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Drew Jordan

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Transcript of Leadership

Leadership: A Journey of Change.
Leadership development is a journey rather than a destination. In what manner does leadership require adaptation to specific and changing circumstances during this journey?
Leadership & Change
Benjamin Franklin once said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." But we would like to argue that there is a third guarantee to add, and that is change. No matter what happens change will always be constant in life . So being able to adapt to it is crucial!

Bottom line is this, If we as individuals don't know how to deal with change in a proper manner we will not truly be able to lead.

“Handle the challenge of change well, and you can prosper greatly. Handle it poorly, and you put yourself and others at risk.”

Leadership requires adaption in every manner! We as leaders must learn be flexible so that we can properly lead others.
Thank you!
First Thought: The World
We live in a world that is constantly in a state of change! Literally every second is different than the next...

We as individuals are changing every day (Getting older/fatter/stronger/wiser)

Culture is changing everyday (Morals/style/interests/technology/laws)

Every individual is going to face failure. No one is perfect! It is what we do with that failure that counts. How you handle the failures that come your way will set much of the agenda for the future!

Think about Peter & Jesus, Peter screwed up big time when he denied Christ and seemed to have lost all hope at being a leader, but he adapted through repentance and the grace of God he ended up shaking this world through his leadership. He used his tragedy as an opportunity to grow and change foundation of the church.

Successful leaders have learned that no failure is final... Think about Thomas Edison, he once said, “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”

Where sin abounded, grace abounded all the more"
To help us deal with change as leaders it is important that we understand the 8 change steps...

1. Create a sense of urgency
2. Pull together a team
3. Develop the change vision and strategy
4. Communicate for understanding and buy in
5. Empower others to act
6. Produce short term wins
7. Don't let up
8. Create a new culture

Peer Pressure/Compromise
How can a leader deal with such situations?

So we must realize that in many cases when you hear the word change we should think trial, think hardship, think threats, think suffering, and think pain

So with this in mind what are some things that might cause a leader to have to adapt?

We must remember as leaders that time is against us. Moses in Psalm 90 says this, "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."

Time is something that will always cause you to have to adapt because you will never have enough of it!

"Only those leaders who act boldly in times of crisis and change are willingly followed." -Jim Kouzes
Even progress requires change. If an organization, ministry, business, individual, or relationship is going to make progress, it must change. It must over time evolve into something different in order to become better, more relevant, more disciplined, better aligned, and more strategic. (So if you're not willing to change you can't ever get better.)
we are terrified of change.... Because brings forth unknown circumstances and we are afraid of what we aren't comfortable with and of failure.

We naturally will do everything in our power prevent change from happening. (Stability, equilibrium, comfort). These options are easier, but they cannot be the options for the person interested in being a leader. Accepting the status quo is the equivalent of accepting a death sentence.

Where there is no progress, there is no growth. If there is no growth there is no life. (James 1: 1-
Courage is what we will need adapt to fear and uncertainty. It is what we will need to be able to stand our ground against peer pressure and laziness, and what we will hold on to when the weight of loss and time are baring down on us. Courage is what keeps us going!

If you are going to be in a leadership position the temptation to be lazy is something you will have to fight.

You have to decide if you want to be comfortable or you want to be great.
Change plays itself out in the form of loss. Every loss, whether that is a friendship or a business loss will cause us to have to adapt

As leaders we will have to get acquainted with loss!
It is going to be a normal part of life... Remember, "death and taxes"
We as individuals are terrified of both of these things. So much so that many people don't even try
As leaders we have to combat laziness with discipline. Without this all other gifts will never grow.

Because before we can conquer the world we must be able to conquer self.

To be able to lead you must first be able to follow.
What other things can help us adapt in our journey of change?
Second thought: We must understand that being a leader is no easy road.
"We have forgotten that a leader in Paul’s time was first to face hardship, contempt, rejection, and even death. They were the first in line for persecution and first in line to suffer. Leadership is a lonely road, a tiresome road, a road full of criticism and hatred. A road of pressure and perplexity! Leadership comes at a great cost! It is certainly an honorable ambition."
Go hand in hand
"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
As a leader there will be constant pressure to compromise. Be prepared for people to criticize and react you.
Know yourself
Scripture analysis
Any Question??
Lets look at the life of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3)

*What are some of the changes Abraham had to face?

