Deconstruction

Deconstruction is a hot topic button in the world of faith. Many prominent faith leaders are coming to terms that the people they’ve led are reexamining the world they believed in. More than that, many leaders of the faith have begun to deconstruct what they’ve come to believe.

For those that don’t know what deconstruction is, a simple definition may be: The systematic pulling apart of one’s belief system for examination.

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Lots of questions are raised during the process of reconstruction. These questions range from the theological to the practical. A lot of times, there’s no specific timing or reasoning for people to begin a deconstruction journey.

Sadly, a lot of those deconstructing fall away from the faith. They discover they didn’t have a firm footing to stand on. Other times, those deconstructing come back stronger with a better understanding of what they believe and why.

5 Qualities Of A Great Leader

There are many qualities or traits a leader may strive for. There are specific qualities that leaders must strive for.

These qualities are the building blocks of great leaders. Like the Bible says, the wise man builds his house on a solid foundation, and the foolish man builds his house on shifting sands.

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Make sure you’re building your leadership (and yourself) on solid ground. These five qualities will help you become the great leader you desire to be.

5 Qualities Of A Great Leader

1. Teachable:

Great leaders are constant learners. They never stop growing. They are always teachable.

Want to become a great leader? Be teachable.

Pick up a great book (you might like my book, Reel Leadership). Watch a great movie. Listen to those around you.

Find ways to learn and grow.

What’s The Point?

I recently listened to the book Your Next Five Moves by Patrick Bet-David. In Your Next Five Moves, Bet-David talks about knowing what you’re going to do before you do it. Much like the game of chess, you need to have an idea of your moves and the moves of your competitors.

One thought I took away from the book was this:

  • What’s the point in what you’re doing?

There was a lot of talk about building a multi-million dollar business. There was even talk of increasing your income to the high six-figures.

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The Trap

We can easily become trapped in the line of thinking that we need to continuously increase our income, our business profits, and our productivity. Listening to this book made me think of the book 2-Second Lean.

There’s the thought that we always have to be increasing everything. If we don’t, we’re not doing what we were put here to do.

Stop Training Your Employees To Not Try

When employees step out of their comfort zone and try something new, magical things happen. Google allows its employees to spend 20% of their time working on pet projects. These pet projects are things the employee sees that could benefit Google.

Most organizations are not like Google. They are unwilling to give their employees time to try new things, even when the organization would benefit.

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Worse, organizations often punish their employees for trying something new and failing. And the employees don’t understand why they can’t attempt something new.

This makes me think about the monkey experiment Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad wrote about in one of their books. The authors tell the story of four monkeys placed into a room. In the room is a pole with bananas at the top. A monkey begins to climb the pole so he can enjoy the banana. Reaching out for the tasty meal, the monkey is doused with cold water. The monkey screeches and retreats. The remaining monkeys each attempt a banana retrieval. Each receives the cold shower. They all give up.

10 Leadership Traits Positive Leaders Focus On

What makes a positive leader go further and farther? They focus on the leadership traits that make them the most effective, positive, and outgoing leaders that they can be.

These are all leadership traits that you can work on. If you don’t already have them.

Don’t fret. Today’s post will help you understand the traits you need and how you can get them.

10 Leadership Traits Positive Leaders Focus On

1. Humble:

The most positive leaders are also humble leaders. They know that they did not get where they are by themselves.

Instead, these positive leaders had help from others. Because of this, they understand that they will need to help others.

How to become humble: Look inside. See where you’ve come from. Look for the people who have helped you along the way. Remembering the people who have helped you will help you understand it wasn’t all you.