3 Traits of a Healthy Leader - Part 3

This week we’ll be finishing our 3-part series on 3 Traits of a Healthy Leader by examining the trait of humility. 

(Here's part 1. Click here for part 2.)

Would you call yourself a humble leader? That’s tricky, right? As soon as you acknowledge that you're humble, you no longer are. I get it.

Even so, humility is very important in the life of a healthy leader. Here’s why: 

1. Humility in leadership shifts the perspective from “I” to “we.” Humble leaders are better able to focus on the big picture and their team, instead of focusing mainly on themselves and their role within the organization. A team with a humble leader believes that they are important and valued, not simply “worker bees.”

2. Exemplifying humility in your leadership shows your team that you understand Who it is that makes all things possible: God. A healthy team can do their very best knowing that it is not they who control all of the outcomes, but God.  

3. Humble leaders place themselves in a position to learn from their mistakes. Absolutely everyone makes mistakes. A humble leader uses their mistakes as opportunities to learn. A proud leader acts as if they are incapable of making a mistake, or even worse, blames someone else for their mistakes. 

Maybe you’re asking yourself, “Won’t humility make me seem weak?” Not at all. You’re not trading in your confidence or expertise in order to gain humility. Being a humble leader simply means that you understand what your strengths and weaknesses are and are willing to own them.

It also means that you are willing to admit when you are wrong. When someone sincerely apologizes for a mistake, you don’t view them as weak, do you? No, most likely they gain esteem in your eyes for being honest and humble. That works in leadership, too.

The bottom line: While it might feel like a weakness, humility actually builds strength into the heart of healthy leadership.

Ask yourself these questions:

1. Am I willing to admit my strengths and weaknesses? Do I know the strengths and weaknesses of my team? For further insight on this, check out StrengthsFinder. When you know your areas of weakness, you can allow others strengths to shine! When everyone on the team is playing toward their strengths, everyone wins!

2. Are you teachable? A leader who is humble understands that they simply do not know everything about everything. There's always room for more growth and knowledge. A humble leader knows that are times when you won’t know the right answer. Are you willing to seek out help when those times come?

3. Do you share credit where credit is due? Are you the one most often basking in the limelight of success or do you make sure others receive attention, too? When you make sure team members receive credit for their successes and contributions, you bolster their confidence and loyalty!

Who would you consider to be a humble leader? 

3 Traits of a Healthy Leader - Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, we began a 3-part series called 3 Traits of a Healthy Leader, in which we began examining 3 key traits that should be present in the life of a healthy, thriving leader. If you missed the first post of the series, click here.

This week we’re taking a look at the 2ndtrait in the series: Humor

“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people,

 of getting things done.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

You might be wondering what humor has to do with healthy leadership. The answer is, PLENTY!

Healthy leaders must have a sense of humor. Here’s why:

·     Humor can create team unity and community by creating fun memories. Shared experiences create feelings of comfort and happiness within the team dynamic. Being able to laugh together, as simple as it may seem, goes a long way toward building community.

·     Humor is energizing and mood lifting. You just plain feel better after a good laugh! Team members who feel energized and happy typically get more done and are likely to stay employed with you for a longer time. As a bonus, they are also more pleasant to work with!

·     Humor is healthy! Laughter has the ability to lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, and reduce stress. Who doesn’t need that?! A healthy team will have fewer sick days and a happier morale. Win!

Of course, not every situation lends itself to humor. You do need to be careful. A healthy leader is also discerning about when and how to use humor in the workplace. Crude or inappropriate humor has no place in your leadership. Humor should edify and enlighten, not degrade or shame.

The bottom line: A healthy leader knows how to have a good sense of humor.

Ask yourself these questions:

1. Does my leadership have a lightheartedness to it? Would you characterize your leadership style as one that can afford to bring joy into situations? A healthy leader knows that they can afford to lighten up from time to time because they know that it is ultimately God who is in control of their ministry, not them.

2. Do I take myself (and others) a little too seriously?  Do you frown more than smile? How often do you share your mistakes with your team? If you take yourself too seriously, you become hard to relate to and that can become a serious problem. Your team wants to be able to relate to you in the lighthearted as well as the serious.

3. How often does my team laugh together? If I were to spend a day in your ministry, how often would I hear laughter? Laughter is often a sign of health in an organization. 

What are you doing to foster a spirit of lightheartedness and humor in your ministry?

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4 Ways To Lead Through Easter

In churches all over the country, we are preparing for Easter, and it seems the spiritual temperature is turned up. Our collective faith and hope increase. Good things seem to happen and we experience, what we like to call, “momentum” in our churches.

In spite of this momentum, we as leaders tend to become defeated, miss opportunities and are left weary after Easter. Here are 4 ways to lead well through Easter.

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5 Potential Problems With Your Organization's Vision

5 Potential Problems With Your Organization's Vision

When it comes to the conversation about vision, there is no shortage of content on the matter; especially within the Church. If I were asked to define vision, I would say that vision is not a plan we dreamed up. It’s not a dream we have planned out. It’s a dream we are planning for!

There are many oppositions to the visions of our church. We need to be actively removing the barriers to vision achievement that are within our control. Here are 5 problems you may be having with your church’s vision.

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4 Ways Alpha Will Affect The Culture of Your Church

4 Ways Alpha Will Affect The Culture of Your Church

I spent last week with Nicky Gumbel, the staff of Holy Trinity Brompton and the Alpha USA team. It was a timely visit as we launch the Alpha Course at Mission Church for the very first time next week. I don’t believe I have ever recommended something without first experiencing it for myself within my own church. But my week in London was literally called “Experience Alpha,” and I did just that. 

I want to share 4 ways I believe Alpha will affect the culture of my church, and in doing so, I trust you will be encouraged to experience Alpha in your own church.

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