Leadership is leadership, but context is still king. I lead differently in church ministry than I do in my day job, but several principles superintend both contexts. Two items have been particularly helpful in providing thought-fodder lately:
5 Voices: How to Communicate Effectively with Everyone You Lead, by Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram. I’ll review this book here soon.
The second item is a Harvard Business Review article from over 20 years ago: “Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail,” by John Kotter. I am currently guilty of seven of the eight reasons he discusses but rather than marinating in the negative I have instead turned them into positive principles for tackling a tough leadership endeavor:
- Create a clear sense of urgency.
- Enlist a “Guiding Coalition”
- Establish a vision you can communicate. Not just plans, programs, and directives.
- Overcommunicate the vision.
- Remove obstacles and empower people.
- Plan for near-term wins.
- Build off of wins to tackle larger systems and structures.