Wednesday, July 31, 2013

character not credentials -- leadership pt.4

"A leader is always, always a person who has clear-cut objectives.  Your objectives determine your outcomes. You achieve that for which you aim. If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there. And if you ever lose sight of your objectives, you're going to concentrate on motion, but it's motion without meaning. So you get busier and busier and busier and accomplish less and less, because you don't know what to do… [A leader] is not only a person who has clear-cut objectives; he's also a person who is a motivator...You've got something that needs to be done and you need to know exactly what that is, but you're never going to pull off that without a group of persons… Not only is [a leader] enamored of ideas, he's also, she's also, enamored of individuals, and that's why you are not simply a thinker, you are a doer."  (Howard Hendricks)

Influence as a leader comes from  clear-cut objectives (which are Scriptural)  + effective motivation (by the Holy Spirit).

"Leadership is a person… the kind of person you are determines the kind of leadership you give… God is into character, not credentials. So the first thing you want to work on in your own life and in the life of the people you are developing is their character. That's the one thing you never neglect."
(Howard Hendricks)

poor waldo

I don't know why, but I just find this really funny...

Monday, July 22, 2013

stooping to serve -- leadership pt.3

Continuing notes on Leadership with Howard Hendricks...

One thing I learned from my father was this saying: "Your word is your bond." If you ever read The Greatest Generation, you'll see this statement. That was the mark of their generation. They tell you they're going? They're going. The biggest embarrassment during World War II is that you never went overseas.

Recruit people to a cause, not an organization. People are looking for a cause that is bigger than they are. That's what I want to invest my life in – worth giving your life for, worth the cost. And I'm so embarrassed when people say, "You make such sacrifices." I don't know that I've made any basic sacrifices. Whatever I gave up was peanuts compared with what God has given me. Man, I cannot believe that He would ever choose me to be one of His representatives. I hope you never get over that. It's the most exciting thing in the world that God appointed me to do what he gave me to do, and gives to me.

We all believe that there are only two things God's going to take off the planet. One is His Word; the other is people. What a secret. What a clue to how to invest your life. Spend your life building His Word in the life of people. They're the only things that are going to outlast you. They are the things that are going to give you a legacy that will last.

Three characteristics of servant leadership (Christian leadership):

--Submission to authority

--Attitude of love


I'm not constantly asking, "What am I getting out of it?" but, "How well am I serving those God has called me to serve?"… I'm always asking that basic question. Is this a manifestation of my love for Christ, therefore my love for you, my student, my parishioner, my friend, whoever it happens to be?

Of course, it's always sensitive leadership – so sensitive to the Father that I am constantly in touch with the characteristics that He alone can reproduce in my life, so that it delivers me from myself, so I'm free to flow into the life of others.

Jesus proceeds to wash the disciples' feet. Why? Well, it was the normal task of a slave to do that, but there's no slave present, and none of the disciples is willing to bend and stoop to become a slave and wash the disciples' feet. So the King stoops to serve.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

more from prof on leadership

Here are a few more quotes from Prof Hendricks on leadership...

"Your career is what you're paid to do. Your calling is what you're made to do."

"The question of your competence is not, 'Where are you?' but, 'In what direction are you moving?'"

"People do not want to be managed, they want to be led. They do not need controlling people, they need developing people. That's a different breed of cat."

"The Bible mentions approximately 1,000 leaders. Only 100 of them do you have enough data in order to get the full picture. But this is what I want you to remember – you ready for this? – of the 100 leaders about whom we have sufficient data, only one third of them finished well.  And most of them failed in the last half of their life. It is a very profound study."

"That's the story of the Old and New Testament. God takes people with incredible weaknesses, and by His grace, He uses them. But He can use them even more, if they ever allow Him to get control of their weaknesses."

Quote from Tom Landry: "I have a job to do that is not very complicated, but it's often difficult. My task is to get a group of men to do what they don't want to do, so that they can achieve the one thing they have wanted all of their lives."

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

the secret of concentration

I'm taking an online course with DTS on leadership, taught by Howard Hendricks, who has since gone to be with the Lord.  Excellent, and great quotes.  Here's one...

The secret of concentration is elimination.
Do you have a "to don't" list? That's more important than your "to do" list. I don't allow anything to come in to something that I feel God has called me to do. So the secret is what you say no to. 
I had a wonderful conversation with a guy I love like my son. He's developing, but he's got a lot of hangovers that he knows and I'm trying to help him with. And one day he said to me, "Prof, I can't believe what you do. How in the world do you do everything you do?" 
I said, "You want to know?" 
"How straight?" 
"Come on. Tell me." 
"By not doing what you do." 
So this guy's telling me about all the movies he saw, television programs, football games he attended. Wonderful things. I don't do most of that, not because I don't enjoy it, but because it keeps me from accomplishing what God has called me to do. And in order to do what you want to do in ministry, you're going to have to say no to all kinds of stuff that you enjoy doing. It'll be a test of your true commitment, your leadership.