Leadership Development: More Than Words

I was reflecting recently on some of the teachers who’ve had the biggest impact on my life. I found it strange that I cannot very well recall words they said. But I can tell you the specifics of how they impacted my life.

One was a model of humility. Another. an example of a voracious learner. And yet, another exhibited the spirit of strong leadership.

While I may not remember their words, I will never forget their spirit.

Great teachers understand that HOW they communicate is just as important as WHAT they communicate.

Someone asked me recently are there intangibles I need to be aware of when I am training leaders? That’s an insightful question. And the answer is ABSOLUTELY. The spirit, passion, and character you display when you teach may very well have the biggest and longest lasting impact on those you teach.

Check out more on this thought from this week’s video.

Discussion Questions

What teacher or trainer had the biggest impact on your character? In what specific way did that person influence you?

What are some specific ways you as a trainer/developer can influence the character of those you train?

What are some negative traits that we could unintentionally model for our learners? How does that tend to happen?

What is one thing you can do to better shape the character of those you train?

What is a Leadership Pipeline?

Have you ever read a book that radically changed your perspective on something?

That’s what happened to me back in 2004 when I read The Leadership Pipeline by Drotter, Noel and Charan. When I turned the last page and laid the book down I looked at leadership development in a totally different light.

And even though it is a business book, it also changed the way I looked at discipleship. This concept of the leadership pipeline  helped me realize there should be a logical pathway leaders can progress through that enables their development to be intentional and sequential.

Today there are many people talking about a leadership pipeline but I still find that very few have read the book or fully understand the concept. So in this weeks video I share the origin of the leadership pipeline, an overview and three tips to help you better capitalize on the concept.

Discussion Questions

How would you grade your current leadership development efforts A, B, C, D or F?

What are you doing well?

What is one thing that you feel needs to be improved in your leadership development efforts?

How do you think aligning the structure of your organization according to the leadership pipeline levels would benefit your organization?

What challenges do you see to aligning the language and levels of your structure?

What next steps do you think you need to take to more effectively use the leadership pipeline concept?

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Are Your Leaders Quitting?

Leaders quit.

It happens all the time. They get a job transfer, they feel called to a different industry or they hit a season of life where they just don’t want to lead any more.  It happens, and there’s not a lot we can do about it.

But sometimes leaders quit because we made a bad decision, we didn’t show them that they were valued, we didn’t give them the resources they needed to do their job, or we didn’t provide the training and coaching they needed. It happens, but there is a lot we can do about that.

When leaders quit from circumstances outside our control, that’s okay and that’s going to happen.

When leaders quit because we’ve not lead well…well, we need to fix it. Don’t let your organization lose great leaders because you’re not being a great leader.


Fail Different

If at first you don’t succeed don’t try again, at least don’t try again the same exact way.

Each successive try should be done differently so that in trying you’re growing, learning and sharpening your leadership. In time you’ll get it right and be wiser for the efforts.

It’s hard to learn when you’re not challenging yourselves to fail differently.



3 Disciplines that Will Make You a Better Teacher

I never want to grow stale as a trainer. After so many years of developing others, it’s tempting to put it on cruise control. That’s why I work to maintain certain disciplines as a trainer. Here are three things I want to do every time I train:

  1. I want to learn something new about the topic before I teach it.
  2. I want to maintain the posture of a learner by seeking to learn something new during the session from the learners.
  3. I want to process through each exercise and question in advance so I can be focused and flexible during the session.

These are three disciplines I believe will make me a better trainer.

What’s one discipline you want to maintain every time you train?