A Leader’s Most Powerful Tool

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Effective leaders COLLABORATE.
Effective organizations reward COLLABORATION.

col•lab•o•ra•tion (n) kə làbbə ráysh’n -a working together: the act of working together with one or more people in order to achieve something

Leadership is about collaborating.
Managing is about administrating.

Collaboration is messy. Administration is neat.
Collaboration is fluid. Administration is constant.
Collaboration is a process. Administration is a moment.
Collaboration is flexible. Administration is rigid.
Collaboration is plural. Administration is singular.

Collaboration is LEADING. Administration is MANAGING.

Two different skill sets. There’s a big difference!

A leader’s most powerful tool is the gift and strategy of collaboration.

“Leadership on any team should be plural, not singular.”
Mike Krzyzewski, men’s basketball coach Duke University

Leadership becomes ineffective when it becomes an outlet for our gifts and talents, with little thought or energy devoted to working with others to build on our strengths and to compensate for our weaknesses.

Most leadership in America lives with this misconception: That if they are the central leader, everything depends upon them. God cautioned about the “I must do it all” mentality in the 18th chapter of Exodus. (Take some time to read the whole chapter)

Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, shared a huge, key leadership principle: No single individual, even when called and gifted by God to serve as a leader, has all of the resources and abilities required to satisfy the leadership needs of a group.

“The graveyards are full of indispensable men.”
Charles DeGaulle

God has rendered all leaders incomplete in their ability to effectively lead people toward God’s vision. There is no leader alive who possesses all the gifts, skills, and abilities required to satisfy the entire package of leadership needs of any group of people or to do everything necessary to accomplish an important task.

A leader’s most powerful tool is the gift and strategy of collaboration.

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF COLLABORATION:
It prevents SILOS
It produces GREATER RESULTS
It creates BIGGER VISION
It increases GREATER RESPECT FROM OTHER LEADERS
It gives GOD GLORY

5 WAYS TO COLLABORATE:
Do a PROJECT TOGETHER.
Go to other PLANNING MEETINGS.
Sit down ONE ON ONE with another leader.
RESPECT, LEARN & UTILIZE the passion of others.
Stop caring WHO GETS THE CREDIT.

“The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom—a surefire way to accomplish more for the glory of God.”  Brett Harris, author ‘Do Hard Things’

“Strategy is not really a solo sport – even if you’re the CEO.”  Max McKeown, The Strategy Book

“As Christians, we should be the best collaborators in the world. We should be quick to find unlikely allies and subversive friends, like Jesus did.”  Shane Claiborne, Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said?

“The company owner doesn’t need to win. The best idea does.”  John C. Maxwell, The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization

Fractured

I wrote this last year, immediately after the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut. My challenge was that our priorities and focus must change. The question is, one year later, has anything changed?

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fractured

My heart has been broken with the recent tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut.

Words are hard to come by and emotions are hard to control.

I am holding on to this promise for them that, “God is close to the broken hearted and he lifts up those who are crushed in spirit.”

The closest way I can explain how I am feeling is what Jeremiah recorded in the ninth chapter of his book: “Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! I would weep day and night for the slain of my people.”

I told my church over the weekend that I was thankful for them because we could grieve and pray together, in community, for the families, leaders and people of  Newtown.

It really struck me how important being a part of a healthy community is.

The Apostle Paul gave this…

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