawarrior.org).
Leadership & Formation #1
We are all leaders by default. You may not see yourself as a leader. You may be a reluctant leader. You may be a person who has learned to be a leader. Or you may be a natural leader. There are times when you are a follower and other times a leader. But make no mistake about it everyone leads at some time whether on the job or in the home, completing a project or volunteering one’s time. Anytime you make or implement a decision that impacts others beside yourself you are leading. On any given day you can find examples of good leadership or bad leadership.
One scholar has noted leadership is the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth. Attempts to define a leader or leadership represent multiple perspectives...
“There are only three kinds of people in the world - those that are immovable, those that are moveable, and those that move them.”
“Leadership is a relationship in which one person seeks to influence the behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, or values of another. In the context of organizational management, leadership is a relationship of influence with the twin objectives of accomplishing a task and developing the people.”
“Leadership is the ability and the activity of influencing people and of shaping their behavior.”
“A leader is someone you will follow to a place you wouldn’t go by yourself.”
“A leader is a person who influences people to accomplish a purpose.”
In the course of my doctoral work I reviewed over 300 definitions of a leader and leadership. One common theme repeated itself in many of the definitions I reviewed – that theme was ‘influence.’ In the New Testament, we are called to ‘influence’ others for kingdom purposes. That being the case, we are all leaders by default.
The question then is…“How well do you lead when given an opportunity to do so?” “What and/or who informs how you lead?” “What stands in a privileged position of authority over your leadership?” “What conditions and shapes the exercise of your leadership?”
To be continued…
We have recently added a new ministry to Heart of a Warrior...
Heart of a Warrior – Phase III: The Guide will explain the importance of mentoring, introduce you to successful mentoring concepts, give you guidelines on effective mentoring, help you select an appropriate mentor, and provide you with advice on mentoring others within your sphere of influence. At certain times in our lives we need intensive mentoring to construct solid foundations.
At other times we need occasional mentors to address struggles we face; crises we encounter, or help we need to overcome barriers. In some cases we need to know where to go to facilitate our development; what resources we need to make improvements; where we can turn to get the help we need to lead to spiritual maturity.
Research has indicated that people who finished well have had anywhere from 10 to 15 mentors in their lives. Phase III will help determine your mentoring needs. It will also help you become an effective mentor of others—to pass on to others what you have learned (2 Timothy 2:2).
There are only four legacies one can live and leave: no legacy whatsoever, a perishable legacy, a bad legacy, or a godly legacy. Living and leaving a godly legacy will help us finish well. Some people drift through life, gliding from one experience to the next, causing no major fuss and living undistinguished lives. Their legacy is leaving no legacy at all. Others leave a perishable legacy the memory of which fades with time. Monuments may still be standing but few people know why? Still others leave a bad legacy having given in to their dark side often supported by people who condone their behavior. What distinguishes such a person is their badness. Then we have people who leave a godly legacy in the lives of others, the gift that keeps giving growing more meaningful as time passes.
Mentoring is a relational process in which a mentor, who knows or has experienced something, transfers that something (resources for wisdom, information, experience, confidence, insight, relationships, status, etc.) to a mentoree, at an appropriate time and manner, so that it facilitates development or empowerment. More succinctly, mentoring is a relational experience through which one person empowers another by sharing God-given resources.
The Phase III journey will establish the importance of being mentored and mentoring others. No one effectively navigates life without assistance and support from others more mature and seasoned. Mentors help people learn the basics of walking with Christ (disciplers), help people learn how to mature in depth in their Christian life (spirituality mentors), help people learn to do things (coaches), help people by giving wise advice to help them through situations (counselors), and help people learn necessary ideas and get perspectives (teachers).
The mentoring experience can impart new…
- Connections, and
So that unrealized potential is tapped, destructive practices are eliminated, God’s ordained destiny is realized, and one’s legacy is established.
Areas that may require mentoring could include…
- Life stage issues,
- Knowledge on specific subjects or topics,
- Life or work experiences,
- New competencies and skills,
- Important values and lessons,
- Personal evaluation and assessment,
- Network introductions,
- New methods, practices, or strategies,
- Wisdom and discernment,
- Life and ministry experience,
- Timely advice,
- Key principles or insights,
- Organization influence
- Sponsorship, and
- Access to resources.
These participant will benefit as follows …
- Introduction to the importance of mentoring and being mentored.
- Description of intensive, occasional, and passive mentoring.
- Explanation of the nine different types of mentors.
- Learn the significance of the mentoring continuum.
- Develop a mentoring constellation.
- Understand the ten commandments of mentoring.
- Explore mentoring resources.
- Discover how to find a mentor.
- Study how to be a mentor.
- Create a mentoring contract.
- Implement mentoring steps.