REINVENT YOUR FUTURE

LEADING WELL COHORT

Rethink Principles, Practices & Approaches

April 4 - May 30, 2024

Lead on Purpose  |  Lead with Impact

The essence of leadership is developing the capacity to be a person of influence who facilitates transformation in people, teams and organizations. The goal of this cohort is to help church leaders articulate what leadership is, how it's exercised, and how you too can be a transforming presence in your home, at work, and in your community.

We'll address ways to:
  • Lead yourself
  • Lead up
  • Lead laterally
  • Lead your teams

During this course, you will share your "North Star" and the guiding principles and practices that shape how you influence others. Then, you'll design a one-year Leading Well Road Map, share it with cohort members to gain helpful feedback further refining your intentions. Please join us on this journey of reinvention.

Jim LaDoux, Director of Coaching and Coaching Services

Session 1 | Pre-Work

April 4, 2024

1 | Share Outcomes and Introductions
  • Introduce participants; share hopes for the cohort.
  • Clarify your understanding of leadership is and isn't.
  • Differentiate between leading VS managing.
  • Introduce the Leading Well Road Map template.
2 | List Your Leadership PRINCIPLES (truths)
  • Leadership is about influence. Think legacy.
  • Leadership is a choice. What will you transform?
  • Leadership is built on trust; must be modeled.
  • Leadership is a team sport; you can't do it alone.
  • Leadership is an affair of the heart.
  • The best leaders develop more new leaders.
  • The best leaders are askers & learners.
  • Are willing to be authentic? Courageous?
  • Think WHAT, SO WHAT, and NOW WHAT.
  • What's different about leading VS managing?
3 | List Your Leadership PRACTICES
  • Do you EMBODY (model) the way for others?
  • Do you ENVISION shared, preferred future?
  • Do you ENLIST the right leaders?
  • Do you ENABLE others to act (norms/systems)?
  • Do you ENGAGE people in crucial conversations?
  • Do you EQUIP leaders to act, inspect & innovate?
  • Do you EMPOWER others to own outcomes/results?.
  • Do you ENCOURAGE others regularly?.
  • Do you END or EXPAND options to be considered?
4 | List Your Leadership APPROACHES (style)
  • Lead by proposal.
  • Establish clear norms & expectations.
  • Reflect on results; rethink next steps.
  • Interview individual leaders.
  • Help leaders design a PLD (professional development plan).
  • Lead teams AND individual team players.
  • Lead by offering proposals and new perspectives.
  • Lead by listening, observing, and tracking results.
  • Lead by drawing out people's gifts and insights..
  • Lead based on people's communication preferences.
  • Lead by selecting the right leaders for the right roles.
  • Lead by addressing issues sooner rather than later.
  • Lead with candor; engage in crucial conversations.
5 | List the PEOPLE With Whom You'll Exercise Leadership
  • How will you lead yourself?
  • How will you lead your friends & family?
  • How will you lead your staff?
  • How will you lead your board/elected leaders?
  • Where do you intentionally show up as a leader?
6 | Introduce the LEADING WELL Planning Form
  • What your history with setting & reviewing goals?
  • What will you no longer tolerate?
  • What's working for you?  What's not working?
  • What do you need to say NO to right now?
  • What's missing in your life?
  • When and where will you review/update your plan?
  • What's your learning goal? What skill will you develop?

Session 2 | Pre-Work

April 18, 2024

1 | Review Session 2 Outcomes
  • Share what's stirring from Session 1.
  • Share 2-3 ways you'd like to lead more intentionally.
  • List the obstacles that prevent you from leading well.
  • Discuss leadership models, styles, and approaches.
2 | Use Eisenhower Matrix to Lead Yourself
  • Important / Not Urgent (Lead).
  • Important / Urgent (manage).
  • Not Important / Urgent (avoid).
  • Not Important / Not Urgent (eliminate).
  • As a leader, what should you no longer be doing?
  • As a leader, when and where are you over-functioning?
  • As a leader, what do you need to delegate?
  • As a leader, when and where do you like to dream?
  • As a leader, when are you reacting VS responding?
  • As a leader, how far into the future do you dream?
  • Based on this matrix, what do you need to change?
3 | Introduce Stephen Covey's 7 Leadership Practices
  1. Be proactive (circle of influence VS concern).
  2. Begin with the end in mind (paint a picture).
  3. Put first things first (do less; do what matters).
  4. Think win-win (have an abundance mindset).
  5. Seek to understand rather than be understood.
  6. Create synergy
  7. Sharpen the saw
  • As a leader, when do you play the role of a victim?
  • Are you doing the right things?
  • Are you paying attention to, and measuring the right things?
  • What does self-mastery look like for you?
  • Do you need to improve your strategy or execution?
  • How might you add leaders so you can multiply ministry?

