Topic: Five Keys toward Christ like Leadership
Date: August 20th to 22nd 2008
Time: 8:30-9:25 AM
Location: Tanner Bldg Rm 151
Lecturer: Eric G. Stephan
Pull up www.amazon.com Search under books. First type in the word “Leadership” you’ll get roughly 290,529 Results. Second, type in the word “Management” and you’ll get roughly 817,706 results. Folks, according to this quick search there are over a MILLION books about leadership and management, 1,108,235 to be precise. I have found that the five keys of leadership you’ll be learning this week from the master teacher’s life is more simple and powerful than all the millions of books on leadership and management you’ll ever read. Your intelligence will increase as you use the keys and apply the principles. You’ll know that the keys are true because the “fruit” will taste good.
FIVE KEYS of Christ-Like Leadership
a. Great leaders try to replace the master/servant and superior/subordinate relationship with a more trusting, friend-to-friend association. Treat others as equals. It doesn’t matter that we have a title. It’s easier to lead a friend instead of an enemy. Remember the wonderful example of Elder Ashton visiting prison inmates and giving them all hugs.
b. Why do people act differently when they get a “title” and THEN start trying to lead? Christ would have us learn and act like a leader all along, making these principles a part of us so they come naturally.
c. Many associate the concept of leadership with people who boss, command, guide, blaze trails, wheel, deal, and seize the reins.
d. Compare and contrast the meaning of friend and the poplar meaning of leader. Friends have long and abiding mature love for one another. They sacrifice for one another; they do for one another what each would do for the other. One is not superior nor the other subordinate; one is not the leader while the other follows; they are true and authentic brothers and sisters, equal in each other’s sight. Friends are generous and hospitable with one another. They are devoted and genial, happy to be in the presence of each other. They are willing to place the needs of the other ahead of their own.
e. Quote: Joseph Smith stated that friendship is one of the “grand fundamental principles of Mormonism.” He said further, “Friendship is like Brother Turley in his blacksmith ship welding iron to iron; it unites the human family with its happy influence” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 316).
f. There is no doubt the apostles learned that to be Christ like, the line between master and servant must be obliterated. All must be served-the leper, the orphan, the widow, the elderly, the poor, and the misguided.
g. People are always wondering, “where’s the line? If I get “to close to them” they’ll trample all over me, or take advantage of me. Managers, supervisors, bosses, usually think this all the time. Remember that the power to influence is great when true friendship exists. True friends help solve problems. Friends don’t do ALL the work for the other, but rather empower each other to overcome internal/external challenges.
a. Quote: A good Leader expects much, inspires greatly, and sets on fire those he is called to lead. Now, a leader must cause things to happen and lives to be affected. Something should move and change.” (Ensign, Nov. 1980, 34)
b. A great leader is never dull, never negative. A leader customizes the approach & info to the person/audience. One of the most common expressions of the Savior is “be of Good Cheer”. Cheer people up! Lift another! Tell people…”It’s going to be okay.” When people look at you, or remember you, do they cheer up? Are their spirits bolstered because of your influence?
i. Three B-Attitudes
1. Be Committed
a. Chris led with strong commitment to the task at hand.
2. Be Compassionate
a. Christ had a great compassion for the people he led.
3. Be Encouraging
a. Christ had a consistently encouraging attitude.
a. This may come as a shock to you, but Forget Delegating. What I mean by this is extending an invitation to a person instead of commanding them, shouting out orders all the time like a mini-Hitler.
b. Ask people: are you willing, are you able, could you, etc…
c. When delegate through command instead of invitation the person you’re asking may feel like you’re giving him/her a little “power” to do the task, and once they’re done you’ll strip them of their “power” and they’ll be left subservient to your command again. This should not be the case. Christ would have all of us be exactly as He is, having the same everlasting power and influence.
i. Have a goal/vision
ii. Constant Instruction
iii. Focus on Results
a. Explain ways to achieve goals.
1. Give them the WHOLE picture.
2. Explain the Need.
3. Share the Decision-everyone can do something better than everyone else.
a. How can you utilize that person’s expertise? Avoid implying, or tell people it’s my way or the highway.
b. Ask people for their ideas. Get their feedback. Your workers, students, know the challenges and know the solutions many times.
c. Great managers and leaders are friends to them and they inquire! Ask others how things are going and let them tell their story/ideas etc… A good friend of mine is paid hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to do just this, walk around and inquire of people’s ideas and feedback. He’s on the constant lookout for improvement ideas and applies them.
d. Ask your workers if they would be willing to return and report and tell you what’s wrong with the business, or organization, product, etc… You can apply this same principle in your family, friendships, etc…
4. Trigger point. Ask “How’s that coming” for a checkup as the person you’re working with as they work toward completing the task at hand.
5. Always Follow Up in Terms of their achievement and celebrate successes.
a. Applaud people. Make a fuss over it. Don’t just praise them but make a BIG deal out it
a. How did the Savior renew himself?
b. In the church there are three standards we will be judged by:
i. Words of Prophets when speaking as a Prophet
ii. We are bound by the standard set in the Standard Works
iii. Doctrinal Expositions-Proclamations, letters that come to us signed by the Prophet, Presidency, and Twelve Apostles.
c. Quote: First Presidency Letter Feb 11, 1999
i. I have a child who answers the phone on FHE night and he answers like this: “Hello, we’re holding FHE, why aren’t you?”
1. Keep the Lord’s Laws of Health
2. Use Your Faith
3. Use Prayer & Inspiration
4. Enjoy one thing at a time
d. Recall the account of Jesus on the sea of Galilee. What was he doing after the apostles were panicking about the storms on the sea? Jesus was relaxing, sleeping at the help of the ship. When Jesus arose he calmed the waves…said, oh ye of little faith.
1. First lesson: Don’t panic.
2. Second lesson: learn how to relax into everything; waking up in the morning, going to church, arrive early to all meeting and appointments, you’ll be less stressed and have your wits about you.
e. Carry a little notebook-write down your ideas, inspiration. This could be your own personal revelation booklet. Don’t leave home without it. The Lord will give you more and more inspiration as you USE it as it comes to you.