Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Leaders Who Last

Dave Kraft, a Pastor at Mars Hill Church (Seattle) has just released a new book on leadership, it is called: Leaders Who Last (ReLit Books). I do not have it yet, but you can read it online at Crossway. I perused it there and my initial impression was very positive.

Here is the the Table of Contents of the book:

Part One. Foundations
. The Leader’s Power
2. The Leader’s Purpose
3. The Leader’s Passion
4. The Leader’s Priorities
5. The Leader’s Pacing
Thinking Things Through

Part Two. Formation
6. The Leader’s Calling
7. The Leader’s Gifts
8. The Leader’s Character
9. The Leader’s Growth
Thinking Things Through
Part Three. Fruitfulness
10. The Leader’s Vision
11. The Leader’s Influence
12. The Leader’s Legacy
Thinking Things Through

As I flipped through it, I came away with the impression that brother Kraft and I are kindred spirits. Much of what he covers is very similar to the topics and content that I use in the Ministry Leadership course I teach each year -- that is encouraging. You can purchase a hard copy, and as I said, the online edition is now available (free while its there) at the Crossway site. I'll go out on a limb here, and pre-recommend it.

In the meantime, the article below from the
What's Best Next blog, highlights some observations and conclusions taken from Kraft's book:

The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Leaders
From Dave Kraft’s Leaders Who Last (Re: Lit Books), here’s his list:

1.They spend too much time managing and not enough time leading.

2.They spend too much time counseling the hurting people and not enough time developing the people with potential.

3.They spend too much time putting out fires and not enough time lighting fires.

4.They spend too much time doing and not enough time planning.

5.They spend too much time teaching the crowd and not enough time training the core.

6.They spend too much time doing it themselves and not enough time doing it through others.

7.They make too many decisions based on organizational politics and too few decisions based on biblical principles.

He then adds:

Notice in particular numbers 2, 5, and 6, which have to do with the kinds of people you spend time with. I say it again: the people you spend the majority of your time with can and will determine whether you are an effective or ineffective leader.

The fact is that many people in leadership roles gravitate toward hurting, draining, time-=consuming people because they have a need to be needed. They want to help people, to be there for people. If a leader has strong mercy gifts, leading becomes more difficult. Simply put, if you need people, you can’t lead people. There is an inability or lack of desire to make the tough calls, speak the truth, or do the hard things. Motivated by a fear of disappointing people, this inability will seriously hamper and work against your ability to lead.

3 John 8
Bill H.


Michael said...

Thanks for "Simply put, if you need people, you can’t lead people." This is simple - but profoundly huge. I needed to hear (read) that at this time. Leadership is not people-pleasin'; it's people-preppin'. Teaching, training, encouraging, enpowering those within our realms of influence to be all they can be to fulfill their creational purpose: to glorify God doing what it is that He desires them to accomplish with their life.
May that be part of our prayer desires - today and everyday as we are reminded to "practice what we preach"; to be effective leaders as we choose to be obedient followers of Christ.

Bill H said...

Yeah, I look forward to getting this book Mike. If you do, let me know and I could have you do a review for the blog.

Michael said...

Will do; was wondering "what's next?" on the WP adventure.

Disclaimer for my Proverbs paper on the "Poor": I'm not gifted in creativity; I'm trusting the Lord will provide that resource to assist with ppt's and slides, etc at His appointed time; just hasn't happened yet...LOL

A. Amos Love said...

Leaders who last? Hmmm?

The front cover of the book says,
“Only 30% of leaders last.”

Doesn’t that mean, 70% of leaders - FAIL.
Seems like a very dangerous “position” to assume. “Leader.”

Just wondering how you reconcile the use
of the word “leader” With what Jesus said in Mt 23:10.

The word “leader”seems like a “high place.” Yes?

Jesus always took and recommended the “low place.”

Jesus humbled Himself,
made himself of no reputation
and took on the form of a servant.
Php 2:7

Jesus in Mat 23:10 told His disciples
“NOT” to call themselves master/“leaders”
for you have one master/"leader” the Christ.

King James Version -
Neither be ye called masters:
for one is your Master, even Christ.

The Interlinear Bible -
Nor be called leaders,
for one is your leader the Christ.

Phillips Modern English -
you must not let people call you leaders,
you have only one leader, Christ.

Today's English Version -
nor should you be called leader.
your one and only leader is the Messiah.

The Amplified-
you must not be called masters ( leaders )
for you have one master ( leader ) the Christ.

Jesus told His disciples not to be
called "leaders" and none did.

Ro 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ...

Php 1:1 Paul and Timotheus,
the servants of Jesus Christ...

Col 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you,
a servant of Christ...

Tit 1:1 Paul, a servant of God...
Jas 1:1 James, a servant of God...
2Pe 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant...

His disciples "all" called themselves "servants,"
none called themselves "leaders." None? None.
None called themselves "servant-leader." None.

If Jesus instructed “His disciples”
NOT to call themselves “leaders”
and someone calls them self a "leader"
or thinks they are a "leader;"

Are they a "disciple of Christ?"

Just wondering. Be blessed.