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Leadership is a Team Sport

September 20, 2014 — 8 Comments

I feel like the most blessed person on this planet. The reason? I have the incredible privilege of leading Truth@Work roundtable groups in my region in which Christian business and ministry leaders gather together once per month for four hours. These groups (usually consisting of 12-15 leaders) act like a board of advisors to one another in helping each member to grow their organizations in a God-honoring way while at the same time challenging and encouraging one another to grow personally and spiritually. I have the privilege of leading six groups each month and it is an incredible thing to be a part of.

In the six years I’ve been doing this, one thing has become even more apparent to me: We were not meant to do life alone…especially leaders!

Blink and another innovation has passed you by. You might even be like Blockbuster Video or Blackberry and crumbling as we speak.

All because innovation came and you weren’t ready.

Know what I’m saying? Innovation is moving at an ever increasing pace. This leaves many businesses struggling to play catchup. Some never do.

What Is Innovation?

Leaders can get caught up in trying to define innovation. It’s really simple in concept: Innovation is the process of change.

The innovation may be:

VHS moving to DVD moving to streaming video

Mechanical hard drives changing to solid state drives

Print media moving towards digital media

These innovations provided a slight shift and change in the way we consumed and stored data. Honestly, it’s crazy how quickly these changes happened.

There’s a video circulating around the internet from a Michael Buble concert. During the concert, a woman approached the stage to talk to Michael Buble.

Leadership lessons from Michael Buble

Image by Eva Rinaldi

Because of the conversation, a very awesome thing took place. Watch the video below and then keep reading to see what Michael Buble taught me about leadership.

Alright, you’ve now seen what Michael Buble did during one of his concerts. That’s pretty awesome and I know there’s leadership lessons we can take away from this episode.

Here’s what I learned from this concert footage:

Don’t be afraid to approach the superstars: Michael Buble is a huge name in the music industry. Many people would be afraid to approach and engage him in conversation. Especially during a concert.

This mother wasn’t and she did what others wouldn’t do.

The thought of poverty stirs up many images in my mind. The homeless man sitting outside of the local Wal-Mart. Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. The single mother working two jobs and still not making it work.

And lately my mind has wandered to leaders who are in poverty. Not monetary poverty but a mindset of poverty.

Ever met a poverty minded leader? I think you have and you’ll probably recognize him after this post.

Poverty mindsets can ruin you

Image by Ricky Flores

What Is A Poverty Mindset?

Let’s begin with this. What is a poverty mindset? What does it mean and what does it do to you?

A poverty mindset means:

Believing there will never be enough

Someone is always out to get what you have

Seeing life as a constant struggle

Decisions are based on fear

Faith plays a major role in my life. According to my reader survey, faith also plays a major role in your life as well.

That’s cool! It’s exciting to see other leaders living out their faith as well.

Who are you praying for as a leader?

Image by C. Jill Reed

Being leaders of faith, I must raise the question: Are you praying daily in your leadership roles? If not, why not? If so, are you praying for the right things?

Every leader is different so the right thing to pray for may be different for you. Yet, I think every leader will see overlap in certain things they’re praying for.

1. Their family: First and foremost, a leader needs to be praying over their own family. Pray over your wife, or husband if you’re a female leader. Pray over your children. Go as far as to pray over your pets.