Here is a KEY blog from one of Steve's amazing former interns in 2010-2011, Chuck Maher. Many thanks to him for submitting today's impactful blog post.
We are all called to lead in some way or another. Whether you are a barista, a church pastor, a stay at home mom or the CEO of a large corporation, you are called to have a positive influence on the people around you. Although some do not consider themselves "natural leaders", there are ways that we can position ourselves to maximize the impact that we have on those around us. This is far from a comprehensive list, but here are some thoughts:
1. Show value for people.
People do not care what you know until they know that you care. It is ok to want results, but do not allow your love for results to become greater than your love for people. Seek heart connection. Get to know the people you are leading. Let them know that you are thankful for them. It is amazing what people will accomplish when they know they are truly valued.
2. Be intentional.
People rarely become great leaders by mistake. It takes effort. Even leaders who are "naturally gifted" need to continually do things that they do not feel like doing. Put things in your calendar that need to get done and follow through. Good leadership takes discipline.
3. Never stop learning.
The best leaders are the best learners. The moment we feel like we have "arrived" is the moment we will start to level off in our influence and effectiveness. If there is an area in which you want to grow, read a book regarding that area or find a mentor who will pour into you.
4. Exercise humility.
Some consider humility to be a weakness. In reality, it is one of the greatest strengths one can possess. Be open to the perspectives and ideas of the people you lead. Do not think that you have to have all the answers, and do not be afraid to say, "I don't know". People will respect you more for being honest rather than trying to have an answer for everything.
5. Display confidence.
There is a big difference between arrogance and confidence. Arrogance is usually rooted in insecurity and a need to prove something. Confidence, on the other hand, is an inner courage that comes from knowing that you are called and equipped for a given purpose. When you show confidence, the people you are leading feel safe.
6. Ask for feedback.
I was mentored by someone who continually asked for feedback. When he was finished speaking at a conference he would say, "I want you to tell me two things you liked about what I shared and one thing I could do to improve". Keep in mind, this was coming from a man who had been public speaking for many years. Asking for feedback communicates value and helps you to further develop as a leader.
7. Get a life!
It is important for leaders to know how to relax and have fun. The more you enjoy life the more people will want to follow you. Recreation also promotes creativity. Make sure you have a day off and do things that you really enjoy. Try not to take yourself too seriously. You may be a leader, but you are not the answer to every human problem.
About Chuck Maher
Chuck and his wife Anna are graduates of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, CA. They served on the leadership team of Bethel Activation Ministries (B.A.M.) before relocating to Texas. They are happily married and live in San Antonio where they serve on the pastoral team at Kingdom Life San Antonio. They are commissioned by Bethel as, "sent ones" and continue their relationship with the leaders at Bethel, Redding.
Chuck and Anna travel in the USA and beyond, equipping the Saints to live a supernatural lifestyle. Their heart is to see the people of God walk in their identity as sons and daughters, and bringing transformation to people, cities and regions. They teach on a variety of topics including the goodness of God, healing, the prophetic, the Father’s love, and living a supernatural lifestyle. Anna recently released her first book, “Embracing Mystery: A 21 Day Journey to Hope” which is available on Amazon and Bethel, Redding’s online book store.
Before moving to Redding, Chuck was an associate pastor in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada for 9 years. Anna was on staff with Youth With A Mission for 5 years in Texas and Washington DC.
For more information on Chuck and Anna’s ministry visit: www.catalyst-ministries.org