First Things First...We must take a personal inventory

  • What qualities do you think are most important for managing this group?
  • Match your skills against the job. What areas are you strong and what areas are you weak?

Three Main Leadership Skills

  • The ability to place others above yourself
  • The ability to listen
  • The ability to elicit cooperation

10 Mistakes That Every Leader Makes

  1. Repeating the same mistakes
  2. Being flexible
  3. Trying to be what you’re not
  4. Being a commander rather than a leader
  5. Failing to listen
  6. Getting caught up in your own glory
  7. Expecting it to last forever/li>
  8. Hoarding skills or information
  9. Taking yourself too seriously
  10. Missing the gray areas

Three Key Leadership abilities

  • Elicit the cooperation of others. You must be able to get others to buy into your vision of the future and the right way to get there.
  • Listen well. You have to be able to gather many kinds of information from others in order to lead; doing so requires that you hone your listening skills
  • Place the needs of others above your own needs. Leadership requires that you be willing to sacrifice for the greater goal.

The Responsibilities of a Leader

  • Developing a vision
  • Coming up with a plan
  • Working toward goals
  • Building a strong team
  • Figuring out what your team needs − and giving it to them
  • Getting people to follow through with their responsibilities

What about Expectations?

  • Having your own expectations
  • Figuring out the expectations of the people on your team
  • Meeting the expectations of your boss

Creating A Winning Team

  • Being careful in how you select your team
  • Making your team a priority
  • Letting team members share their expertise
  • Helping your team develop new leaders

Equipping Your Team for Success

It takes people time to adopt new ideas and adapt to new situations; therefore as leaders we must understand the four-stage process of adaption so we know how to present our vision.

  1. Visually: Most people are visual. Allowing them to see something new helps them to understand it.
  2. Emotionally: The next response after seeing something new is emotional. Give them time to process and sort through these emotions before you move on to the next phase.
  3. Experietially: Now that they understand something and have accepted it emotionally they are ready to give it a try. Now they are ready to move into the final phase.
  4. Convictionally: After people see something, accept it emotionally, and experience it positively, it becomes truly a part of their thinking.

As leaders we must

  • Dare to dream: Have the desire to do something bigger than yourself.
  • Prepare the dream: Do your homework; be ready when the opportunity comes.
  • Wear the dream: Do it.
  • Share the dream: Make others a part of the dream, and it will become even greater than you had hoped.