Leadership Maxims

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

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About Chris Gensheer

Husband and father of four, living in Mansfield, TX, serving as Lead Pastor of Christ Church Mansfield. Connect with us at www.christchurchmansfield.com I also provide research and social media consulting work for other pastors, churches, and ministry leaders. Contact me at gensheer@mac.com for more.

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