Transparency in leadership is often challenging.
Transparency means we take instruction and make application to ourselves first, without an emphasis upon others.
Transparency instills confidence in others that our efforts, both personally and professionally, are always for the good of the whole.
Transparency involves the type of openness in our communication that lays everything on the table, good or bad.
We need greater transparency in leadership. This is the example we find in Jesus, and it is exactly how we should approach our leadership in the church and world today. Think Souls.
Understanding teamwork and training as a team are significant to the overall success of the group. However, there are some “do’s and don’ts” to the process.
Training and working as a team does not place everyone in an equal position. There are specific roles each member must fulfill for the unit to function properly.
Training and working as a team does place everyone on the same page. When goals are communicated and understood, everyone understands their specific tasks to reach the goals.
Training as a team has great advantages in the teams overall health and growth. When we work together, the team wins.
While some leadership styles involve force and manipulation, spiritual leadership thrives on participation. Spiritual leaders rely on the group overall and working together to achieve the goal(s).
Decisions and policies are made by and for the group.
Motivation is based on shared purpose and adequate communication.
Shared representation is built on “we” not “I.”
Participation in the role of leadership involves patience, allowance of independence, assumption of responsibility, and the need of cooperation.
We strive to reach a common goal and need each other if we are to make a difference. Think Souls.
One of the key principles of leadership involves communication.
When leaders do not keep others informed, suspicion grows, distrust blossoms, doubt develops, and anxiety raises its ugly head.
Spiritually speaking, there is a great need for Christians to be informed by leadership.
What kind of information needs to be provided?
Information about plans for the future, changes to be made, challenges or hindrances facing the plans, and existing needs.
When leaders communicate, trustworthy and loyal relationships develop. It is time for God’s leaders to lead.
People want to be heard, but who will listen? It is frustrating. We mentioned several reasons yesterday why we need to listen, but what improves our listening ability?
Remove distractions. It is hard to listen when focused on another project.
Find a quiet place. Time in a quiet place makes listening easier and beneficial.
Devote time to listen. Set aside a specific time to listen.
Stop thinking of a response. This is difficult. It is easier to think about what to say next.
These are a few suggestions. However, if applied, our ability to listen increases and communication improves.
One of the most challenging, yet key elements in communication is the ability to listen.
There are several reasons leaders must learn the art of listening.
Learning to listen connects us to people on greater levels.
Learning to listen gains a better understanding of their needs.
Learning to listen develops stronger concentration.
Learning to listen shows we care.
The message is not always conveyed through words. Tone of voice and body language play a significant role in the message communicated. We must listen with our ears, eyes, and heart.
As challenging as it is, learning to listen changes the nature of our leadership.
One word, but not just any word, especially when it comes to leadership.
What is the objective?
Is the objective clearly defined?
Has the objective been communicated to everyone on the team?
Leaders carry the responsibility to clearly define the role and responsibilities of each individual involved in achieving the objective. They must understand their role and responsibility in order to make decisions connected to the objective.
Without clear communication of responsibilities and expectations, suspicion is created. Motives are called into question. The result is distrust.
It may be one word, but the objective touches the whole of the work.
The world’s population is beyond comprehension.
Think about the plethora of languages.
Think about our inability to communicate adequately.
Think about how all of these people can come to know Christ.
Think about their soul!
Think about what can and needs to be done.
We need to give thanks for the dedication and willingness of mission minded brethren who have and continue to labor in uncomfortable places. We need to work with them and build upon their efforts in ways to reach more people. Think Souls!
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How many times do we expect others to know what is on our mind? Somehow, we assume others naturally know what we are thinking, as if they are a mind reader.
Leaders can make this mistake, if they are not careful.
People do not know what we are thinking unless we tell them.
Consider vision: Vision must be effectively communicated. People follow leaders who know where they are going and how to communicate that direction.
Expecting others to know what we think does not work. Communicate, and others will follow.
Languages are not a strong suite for most of us. Imagine the difficulty of communicating within the multiplicity of languages around the world.
However, the key to communicating effectively involves understanding.
The ability to communicate so others understand is vital to our leadership.
Goals must be communicated in ways everyone understands.
Plans should be communicated effectively.
Roles and responsibilities must also be understood.
Above all, leading others to Christ demands communicating the message of the cross in ways they can understand.