There are lots of principle that we are told we must do to be a great leader and a lot of them are very true. There is one principle, though, that permeates most of what we want to do as a leader. As we look into our personal time with God, our relationships with other staff members and people we are leading, and programs and new things we are trying to implement to become more effective.
So if you look at those areas and think, “wow, yeah I would like to incorporate one principle to do all those more effectively” well I am sorry but I do not have a magic answer. What I can provide though is one principle that has really helped me and others become a better leader.
The principle we are going to look at today: Make your leadership replicable
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You see this is so important when we are leading. Because you do not want to have a good day or week in your personal study and then have no idea how to do that again. As we look at this principle we want to exemplify sustainable consistency in our leadership. Now, not all of us work of rigid calendars and schedules but the principle of replication can have massive implications for your leadership.
Not only will you be able to repeat success in the future but the church or organization will be able to repeat and build upon success once you are gone if this is done right!
So what do we need to make sure is replicable in our leadership? Let’s take a look:
Make sure your preparation is replicable
Are you prepared personally, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to lead? This is so important for the public part of a leader’s life. Do you have a consistent handle on your health in all these aspects of your life? Or do you just wing it day to day and then hope to effectively lead people? A huge help to becoming a better leader is making sure that your behind the scenes personal health is able to be replicated day to day, month to month, and year to year. Without this consistency you will not be able to keep up the public facade and you will fall.
Make sure your interaction with others is replicable
Be careful on this one: you want to be consistent in how you interact with people but in a positive way. What I mean by this is I have known of some “leaders” and heard of some “leaders” who are perfectly consistent and how they interact with people but in a toxic way. As leaders we must be working to make sure that relationally we are able to replicate a positive, healthy, and Christ-like example in our life.
Make sure your processes are replicable
As you are looking at improving your leadership you are most likely evaluating the processes, programs, and ideas that are making up what you do. You should be able to replicate the things that are doing well, that are reaching people, that are making a difference in the lives of your community members. Always be sure to have a knowledge of what you and your context can do well, what resources you have, and the passions you exude then you tie that into the context specific mission you have and always do better! This is how you can replicate ideas and processes that are successful.
There is obviously a lot of things we need to do well to be effective leaders. But the root of effective leadership that can be tangibly done through your whole life is replication. What are you doing to make your leadership replicable? Let us know in the comments!