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Recently, http://thehighcalling.org/video had the opportunity to speak about leadership and inspiration with broadcaster, motivational speaker, and author, Sonny Melendrez. Click "Show More" to see the transcript.
TRANSCRIPT: Somebody asked Walt Disney once what it was that he was most proud of. And, he said what it was that he did was to find people who were capable and extremely talented and then to point them toward a goal and to get out of their way. I think that's what a great leader does. A great leader is literally someone who finds, sometimes, diamonds in the rough, gets people, marshals them together and makes them the best that they can be--gives them a goal and then becomes their cheerleader.
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Recently, http://www.thehighcalling.org/video spoke with Matt Barnes, Executive Director of Families Empowered, about what defines a good leader.
TRANSCRIPT: I think I would define a good leader primarily as someone who first balances their family and prioritizes their family. I can give you background on that, but I have been around a lot of leaders who do great things in their professional life and have a wreck at their home life.
So, for me, a leader is first defined as someone who has a home that is stable and consistent, a family that loves them, that he or she loves their family . . . that's kind of the prism that I look through leadership on.
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Recently, http://www.thehighcalling.org/video spoke with Kimberly Renner, Owner of the Renner Project, about leading and facilitating individuals with their talent as a team to produce great things. Click "Show more" to see the transcript.
As much as the house is an assembly of sticks and stones and concrete and asphalt, it's really an assembly of people. We all bring different skills to the jobsite, and part of my job as the leader is to help the people that I work with identify where their strengths are and facilitate their best work.
I'm not a plumber. I'm not a roofer. I'm a lousy bookkeeper, but I can help those individuals who are really talented in those areas do their best job, so that as a team we come together and can produce something that's really better than any one of us could have done on our own.
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Recently, http://www.thehighcalling.org/video spoke with retired CEO of Rayco, Jack Willome, about what makes a good leader.
TRANSCRIPTION: Well, first of all a good leader has to be someone who's willing to take responsibility for something. Some people don't want to take responsibility. In the human condition we avoid accountability, I think, and you can't be responsible if you won't be accountable.
Some people have a pretty good detector for accountability, and they just don't want to be responsible to have to get anything done or to give direction to other people. A leader has to be able to give direction to others and be clear about the direction, be able to communicate well.
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Tod Bolsinger spoke with the Foundations for Laity Renewal online community http://thehighcalling.org for a series of video interviews about faith and work and how leadership is equipping people to grow. Click "Show more" to see the transcript.
Tod Bolsinger: Leadership is equipping people to grow, so that they can face their problems. And what's really important about that is that if you don't have to grow, it's not leadership. It's management. And its important management. But leadership is when an organization or a culture or a people have to be transformed. And that starts with our own transformation. If we don't change, then nothing changes. But if we participate in something changing, then we change.
The person who says, "We need a stop sign in our community because kids are in danger of getting hit by a car," and brings four moms together to get a stop sign is a leader. Leadership begins when you gather people. Anyone who can wave a flag, or say there's a problem, or raise their hands and say who wants to join me, is a leader.
Leadership is a function, it's a skill. I believe that particularly as Christians we should be about trying to transform, help every Christian learn to function as an agent of transformation in every context. Abraham Kuyper said, "Every square inch."
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Recently, http://www.thehighcalling.org/video spoke with Scott Wesley, Program Instructor with the Faith/Work Connection, about his thoughts on what defines a good leader. Click "Show more" to see the transcript.
I think a good leader loves the people that he leads, unequivocally and completely loves the people that he leads. If you were to use Jesus as our model, He constantly showed love to the people that he was trying to teach.
I know that as far as being a teacher of the word, if you don't know your flock, if you don't care about the people that you're trying to teach, you're not going to be effective at teaching.
I think it's like that with leadership. If you care about the people that you are leading, if you're willing to stand in front of them when there's danger and stand behind them when there's glory, and work beside them when there's challenges, then you'll be effective in leadership.
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Recently, http://www.thehighcalling.org/video spoke with Doug, Barr, CEO, Goodwill in Southern California, about the qualities of a good leader in an organization. Click "Show more" to see the transcript.
The best leaders are the leaders who can blend the vision for the organization with the individual aspirations of his or her people, because then you're tapping into their deepest places. If you can give people a sense that their part of an enterprise that is making a difference, that is adding value to society, that is helping the community . . . whether it's an accountant that's totaling up numbers, whether it's somebody that collects donations, whether it's somebody that's writing press releases, whatever . . . but, they're all part of building a cathedral. Your life has a much bigger meaning and you see your part as part of a bigger, more important thing.
Seeing one's life in the context of something much more noble, much more beneficial to society that just doing widgets. And so that's one of the things I try and do with my staff on an ongoing basis.
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Recently, http://thehighcalling.org spoke with church leadership expert, Tod Bolsinger. In Christian circles, leadership often means church leadership exclusively. Tod Bolsinger thinks that needs to change. He says, "If we can function as the body of Christ, trying to help transformation happen, then we're all leaders."
Transcript: Most people think that pastors are leaders, but if you look at Ephesians, chapter 4, pastors are equippers of the saints. Pastors, teachers, evangelists . . . their job is to equip the saints, the whole body of Christ, so that the whole body gets stronger. Literally---the body language--- we're ligaments, we connect people. So, partly using Biblical metaphors we realize there's really no such thing in church language as clergy and laity.
Laos means people. There are the people of God who are called to be the agent of transformation under one leader, Jesus. Well, that means in every square inch where we have influence . . . every kitchen table, every school room, every classroom, every courtroom, everyplace where we are . . . if we can be functioning as the body of Christ, trying to help transformation happen, then we're all leaders.
It's just pervasive as the notion as a group of lower classed people who received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, who became the agent of world transformation in the Roman Empire.