How do you create a great leadership culture?
Tim Stevens, author of Fairness is Overrated, talks about the essential elements every church leader needs to have in place in terms of personal integrity, finding the right team, building the right culture and learning how to lead in a crisis.
Welcome to Episode 26 of the Podcast.
Links Mentioned in this Episode
Things You Can Do Right Away
As a leader, we lean into what is fair, but what are the priorities we’re trying to accomplish, and what are the outcomes we’re looking for? In his latest book, Fairness is Overrated, Tim outlines four attributes of leaders that promote a healthy culture, maintain integrity and can lead during times of crisis.
1. Become a leader worth following. There are several stories of Jesus spending time with crowds, but he invested most of his time with his disciples because it was part of the legacy he was trying to fulfill on Earth. Leaders live a life of integrity and create margin in their lives. When you don’t have margin, you can’t have meaningful relationships with those closest to you, and it compromises your character. You can only hide behind a façade for so long before the cracks start to show, and no one is immune to that. But one thing that keeps you accountable is the relationship to your calendar. If you can get control of your time, and proactively prioritize the things that are the most important, you can nurture the most intimate relationships in your life while being an effective leader. A leader worth following is someone who has a hard skill set, yet is someone of character.
2. Find the right people. Tim provided some very valuable tools for finding the right person for an open leadership position in your church or organization.
- Don’t go solo when you’re trying to hire someone. You might be good at it, but you’re not as good by yourself as you are with a team. Pull in discerning people who have nothing to lose if that person is hired.
- Define the parameters ahead of time, so when you get the interviewees in the room, they’re not confused about why you’re hiring them, or what they’re gonna do.
- Tim says you look beyond the resume and review online profiles. You can find out a lot about a person online, and you get a sense of their personality. Take a look at their photos, and analyze how they communicate with others online.
- Sell your organization. You may think your organization is awesome, and we assume others think it’s awesome. But leaders have to do a better job of laying out the vision. You think a potential job candidate wants to be there, but go the extra mile and sell them on the culture, community and demographics. If you’re looking at top tier talent, you’re looking at people with options.
- Think twice before hiring your friends, and don’t hire too quickly. Sometimes it’s hard to be objective, and that can create unexpected conflict when big decisions need to be made. If church leaders hire from within, they may bypass the reference checks without knowing someone’s reputation in their professional life.
3. Build a healthy culture. What are some of the building blocks of building a healthy culture? It comes from how you as a leader, lead. You have the type of leader who may never say this out loud, but they’re convinced they are the smartest person in the room they walk in. Building a great culture comes from a leader who highly values the team around him or her, constantly asking questions and has a lot a learn from others around them. They realize how much is at stake and how much they’re needed and valued. A good leader believes the best in you, speaks life into you, gives you opportunities to succeed, consistently wants to give credit and stands by you when you fail. That is the leader building a tremendous culture.
4. Lead confidently through a crisis. You see someone’s character, or lack of character, in the midst of a crisis. Tim gave several examples of U.S. presidents whose leadership was put to the test during times of war and economic turmoil. The leaders who stand out the most throughout history are the ones who led during conflict because there’s a link between crisis and greatness. Confidence isn’t, “I know the future, and it’s ok.” It’s, “We’re gonna figure this out.”
Want Incredible Training from Today’s Top Leaders?
Then don’t miss the Orange Conference 2015 on April 29-May 1st in Atlanta.
Learn from leaders like Perry Noble, Jeff Henderson, Jud Wilhite, Jon Acuff, Josh Gagnon, and today’s guest, Jenni Catron (and more). I’ll be teaching at the conference as well and have put together a senior leader track designed exclusively for senior pastors, executive pastors and campus pastors.
Register here today.
Quotes from Tim
A New Episode Every Week…Just Subscribe
The podcast releases every Tuesday morning.
Subscribe for free and never miss out on wisdom from great leaders such as Derwin Gray, Ron Edmondson, Jon Acuff, William Vanderbloemen, Tony Morgan, Frank Bealer, Jeff Henderson, Kara Powell, Casey Graham, Perry Noble, and Andy Stanley.
Appreciate This? Rate the Podcast.
Hopefully this episode has helped you lead like never before. That’s my goal. If you appreciated it, could you share the love?
The best way to do that is to rate the podcast in iTunes and leave us a brief review! You can do the same on Stitcher and on TuneIn Radio as well.
Your rating and review helps gets the podcast in front of new leaders and listeners. Your feedback also lets me know how I can better serve you.
Thank you for being so awesome.
Next Episode: Brad Lomenick
How do you know it’s time to move on? Brad Lomenick explains why he thinks many leaders stay on too long, and shares why he stepped back from leading a world class organization when he was just 40.
Subscribe for free now, and you won’t miss Episode 27.
In the meantime, got a question?
Scroll down and leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!