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Today’s Answers From Leadership podcast guest is Ralph Mayhew. Ralph lives in what must be the best place on the planet, the Gold Coast.

He’s an Associate Pastor in one of the largest Uniting Churches in Australia, Newlife. He’s been there for eight years and works with a great team of leaders. Prior to this life, he was the Pastor of a group of three wonderful churches in rural Victoria, and before that a Youth Pastor in a regional church.

Ralph’s also just finished authoring his first book titled, The Anonymous Leader.

Become an anonymous leader

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Podcast Show Notes

Ralph, what else do you want listeners to know about you?

Before the interview, I intended to go out shark fishing but couldn’t. I’d hurt my ankle training for a marathon the other day.

Can I be frank with you today? No, I’m not talking about a hot dog frank or changing my name to Frank. I want to be honest with you.

I’ve been struggling with something. I’ve missed the mark multiple times recently.

And I feel guilty about it.

You may miss the mark

In my writing, I share quite a bit about consistency.

On how we need to be consistent in the way we lead. On how we need to be consistent in the way we treat others. On how we need to be consistent in the way we take care of ourselves.

I’ve failed. In each and every one of these areas.

Monthly, weekly, daily even… I fail. I miss the mark.

You Will Miss The Mark

I hope my confession didn’t come as a shocker to you. It shouldn’t be earth-shattering news.

Don’t Be A Fool

April 1, 2016 — Leave a comment

Today is April Fools’ Day. It’s a day full of pranks, silly gags, and tricks to make people look foolish.

This day can be a lot of fun. It can also cause a lot of grief.

But I don’t want to focus on April Fools tricks. Instead, I want to focus on ways leaders are foolish and how we can stop that.

Here's how to avoid being a foolish leader

How Leaders Look Foolish

My heart breaks when I see leaders act foolishly. Not only do they hurt themselves. They hurt their teams.

The frustrating thing here is that leaders can do foolish things without realizing it.

They’re fools. No, wait… We’re fools as we all do these things.

So, what can a leader do to look foolish?

A leader looks foolish when he tries to act like he knows it all: Come on guys… No one out there knows everything. It’s just not possible.

Many years ago, Pam and I did something that seemed strange to many people. This even seemed strange to me.

We got rid of our microwave.

Microwave leadership is bad

I know most people rely on their microwaves for a quick meal. They toss in leftovers or pop in a hot pocket and wait 2-3 minutes for their meal to be done.

We can’t do that at our house anymore. We have to warm up the oven or heat the stove burner.

We then have to wait until the food is warmed up or cooked.

This takes much longer than using the microwave. The cooking/heating time can be 5 to 10 times longer than using the quick way.

You Can’t Microwave Leadership

I’ve run across people who want to microwave themselves to leadership. They want it quick and easy.

These so-called leaders want:

There are leaders who lead by title only.

You know the ones. They push forward through threats of intimidation and power grabs.

No one really likes them. Yet they continue to work for them because of fear.

titles are unimportant, this is

Title Means Nothing

People have had titles bestowed upon them for ages. Sometimes they’re right to give the title. Other times they’re not.

They give a title so someone who’s looking for power or wealth. This person feels entitled and abuses the title.

So much so, others see through the veneer. And they begin to revolt.

These followers might not tell the leader by title only their thoughts. Rather they may:

Stop working hard

Begin talking behind the leadership’s back

Look for new work

Plot to overthrow the current leader

We can all rule by title. We can’t lead by title alone, though.