Leadership Styles + Healthy Teams
11/7 - 6:30 - 9 PM @ The Commons
11/14 - No Meeting, All Online
11/21 - 6:30 - 9 PM @ The Commons
11/28 - Thanksgiving Break
12/5 - 6:30 - 9 PM @ The Commons
Godly leaders rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to lead effectively. This course will teach individuals Jesus example in leading, servant leadership, leadership styles, as well as how to lead at varying capacities.
5 Dysfunctions of a Team - This is on us!
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Week One: servant leadership
complete by 11/7
assignments due sunday 11/5
- Understand and articulate the concept of servant leadership
- See Jesus as the highest example of servant leadership
- Find and use Biblical examples of servant leaders
- Grow in areas of weakness as it relates to serving others
- White Paper: The Writings of Robert K. Greenleaf: An Interpretive Analysis and the Future of Servant Leadership
- Robert K. Greenleaf (you can read more about him here) is often noted as the modern founder of the concept of servant leadership. While we as Christians know this concept to be Biblical in nature, Greenleaf takes a stab at implying why servant leadership might be an effective tactic in the marketplace. While we won't be reading his original content, the white paper above summarizes his beliefs while adding spiritual elements to better round out the concept.
- If you want to read Greenleaf's original essay written in 1977, you can do so here.
- Article: Five Marks of a Servant Leader
- Ken Boa on Servant Leadership, parts one and two (click play below to listen, or click "download" on the right corner to listen from your own device)
- Submit a Servant Leadership response paper by Sunday, 11/5
- In appx. 1200 - 1500 words, define servant leadership and identify 10-15 characteristics from the homework and your own experience. After doing so, identify one Biblical character (other than Jesus) to use as a case study. Based on the definition and qualities you listed, how does this person hold up? In what ways did he or she succeed? Fail? Then, reflect on the characteristics of your own leadership. In what ways are you embodying servant leadership? In what ways can you grow?
WEEK two: SEMESTER BREAK
No homework this week.
WEEK three: ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
COMPLETE BY TUESDAY 11/21
ASSIGNMENTS DUE BY SUNDAY 11/19
- Grow in competence and ability to make faster and better decisions
- Understand what ministry systems and processes are best for disciplemaking
- Learn and identify the five stages of leadership with a focus on where the individual leader is in the process
- Summary of the Trellis and the Vine
- Summary of The Making of a Leader
- Nehemiah and Jethro Principles of Leadership
- Read Exodus 18:17-27 and conduct an inductive Bible study on this passage about effectively multiplying leadership
- Submit a Case Study / Problem Solving Response by Sunday 11/19
- First, read and review this case study. Then...
- Given what you have been reading this week, write a two page plan for how you would address, improve, correct the scenario provided in the case study. What types of actions would you take? What would be your priorities? What steps would you take? Consider the trellis/vine review, the stages of leadership, the Nehemiah principle, decision making, organizational structure, 5 Dysfunctions.
WEEK FOUR: thanksgiving break
no meeting or assignments
WEEK FIVE: 5 Dysfunctions of a team
complete by tuesday 12/5
assignments due by Tuesday in class
- Understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy teams
- The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
- Article: Why Teams Don't Work
- Reflect on your current role of leadership or area of influence. When lacking real life experience or influence, think hypothetically. Based on the reading, answer the following questions and bring them with you to our next meeting:
- What can you do to foster trust and vulnerability? How do you know that team unity is real and not faked? What signs or evidence would there be?
- How do you handle conflict? Is there any current conflict that needs addressing? How might you resolve that? If not, speak hypothetically.
- How do you manage ego?
- Do those you lead have a sense of commitment? What is missing that might foster more ownership or buy in? What can you do to encourage this?
- Is your team accomplishing the vision? How might you encourage a group of individuals to focus more on results or outcome?