360 Leader: 10 Questions for Self-Leadership

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compass leading yourselfIf you've been along for much of this conversation, you know how frequently I write about the need for small group point people to do to and for the coaches whatever you want them to do to and for your small group leaders. Why? Because "whatever you want to happen in the lives of the members of your groups must happen first in the lives of your leaders."

I spent some time today listening to The 360 Degree Leader, a Bill Hybels' talk from the 2000 Leadership Summit (from the Leadership Summit resource: Best Leadership Talks from the Leadership Summit). Here are two statements that I heard that reinforced my thinking:

"Leaders should carefully calculate how much time and energy they invest in each of these directions (up, down, laterally and yourself). We should invest 50% of our energies in leading ourselves. 25% in leading up. 20% in leading laterally. 5% in leading down." (Hybels concluded this from an article by Dee Hock who popularized the idea of 360 degree leadership)

A second quote stirred even more thinking:

"Exceptional leaders become so because of self-leadership." Daniel Golman, Emotional Intelligence

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Whatever you want to happen in the lives of the members of your groups ultimately have their basis in what's happening in your life. See also, Model What You Want to Happen at the Member Level.

And finally, here is a set of questions that Hybels uses for his own self leadership.

10 questions for self-leadership:

  1. Is my calling sure?
  2. Is my vision clear?
  3. Is my passion burning hot?
  4. Is my character fully submitted to Christ?
  5. Is my pride subdued? Or is my own ego messing with ministry ambitions?
  6. Are my fears at bay?
  7. Is my psychological baggage affecting current decisions?
  8. Are my ears open to the Spirit?
  9. Is my pace sustainable?
  10. Is my heart for God increasing or decreasing?

What do you think?  Have one to add? You can click here to jump into the conversation.

Image by Walt Stoneburner

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  1. Chad Smith on November 17, 2015 at 8:54 am

    [] What am I doing that I should stop doing (because it’s either eating up my time, energy, or focus)?

  2. markchowell on November 17, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Excellent question Chad!