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Monday, October 10, 2011

4 Dimensions of Leadership

Last week I shared this with our leaders at CCA and I wanted to pass it along to you.  Even if you don't lead a team, these 4 dimensions are things we all can apply in our everyday, influential lives.  Even if the only people you influence are your kids at home, this is for you!

I listened to a teaching last week that as soon as I heard it I knew I wanted to share it with you.  It was on the Four Dimensions of Leadership.   Most likely you and I are strong in one of these areas but to be the best leader we can be we will need to be effective in all.

The first one is Self Leadership- This starts and ends with you.  Self leadership means you take ownership and responsibility for your growth as a leader.  I am well aware that most of us are strapped for time each day, and investing hours to deepen our leadership learning just is not possible. So here is one book I try to read every day that gives me a short lesson on leadership allowing me to easily glean and grow, The Maxwell Daily Reader, 365 Days of Insight to Develop the Leader Within You and Influence Those Around You.  It takes me about 3 minutes to read each day's lesson.

Second is Managerial Leadership-  This kind of leadership is managing everything that is getting done.  This is one we are all probably good at and let me assure you managing is vital because if we are not overseeing and inspecting the job of our teams things can easily begin to unravel.  We need to consistently take a step back, review our processes, inspect the work being completed, and allow God to use us to see any tweaks that need to be done.

Thirdly, Visionary leadership- If this is your strength you naturally give hope and a picture of the future.  The visionary leader always gives the why behind the what when they lead their teams.  

Example:  Visionary leaders don’t just tell their people not to park in the grassy area by the cafeteria, they also explain to their teams why we no longer park in that area.  Here’s the why: Although it is convenient for us to park there, we are growing and we need that space for overflow for our guests and for our people who can’t walk the long distance from the parking lot each week. 

When your team understands the big picture they are more than happy to comply to requests being made and it makes them feel valued when you share details instead of just instructions. 

And our last one is Spiritual leadership-  We need to be praying and investing in how our teams are growing spiritually in their relationship with Christ.  You, as your team’s leader, are a spiritual influence to them.  A couple ways to care for your team is by sharing encouraging words and verses through email or on the days you lead and let them know you pray for them and if they need anything you are there to serve them in any way possible, not just on the days they serve the church.  This is called pastoring your people.  They will love you and appreciate you more when they know you are not just concerned about what they do, but who they are becoming.

So to recap, Self Leadership is modeling, Managerial Leadership is giving direction, Visionary Leadership is giving hope and big pictures, and Spiritual Leadership is giving care.  

And when we lead in these four dimensions we are well on our way to becoming the great leader God’s called us to be.