When Kurt came up with the idea of Leadership Pillars â€“ I honestly hadnâ€™t thought about it much. As I processed some key things that I value or repeat as a leader, these 4 things rose to the top:
Build fun into everything
I love to have fun! I donâ€™t think it is just my personality, I think everyone enjoys a good time. I want people around me to enjoy their interaction and time with me â€“ it doesnâ€™t mean Iâ€™ll always be happy or Iâ€™ll avoid a tough conversation â€“ what I do hope it means is that in a typical day weâ€™ll laugh and play together as we serve God.
It also means that when we gather as a small group, weâ€™ll spend half of the night killing it, the other half in the Word. It means that when we gather as a large group, weâ€™ll laugh as Godâ€™s truth goes down. Letâ€™s have some fun.
Lead with optimism
My leadership style lends itself to seeing a future of what could be, not necessarily the painful road of difficulty to get there. If youâ€™re going to be around me very long, youâ€™ll quickly realize Iâ€™m going to think of the end result first. I can still problem solve and understand the challenges of the real-world; I just prefer to see the future without cursing the roadblocks all day long.
The best idea wins
I love brainstorming â€“ and no single person has an embargo on good ideas. Collaboration is my favorite word in the dictionary. Even if someoneâ€™s ideas arenâ€™t the best â€“ often a riff off of them or a trigger will bring about the best idea. I love to get people together and come up with ideas â€“ it gives us a huge pile of ideas to choose from instead of one person in a lonely place of leadership hoping what they do is right or relevant. We can do it. Together.
Conflict leads to peace
Difficult conversations need to happen â€“ if they donâ€™t , something small will inevitably grow into something significant and potentially rectifying. Iâ€™ve led through this well, andIâ€™ve led through this poorly. But I do know that a little conflict is good for everyone, painful as it is.
What are your leadership pillars?