This year I have been on a
journey to learn as much as I can about being a better leader. This week I have witnessed three great
examples in very different circumstances.
Most of my week was spent at a conference for worship leaders, cre:ate,
created and lead by Randy Elrod. He did
an amazing job organizing this event and leading all the participants. He has a unique statement for describing
leaders: ‘a leader is one who influences influencers.’ You can follow Randy Elrod on twitter at
@recreate and his blog at http://www.randyelrod.typepad.com/.
Most of today I spent with a
group of amazing students from Centennial High School,in Franklin, Tennessee,
who have stepped forward to try to make a difference in their school and their
band. All day we talked about leadership…they
really get it. Here is a list of
characteristics they think a leader should model:
Servant- a leader
should be willing to carry out any task that is asked or required of them, no
matter how un-prestigious or unappealing it seems.
leader should try to improve themselves before giving direction to others and
to expect more of themselves than anyone else.
should be able to visualize where they want to lead the group and set goals to
reach their vision.
a leader should communicate their goals to the group and communicate with their
leaders about what needs to get done.
Good Example- a
leader should behave as they want all members of the group to behave.
leader should not be wrapped up in their title or boastful.
leader should be kind to others and be able to give instruction in a
tactful manner so it will be as effective as possible.
leader should be invested not only in their cause but also in the people they
lead. Leaders should genuinely care about all the individuals of the group.
leader MUST have enough perspective to realize that they will not be perfect
and that when things go wrong what's important is to learn from mistakes and
There is another leadership
trait that I think is very important…honesty…that even means being honest when
you make mistakes. As leaders it can be
so easy to sweep mistakes under the rug so to speak, trying to hide them or
covering them up. Take a moment to read the blog of my boss and see a great
example of honesty.
I am still on my quest to learn
about how to be an effective leader and the three examples above have pushed me
down the road a little further.