Tag: Potential

Catalyst…part 1

A catalyst is “a substance that increases the rate of chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change.”

When a leader serves as a catalyst amazing developments can occur.

In their book, The Starfish and the Spider, Brafman and Beckstrom researched several areas concerning leadership and the qualities of a catalyst.

Consistent with each was their desire to help others. As I read through the examples, there is a great connection to a spiritual catalyst.

Catalysts help others see their potential in the Lord’s kingdom.

Catalysts help others implement plans to reach their potential.

Catalysts help others connect with people who can assist them reach their potential.

Potential

Potential often describes the possibility of something occurring if the right conditions or circumstances are in place.

Potential also relates to the capacity of someone to become or develop into something in the future.

Three basic areas exist when considering ways to determine potential.

Actions: What has been done over the past five or ten years that lays a foundation for the future?

Abilities:
With training and practice, abilities can change. What exists that can be built upon?

Attitude:
When a positive attitude and determination exists, potential is unlimited.

Potentially speaking, leaders can examine these three areas and set powerful goals for the future.

Choices, Chances, Changes

What kind of change is needed for our leadership to thrive?

Zig Ziglar refers to the 3 C’s of life: “Choices, Chances, Changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.”

Leadership factors into every area of life. How will we use our influence to help others?

Leading others to reach their potential ceases to exist when protecting ourselves is all that matters.

However, we can choose to take a chance. When this paradigm shift occurs, the focus is on a values-based leadership that invests in what is best for others, developing them to reach their potential.

Last Chance

We have no way of knowing how long we have before desperation creates a situation of panic and despair.

A number of warning signs may indicate we face the last chance for something significant when considering our leadership.

This may be the last chance to…

a) Help someone reach their potential in fulfilling personal dreams and goals.
b) Prepare those closest with a legacy that will help them carry on without us.
c) Build a relationship that improves our ability to lead others to greater success.

If we treat every opportunity as the last chance, what we accomplish may make a lasting difference.

Respite

Few things are more important for life and leadership than respite, a time of rest. Consider…

Respite is not an extended vacation.
Although an extended vacation might be helpful and needed, the idea involves a shorter period to recoup.

Utilize the time to its fullest potential. The intent behind this suggestion means we need to remove or set aside obstacles that might distract our rest: cell-phone, laptop, television, etc.

Focus on a greater source of strength.
A moment in prayer to seek help from God to provide strength would be a powerful start.

Leaders rarely take time to focus on respite, but it will make a difference.

Potential to Grow

The following expression is significant: “Every conversation is important. When a specific wording is missed or an inappropriate judgment made, it can temporarily or permanently stunt another person’s potential to grow in leadership.”

If we understood how our words might promote or hinder the leadership potential of another person, would we give more careful thought to what we say?

Solomon reminds us that the power of life and death are in the tongue. With our words we either build up or tear down.

We must not allow anything to influence our words in such a way that it would discourage someone from reaching their leadership potential.

Becoming More

Do we see life as a gift? If so, what stewardship goes with the gift?

Since there is a privilege, opportunity, and responsibility attached to this stewardship, what will we do? Are we content with the status quo? Will we strive to excel in using our God given abilities to the fullest potential?

Life is not an opportunity to focus on self. In fact, when we focus on ourselves, our view of life is biased and we are more about taking than giving.

We have a great gift and it is up to us to do something that benefits the lives of others by becoming more.

Potential…Part 4

Let me share three ideas to help each of us move toward greater potential.

Remind others of the possibilities. When we do so, we accomplish the need for a supportive coalition and we create an accountability team.

Develop the plan into sections. The big picture can overwhelm and discourage us from the task at hand. Plan smaller sections and build on short-term wins.

Begin now. Potential is not reached by thinking about what we should have done years ago, or by procrastination. The best time to start is NOW!

Potential…Part 2

Yesterday, I mentioned three areas that can be used to determine potential.

Actions: They speak louder than words. What is the person or team under consideration doing? What activities can we list to explain the actions of the individual or team?

Abilities:
While examining someone else’s actions, we can assess specific abilities demonstrated by them. Like potential, everyone has abilities, and the greater the abilities, the greater the potential.

Attitude: Not everyone has the right kind of attitude. The attitude we need is one laced with the desire to do whatever it takes to reach this potential.

If you think of others, please share.

Potential…Part 1

Measuring potential as an individual or a team is challenging.

John Maxwell calls it, “The Law of the Lid.” Here, he discusses the potential of leaders. When the ability of a leader is raised in keeping with the same level of dedication, the overall success of influence increases dramatically, thus reaching greater potential.

Three components help determine the potential of each individual or team: Actions, Abilities, and Attitude.

Leaders carry the responsibility of helping others reach their potential, however small or great the potential.

Tomorrow, I will briefly share a few thoughts related to these three components.