We’ve all met people who seemed cold and forbidding. And we’ve all met people who treat us like old friends from day one.
This isn’t an issue with just high-profile people.
How approachable are the most important people in your life?
When you need to ask your boss a question, is it easy or difficult?
When you need to talk to your spouse about a difficult subject, do you expect a dialogue or a fight?
ACTUAL PURPOSE: An Organization’s undisclosed but primary goal.
For that matter, what about you?
Can the people closest to you talk to you about nearly anything?
When was the last time someone brought you bad news?
Or strongly disagreed with your point of view on an issue?
Or confronted you concerning something you did wrong?
If it has been a while, you may not be a very approachable person.
ARTICULATED PURPOSE: The primary Advantage sought by a Team or Organization.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test.
“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
E. E. cummings
“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”
“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”
Leaders Leading Leaders
READ THE NEED, THEN LEAD
Leaders need to respond to individuals based on their needs rather than their faults.
The Lord encourages us to see what others need—even our enemies—and respond accordingly.
ACCELERATE: To increase the pace of Movement.
Good leaders do this well. They don’t lead out of a predetermined package of behaviors. Like a quarterback who reads the defense, then calls an audible from the line of scrimmage, good leaders remain flexible and may change their response, based not on what a person deserves, but on what they need to succeed. Good leaders follow this path in difficult situations:
• They need—They aren’t afraid to listen and get understanding.
• They read—They evaluate what has happened and what steps are best to take.
• They feed—They communicate what they’ve observed to key players.
• They heed—They act on the basis of their discovery, even if it means change.
• They lead—They provide direction to those involved.
BELIEF SYSTEM: The conviction that there is a supernatural governing force outside of oneself that provides an ordered explanation for our existence and delivers consequences for the violation of that order.