Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Well 2014 - Lead me to drink.

I went on another retreat the other weekend.  I guess I didn't learn with my first one?

This one was for young adults specifically, so I wasn't helping with any leadership.

Generally - it was an enjoyable experience.  We learned about the importance of being a good leader or being a good follower of someone who is a good leader.  I don't think the latter is a cop out - "I'm just a follower."  In a way, it is much harder to be able to discern who is a good leader in your community, who is worth following, who is worth buying in with and buying in to their ideas.  Figuring out who you will lead you, your church and the mission is very difficult.

Everyone is a leader though.  We all have our circle of influence.  What we manage, who we affect, what we can change.

A few verses that stuck out to me this weekend were:

James 1:5-8
If you don't know what you're doing pray to the Father.  He loves to help.  You'll get his help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it.  Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought.  

and:

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong. Take courage.  Don't be intimidated.  Don't give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you.  He's right there with you.  He won't let you down; he won't leave you.
And the following list of words were shared:


Twenty-one words of a leader

1. character - adversity reveals it
2. charisma - add value to other lives
3. commitment - what am I living to die for? (being "all out")
4. communication - complicated things made simple
5. competence - able to go the extra mile
6. courage - stand when needed
7. discernment - relies on intuition and rational thought
8. focus - chase two rabbits and they both will escape
9. generosity - put people first
10. initiative - take more risks
11. listening - connecting & learning
12. passion - desire determines destiny
13. positive attitude - it's a choice
14. problem solving - handle one thing at a time
15. relationships - handle people well
16. responsibility - get the job done no matter what
17. security - insecure leaders take more than they give
18. self discipline - the first person you lead is yourself
19. servanthood - love people more than your position
20. teachability - study more than you talk (listen 10x more than you talk)
21. vision - attractive, magnetic, uniting.  

We were asked to think about the attributes we for sure we know that we have, and the ones that we are lacking.  And even if you are not a Christian or religious in any way - it is interesting to see these words and to compare them to the people you are allowing to lead you, to whatever degree, and to think about whether you honestly have these qualities.  (And honesty and humility are not on this list - and I would add them!).  

Security - insecure leaders take more than they give stands out to me personally in my life at the moment.  

Do you have all of these attributes or working towards one in particular?  Do they people surround you have complementary attributes?  Does your spouse or partner have the attributes you are missing?

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