4 | Questions to Consider
  • In what ways is your leadership style working for you?
  • How do you know if your leadership style is working?
  • What assumptions impact the styles you use?
5 | Next Steps
  • Revisit your Annual Leading Well road map
  • Watch 4 videos related to Session 2.
  • Identity 3 things you like about how others lead.
  • Ask 2 people what they've learned about leadership.

Jim's Leading Well Goals

2024 LEADING WELL HABITS

  • Lead self: Plan everyday the night before.
  • Lead self: Arise at 5am and go to bed by 10am.
  • Lead self: Reflect & rethink meetings I'm invited to.
  • Lead self: Use Otter to record meetings; take notes.

2024 LEADING WELL HABITS

  • Lead up & with: Use texting and chatting to move projects along.
  • Lead up & with: Come to meetings with powerful questions.
  • Lead up & with:  Share with I need to do my best work.
  • Lead up & with: Share my intentions; don't ask for permission.

RECENT LEARNINGS (AHAS!)

  • Listening to daily news drains my energy.
  • Need to focus more on relationships rather than projects.
  • Don't organize what should be removed.

FUTURE EXPERIMENTS

  • Lead self: Manage information flow using 2 phones or devices..
  • Lead self: Type less, dictate more. Use AI for ideas and inspiration..
  • Lead self: Experiment with having shorter & fewer meetings.

Samples | Annual Leading Well Road Maps

IMPROVE NOMINATING PROCESS

  • Create job descriptions for all elected leadership roles.
  • Create criteria for selecting potential nominees.
  • Create schedule and letter for inviting leaders to serve.
  • Create a Leadership Toolkit with essential information & resources.
  • Create in person and online orientation event - include videos.

HELP LEADERS FACILITATE BETTER MEETINGS

  • Provide leaders with a Better Meetings Cheat Sheet.
  • Align meetings with our church's purpose, priorities, and annual plan.
  • Train team leaders how to facilitate meetings.
  • Provide leadership tools the improve pre-work & reporting processes.
  • Meet with facilitators between meetings to review & plan meetings.

HAVE PAID STAFF SET & SHARE ANNUAL GOALS

SET GOALS FOR LEADING YOURSELF

  • Invite staff to share annual goals for the year in January.
  • Review staff goals & next steps once/month at staff meetings. 
  • Establish quarterly check-in's with program staff.
  • Use Annual review process as opportunity to share future plans.
  • Help staff set ministry, professional development, & self-care goals.
  • Set aside 1 hours/week to review weekly, monthly & quarterly goals.
  • Develop strategies for honoring Sabbath/days off from work.
  • Identify what I need to say no to, defer, and delegate.
  • Address my people-pleasing tendencies; self differentiate.
  • Experiment with changing my schedule to find a better rhythm.

CREATE HELPFUL LEADERSHIP TOOLS

  • Help teams create an annual planning calendar & goals.
  • Provide teams with event planning, promotion & reporting tools.
  • Provide teams with facilitation & decision-making tools.
  • Experiment with 2-3 minute videos to explain each tool.
  • Create an online resource library for leaders to easily access.

TRY ON NEW WAYS TO LEAD WELL

  • Try leading by proposal.
  • Meet with team leaders BEFORE meetings; don't attend team meeting.
  • Focus on individual leadership develop; not just team development.
  • Invite teams how what they do aligns with our purpose and values. 
  • Introduce laughter, jokes, and storytelling into meeting formats.

HELP 5 TEAMS TO SET QUARTERLY/ANNUAL GOALS

  • Assist the Stewardship Team with setting goals.
  • Assist the Spiritual Growth Team with setting goals.
  • Assist the Worship & Music Team with setting goals.
  • Assist the Community Connections Team with setting goals.
  • Assist the Welcoming & Befriending Team with setting goals.

DEVELOP A NEW MEMBER ENGAGEMENT PLAN

  • List wins & resources for first-time visitors.
  • List wins & resources for second-time or frequent visitors.
  • List wins & resources for a friends of our faith community.
  • List wins & resources for a first year member/ministry partner.
  • Help members/ministry partners discover/deploy their callings..

ESTABLISH PRACTICES TO ENCOURAGE MEMBERS

BUILD A SPIRIT-DRIVEN, STRATEGIC BOARD

  • Send three thank you/thinking of you cards per week.
  • Invite Board members to write Thank You cards at meetings.
  • Experiment with using text to support & encourage members.
  • Interview friends/members using How Has God SHAPED You form.
  • Call members on, or around their birthdays. 
  • Experiment using lectio divina to begin our Board meetings.
  • Each month, have 1 Board member share their spiritual autobiography.
  • Light Christ candle at meetings; offer prayers of discernment & thanks.
  • Build Board meeting agenda that align with our purpose and priorities.
  • Introduce quarterly meeting format to review results and dream big.

LEADERSHIP EVENTS

BOOKS to read

Videos to watch