Everyone is a leader. The first and most important person we each lead is ourselves. Those who lead themselves well often end up leading others. To lead others well you must learn how to identify and bolster the strengths of those you lead. In the Effective Executive, Drucker address the concept of leading others well by recognizing and developing the strengths they posses.
When leading people in your organization in such a way that you develop their strengths Drucker prescribes four basic rules.
1. Create a job that can be done. Far to many organizations and churches create a job that only a genius can fill and only a savant can accomplish. We want the perfect person sometimes to our own fault.
Drucker says He knows that the test of organization is not genius. It is its capacity to make common people achieve uncommon performance.
Drucker, Peter F. (2009-10-06). The Effective Executive (Harperbusiness Essentials) (p. 80). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
2. The job needs to be demanding and big. This does not contradict point one but is a further clarification of it. If you want uncommon people to do uncommon things to use and develop their strengths that will only happen through intentional clarity. You don’t grow someones strengths by being vague and grandiose but by creating a position that forces them to grow and learn in the confines of organizational and positional clarity.
One of the biggest mistakes leaders can make is to wait to be told something. You will never affect change by waiting for change to happen to you. When leaders do decided to do something what they ask often is “What do you want me to do?” If you want to grow in your ability to lead others don’t ask “what do you want me to do?” Ask “What can I contribute?”
Executives who do not ask themselves, “What can i contribute?” are not only likely to aim too low, they are likely to aim at the wrong things. Above all, they may define their contribution too narrowly. – Peter Drucker
My friends over at Hillsong are about to release the newest installment of their curriculum. They do a phenomenal job, excellent content we use their stuff every summer. Be on the lookout it’s hitting digital shelves in August.
Here’s what we know so far –
- It’s a 9 week curriculum
- It includes elementary/primary and preschool/toddlers (first time)
- It’s all about Faith, Hope and Love
- It will be physical (DVD) and digital (download)
- Large group/small group (same format as previous curric.)
- Over 7 hours of media content! (this kinda blew my mind when we added it up!)
- New website
Here’s what may be announced (wink, wink) –
- Maybe there will be new worship music from Hillsong Kids?
- Possible there will be a song to celebrate birthdays in your ministry?
- I have heard that there may even be animated characters?
But seriously I am very happy with this new series and know that you will love it!
Jim Collins writes in his introduction to Drucker’s classic text Management. He writes:
Business and social entrepreneur Bob Buford once observed that Drucker contributed as much to the triumph of free society as any other individual. I agree. For free society to function we must have high-performing, self-governed institution in every sector, not just in business, but equally in the social sectors. Without that, as Drucker himself pointed out, the only workable alternative is totalitarian tyranny. Strong institutions, in turn, depend directly on excellent management….and no individual had a greater impact on the practice of management and no single book captures its essence better than his seminal text, Management.