Effective leaders know who they are, what they are supposed to do, and where they are going. Steven Covey wrote in his book, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” that effective leaders “begin with the end in mind”. Pastorpreneurs are always looking for innovative ways to become more effective in their leadership assignments. Let me suggest a simple definition of leadership effectiveness: LEADERS MOBILIZE AND GALVANIZE PEOPLE TO ACCOMPLISH WORTHY GOALS.
If that definition of leadership effectiveness is correct, then how does a leader go about becoming effective? Pastorpreneurs understand their roles. Here are four specific roles and descriptions of how effective leaders operate in these roles:
Visionary: Pastorpreneurs help people to see a preferred future and communicate that future in compelling terms. The effective leader not only sees the future, but understands something of the road to get there
Motivator: Pastorpreneurs are able to motivate people to buy-in to the vision of the future and commit themselves and their resources to accomplish the goals of the organization
Producer: Pastorpreneurs make sure the right things get noticed. Pastorpreneurs decide who will be “heroes’ in the organization by the stories they tell and the way they make specific progress towards the goals.
Analyzer: Pastorpreneurs make sure the right things get counted. Deciding what will be measured often determines what people pay attention to! In church life, we typically do the A-B-C’s: Attendance, Buildings, Cash…..but a Pastorpreneur makes sure that in addition to those things (because they are indicators), that changed lives are the focus. Only when the focus is changed lives does the organization begin to align its resources, activities, and heartbeat.
Dale Galloway, former pastor of New Hope Community Church in Portland, Oregon and the director of the D.Min. program at Beeson Divinity School, says that there are 15 things that leaders must do
-Make Decisions -Solve Problems
-Take Responsibility -Have a Sense of Timing
-Get up for the Game -Respond to a Challenge
-Lead with Enthusiasm -Delegate/Hold Responsible
-Match People to Mission -Focus
-Keep Others Focused -Use Momentum
-Do What is Right -Seize Opportunities
-Set the Sail
Effective leaders who are effective understand who they are, what they are to do, and where they are going. Do you know who you are as a leader? Do you know what you are supposed to be doing? Most importantly, do you know where you are going? You’ll be a more effective leader if you can answer those 3 questions with confidence!