Leaders lead by example. They
· don’t ask others to do what they are not already doing;
· set the pace of expectation and performance; and
· set the standard by which the group’s success is achieved.
Leaders lead by honesty. They
· determine for themselves they will tell the truth;
· understand that secrets are often embedded in the life of the group; and
· recognize that dishonesty is a habit that eventually overshadows the clarity of truth and becomes a threat of disease to the health of the group.
Leaders lead by trust. They
· cannot lead in a group where trust is not shared as an extension of healthy relationships with one another;
· must accept the trust offered them knowing it is an extension of our trust with God; and
· must extend trust to those with whom they work as an extension of their desire for the group to experience healthy vitality.
Leaders lead by outward example. They
· recognize it’s what they do and not what they say that really matters in the end;
· act on the basis of their deepest convictions; and
· act sacrificially for the overall health of the group.
Leaders lead by integrity. They
· recognize that without integrity their efforts are neutralized or wasted;
· offer themselves as faithful models that can be followed by others who are seeking the path for themselves; and
· understand that secrets diminish the group’s health.
Leaders lead by inward self-understanding. They
· differentiate the outward image presented through their actions from the inward essence of their true self;
· see themselves honestly, recognizing that health of self emanates from within; and
· accept their dark selves and seek to resolve those conflicts in healthy ways.
Leaders lead by ethical moral authority. They
· do not demand perfection of themselves or others but recognize imperfection as a sign of our mutual humanity;
· recognize the source of their power resides in their ability to live ethically according to the way of Christ; and
· seek to resolve their errors with others and with God.
Leaders lead by living against the grain of lesser ways of being. They
· are willing to choose the harder path if that’s the necessary path that leads to success;
· refuse to take shortcuts that threaten the group’s health or success; and
· ask others to follow them.
Leaders lead by humility. They
· recognize the truth, “but by the grace of God go I;”
· know others have paved the way before them and made their success possible; and
· seek to elevate others to achieve success.
Leaders lead by owning their power. They
· know they have power to lead;
· accept that power and vow to wield it with wisdom and kindness; and
· seek to serve through their power and recognize their power is a sacred trust.
Leaders lead by seeing what others cannot see. They
· are visionary and give thoughtful anticipation to the future;
· lead by looking, thinking, dreaming, planning, building consensus, sharing, and working; and
· dream about how the future could be and don’t stay mired in the puny limitations of what is.
Leaders lead by courage. They
· accept that their role of leadership will be challenged;
· step forward into the heart of the group’s need; and
· accept responsibility and don’t dump it upon others.
Leaders lead by submitting to the paradox of following. They
· know there is a larger wisdom at work in their efforts by allowing God room to work;
· know they cannot do everything alone and allow faith to guide and direct others who share the vision; and
· are willing to be clay in the potter’s hand.
Leaders lead by understanding that the smallest things are essential to the largest things. They
· recognize the wisdom of the Hebrew saying that, “it’s the little foxes that spoil the vineyard.”
· know that it’s the little details that determine success or failure; and
· are willing to give attention to the small details “as unto the Lord” understanding that everything they do is a reflection of their relationship to God.