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Seven BE's Of Highly Effective Leaders

As a leader, if you are somewhat like me, you want to BE all you can be for Jesus by serving him well and leading people well. Here are seven things you can BE as a leader by a pastor and leader of leaders, Ron Edmondson.

Originally posted by Ron Edmondson

Seven BE’s Of Effective Leadership and Management

One of the chief goals of this blog is to encourage better leadership. In this post, I’m including the term management. I believe the two are different functions, but both are vital to a healthy organization. Whether you lead or manage a large or small organization — or church — there are principles for being effective.

Here are seven:

1.  Be aware 

Know your team. People are individuals. They have unique expectations and they require different things from leadership. Some require more attention and some less. Use personality profiles or just get to know them over time, but learn the people you are supposed to be leading or managing.

2.  Be open

Let them know you — as a person outside of the role as leader or manager. Be transparent enough that they can learn to trust you.

3.  Be responsive

Don’t leave people waiting too long for a response. They’ll make up their own if you do — and it’s usually not the conclusion you want them to reach.

4.  Be approachable

You can’t be everything to everyone, and you may not always be available, but for the people you are called to lead or manage, you need to be approachable. They need to know if there is a problem — or a concern — you will be receptive to hearing from them. I realize the larger the organization the more difficult this becomes, but build systems that allow you to hear from people at every level within the organization.

5.  Be consistent

Over time, the team you lead or manage needs to know you are going to be dependable. The world is changing fast. It’s hard to know who to trust these days. We certainly need to be able to trust people we are supposed to follow.

6.  Be trustworthy

Follow through on what you say you will do. If you make a promise — keep it. If you can’t support something — say it. If you’re not going to do it — say no. Let your word be your bond. Spend time building and protecting your character. Be the quality of person you would want to follow.

7.  Be appreciative

Recognize you can’t do it alone. Be grateful. Be rewarding. Celebrate. Love others genuinely and display it well.

What would you add? Upon which of these do you most need to improve?


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Reader Comments (1)

About being consistent: it's interesting that this article makes 'consistent' a synonym for 'trustworthy'. I think the two are very different, but both are important. Trustworthy means that you will make good, beneficial decisions, and can be depended on to do the right thing. Consistent means that you stand by your decisions and are predictable - so that the people you lead can get to understand how you think, and operate out of that understanding.

Consistency is important because if you make a statement and operate according to that statement for a period, and then change your stance, you look like a hypocrite - unless you do a good job of explaining why your point of view has changed and what we are doing now. Part of our job as leaders is to teach, and operate out of the principles we teach, and make sure people know when those principles no longer apply.
June 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

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