During a week-long class on Pastoral Leadership taught by Harry Reeder, III of Briarwood Presbyterian Church down in Birmingham, AL, I was challenged and encouraged to begin to use maxims – short, memorable sayings – in order to communicate various principles of leadership.
Here is my running list (at least the start of my list). Do any of you out there have a few of your own you’d probably add? Leave me a comment:
1. Pack your big rocks first.
2. Character counts – then Content, Competency.
3. Never take counsel from your fears.
4. Be strong in grace, not for grace.
5. Leaders are not know-it-alls, but they are learners.
6. We are born imitators – find models & mentors.
7. Form follows function, then you fill what you form!
8. Push decision making down (as far as possible).
9. Trust the people & the processes.
10. Start out as a Team, not as Loyal Opposition.
11. Don’t expect a baby without the labor pains.
12. Convert your negative situations into positive experiences – step up & lead.
13. Don’t handle spiritual problems functionally or functional problems spiritually.
14. Good leadership learns from the past, contextualizes in the present, & effects change for the future.
15. Have a plurality of unified individuals around you (i.e.Team).
16. Most overnight successes were 20 years in the making