Posted by: everynation | November 11, 2009

Leadership is Not Rocket Science

wsmleaderscircle.jpgby Steve Murrell

My friend, Paul Barker is in Manila for a couple of weeks working with our pastors and key admin leaders.

Yesterday Paul led a seminar he calls “The 5 Foundations of Productive Teams.” That’s a faith-man’s version of Patrick Lencioni’s “The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team.”

I think I like the faith version better than the dysfunctional version, because if we talk about all of our team dysfunctions, it is impossible to put them in only 5 categories.

Paul sited a Gallup poll of 10,000 followers about the kind of leader they want to follow. Here are the results, people want to follow leaders who…

1. Build Trust – it is easy to follow people we trust, difficult to follow those we don’t trust

2. Show Compassion – after all, we are leading PEOPLE, not just organizations and departments

3. Provide Stability – random, unplanned and poorly communicated change makes organizations unstable

4. Create Hope – no matter how difficult current reality is, hope enables us to stay in the game

Leadership is not rocket science. If a leader simply does these 4 things, plenty of people will follow.

What do you think?

Steve Murrell is a missionary, pastor, and the author of “The Reluctant Leader” and “The Accidental Missionary.”

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