Tag: Culture

The Walk of a Leader…

Scripture figuratively uses the word “walk” to describe the behavior or conduct of one’s life. 

One of the most powerful descriptions that characterizes the Christian way of life is given by Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” 

Leaders must set the example. There is no greater example than a life characterized by continually walking in step with the qualities described in God’s word.

Consider the influence of a leader who lives each day by faith. They walk with God. They put others above themselves. They seek things above, not of this earth.

Leaders, we need to keep on walking.

Lifelong Development…

Southwest Airlines offers a program called “Rapid Rewards.” The incentive is to fly Southwest Airlines and accumulate points that convert into rewards, i.e. free flights or merchandise.

The marketing terminology appeals to the desire and drive of our culture for the immediate. 

With the use of microwaves, computers, cell phones, and high speed internet, we expect everything in an instant.

Often times, leaders want to take a class, read a book, or search the internet to find everything about leadership. Lifelong development does not appeal.

While immediacy may bring benefits or consequences, we are better served to learn that God shapes us over a lifetime.

Leaders Who Learn…

The truly successful managers and leaders of the next century will be determined not by what they know but by how fast they can learn! ~ Strategy & Business

The nature and speed of change in our world should not deter us from pursuing effective leadership.

We should not become discouraged when making decisions.

Also, we must avoid dwelling in the past, frustrated by technology, and give up.

We should be motivated to learn and learn quickly.

Our purpose must be driven by this desire, because learning helps us discover greater ways to influence others for Christ.

Event-Oriented Culture…

We mentioned time-oriented challenges yesterday. However, the majority of people live in a more event-oriented culture.

An event-oriented culture does not focus on the convenience of time, or how much time is needed to accomplish the task. The event takes precedence. Therefore, whatever amount of time is needed to finish the event will be given to it. 

There are pros and cons to both cultures and when leaders use the beauty of each, the time to accomplish each specific task becomes the key to success.

When leaders examine the current culture and lead in ways that use the orientation of the individual or group, they succeed in leading them where they need to go.

Time-Oriented Challenges…

A time-oriented culture can be tough. Everything has a place and time. Everything begins and ends around the schedule.

A time-oriented leadership also faces many challenges.

In our culture, there is the desire for what is convenient. If the amount of time needed is inconvenient, then it is unlikely people will get involved.

Leaders must work within the perimeters of the time required to carry out the work. Therefore, it is crucial to know the specifics of the needed time for each phase of the work. 

If answers are provided by leaders, then the time-oriented nature of culture can be used to reach the goal.

Leading In Culture…

Do leaders shape culture or does culture shape leaders?

We might think the answer is both, and that is true. Certainly the culture has an influence on leadership and leadership has an influence on culture.

However, spiritual leaders cannot allow the culture to dictate the direction of God’s people, but they must shape the culture into the image of Jesus.

How can leaders do so?

First, we must learn and understand the culture.
Second, recognize the need of culture.
Third, provide an example for the culture.
And fourth, guide them to a better culture.

Just a few steps can shape the changes needed to direct a greater focus toward Christ.