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Strategic Leadership Session I

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Carla Demming

on 4 September 2013

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Transcript of Strategic Leadership Session I

The Path to Strategic Leadership
The Path to Strategic Leadership
After this session you should be able to:

Define strategic leadership

Identify the characteristics of an effective and strategic leader

List the 21 characteristics of an effective leader

Summarize 5 of the 21 qualities of an effective leader

Self-evaluate your leadership skills to identify weaknesses and to develop a next step personal development plan
What is Strategic Leadership?
A strategic leader provides the vision and direction for the growth and success of an organization

A strategic leader is one who not only provides direction but can also build ownership and alignment within their teams and sphere of influence to initiate and implement change within the organization

A strategic leader at TLFM is responsible for their role in the skillful management of situations and the efficient, effective and excellent leadership of the resources they have been given authority over
Are You a Leader?
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.
—John Maxwell
A Leader Is...
One who has the capacity and will to lead and inspire others to action

One who guides and directs the activity and performance
of others by going in advance

A real leader influences and leads others to create meaningful benefit and added value to the organization
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
—Warren Bennis

I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
—Benjamin Disraeli

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way,
and shows the way. —John Maxwell
The Responsibility of Leadership
A leader out in front with no followers is not leading; he or she is merely taking a walk. --- Leadership Proverb

As a strategic leader at TLFM, you are charged to take ownership of TLFM's vision:

To reach people for God
To give yourselves to serving the people of God
To disciple and teach others to do the complete will of God
To develop others who will glorify God by leading a life of holiness, purpose, prosperity and excellence
To train and educate others to be triumphant in all areas of life
The Mindset of a Strategic Leader
A strategic leader should have the ability to:

Blend individual talent into a productive team that works harmoniously to accomplish tasks and achieve the organization's vision and mission

Mold, manage and motivate a productive team. This requires the skill set in recruiting, training and mobilizing talent to accomplish organization goals

Express a strategic vision for the organization and motivate and persuade others to acquire that vision

The 21 Qualities of An Effective Strategic Leader
Problem solving
Positive attitude
Character - Be a Piece of the Rock
One of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual

Action is the real indication of character. Your character determines who you are. Who you are determines what you see. What you see determines what you do

A leader's actions during times of crisis will reveal his/her true character. Adversity requires a person to choose one of two paths, character or compromise

Talent is a gift but character is a choice

Good character will yield lasting success with people. No one follows someone they do not trust
Charisma: Be a Piece of the Rock

A personal "magic" of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm; a special magnetic charm or appeal

Involves the ability to draw people to you

Charisma can be developed and displayed by doing the following:
Have a positive attitude and love life. Be like the people you want to attract
Put a 10 on everyone's head. One of the best thing you can do for people is to expect the best of them
Give people hope. Leaders are dealers in hope
Think of others more than you do yourself
Share and give and of yourself
Starts in the heart and precedes achievement

Commitment is tested by action. It’s one thing to talk about commitment but another to do something about it

Commitment opens the door to achievement

Commitment is the enemy to resistance

Seperates the doers from the dreamers

There are 4 types of people: cop-outs,
drop-outs, all-outs, and hold-outs

Communication is the process by which information is exchanged between the sender and receiver

Developing excellent communication skills are essential to an effective leader

If a leader cannot get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it then having a message doesn’t matter

People will not follow you if they don't know your expectations

Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple (John Maxwell)

The four basic truths of effective communication:
Simplify your message. Communication is not just what you say it’s how you say it. The key to effective communication is simplicity

Think of your audience. Be truthful. Credibility precedes great communication. Believe in what you say and live what you say

Seek a response as you communicate and never forget that the goal is to get action. Everytime you speak to someone, give them something to feel, something to remember and something to do

Performing a task with such skill that people feel you know what you are doing and want to follow you

To cultivate the quality of competence do the following:
Show up everyday no matter how you feel or how difficult the situation
Continually search for ways to keep improving
Always follow-through with excellence. Quality is never an accident; it is a choice, an act of the will
Accomplish more than expected. Highly competent people always accomplish more than is expected of them
Inspire others. Highly competent people do more than perform at a high level, they also motivate their people to do the same. They don’t simply rely on relational skills
Pride – no one wants to follow a leader who thinks he’s better than anyone else

Insecurity - if you are uncomfortable with yourself then people will be uncomfortable with you also

Moodiness – people will not want to be around someone whose mood is unpredictable. Soon they will come to not expect anything at all

Perfectionism – people respect the desire for excellence but dread unrealistic expectations

Synicism – people don’t want to be rained on by someone who sees a cloud around every single lining

Roadblocks to Charisma
Session Summary
- Record three key points that you have learned about leadership from the session
- Record two things that challenged your thinking about leadership
- Record one question that you still have about the information presented
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