*How did Abraham handle the change in front of him?

And look what happened to him through the pain of it all....
-God made his name and family great and made his decedents as numerous as the stars.
-God promised that the world would be blessed through him.

Abraham considered the change and examined the pain and decided that the blessings were worth it. Today, Abraham is called the father of all those who have faith.
What caused him to have to adapt?

1. The fear of living in a different culture, language, traditions. (Uncertainty)

2. The pain of leaving his relatives, his home, his friends behind for good. (Loss)

3. The risk of leaving the security of his home for the unknown place God was sending him to. (Temptation of laziness and comfort)
What caused him to be successful in his adaptation?

1. (Decision) Abraham was not indecisive. He obeyed and acted on the vision before him.

2. (Humility) He realized that nothing he had was his own and trusted that God knew better than he did with and through it all.

3. (Courage) These moves weren't easy, it took courage to overcome the fear of failure and the fear of the unknown

4. (Discipline) Because of the great temptation to just be comfortable and lazy he had to have great disciple to fight for something greater than himself and his comfort.

(Let us expand...)
In most cases in this life it will rarely appear that God is running things. Often it will seem the opposite (what is worthless survives and what is valuable perishes.)

Wisdom is trusting that he knows what he is doing with the world he created despite how things might look.

Wisdom is loving Him, serving Him, rejoicing in Him, trusting Him, and enjoying him no matter what the situation. No matter how hard the change your facing might be.
It takes humility to understand this, to understand that nothing you have belongs to you, that God owns it all.
(The temptations of..)
As leaders we will constantly be thrown into the unknown. We will be forced to walk in darkness in most cases and that darkness is the uncertainty that always will accompany change.

The fear of failure and risk only result in missed opportunities. If you don't conquer these things you will only miss out on so many great things in life!
Never try and do too much or the process of change will be over whelming. Recognize that you have limited strengths so focus yourself on a few things that you were created to do.
Think about Moses and Pharaoh...
Pharaoh over and over was using cunning words to try and get Moses to relent and not let "everybody go" but Moses did not budge to the temptation to compromise instead in Exodus 10:26 Moses finally tells Pharaoh that "Not even a hoof is to be left behind!"
Criticism & rejection
Our goal then is to be individuals who handle the constant state of change in which we will face everyday with great poise and courage. In order to do this we must be flexible and understand that many things that come our way are out of our control, though they will be painful, these are the things we must take a hold of in order to grow and be effective leaders. This is a journey and it will take much time, but it will all be worth it. “Handle the challenge of change well, and you can prosper greatly. Handle it poorly, and you put yourself and others at risk.”
Action Plan
Being able to see what is ahead is a critical aspect to adapting to change..

You will need to be able to look past the difficulties that come your way and see the opportunities in the midst of them.
But seeing it useless without decision! Seeing the opportunities is only the start, but in that we must then be able to seize the opportunities in front of us.

A leader is not he who sees but he who decides in the midst of trouble

Simply recognizing the need for change does not define leadership. The leader is the one who has the courage to act on what he sees.
We must take that step!
Never try and do too much or the process of change will be over whelming. Recognize that you have limited strengths so focus yourself on a few things that you were created to do.
We can not handle the challenge of change on our own!
And let us consider how we may
spur one another on toward love and good deeds
, not giving up
meeting together
, as some are in the habit of doing, but
encouraging one another
—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive,
encourage the disheartened
, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 1Thessalonians 5:14

Carry each other’s burdens
, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
"A leader is only as good as the people he surrounds himself with."
With constant change patience is going to be huge in leadership because you can expect that it is never going to go exactly as planned.

In the journey of change it will be easy to lose your temper, as you deal with trial and others you must be able to be patient or else you could hurt your influence and those around you.
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