Here are my notes, quotes and thoughts from The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership by Jenni Catron.
The Great Commandment is the model of extraordinary leadership.
- Heart = Relational Leadership
- Soul = Spiritual Leadership
- Mind = Managerial Leadership
- Strength = Visionary Leadership
“God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things in the lives of others.” – Paul David Tripp
“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn
Culture conditions us to understand common leadership titles, but the word leader is still vague.
Leadership may begin with influence, but it is much more than that. You become a leader when you develop the skills and competence to put influence in to action.
Extraordinary leadership is found in a leader who has searched to discover his or her authentic self and from that place influences others to accomplish great dreams through intentional relationships, spiritual awareness, wise counsel, and relentless vision.
Examples of leaders who lead through all 4 dimensions:
- James Burke, CEO of Johnson and Johnson during the Tylenol crisis
- Nehemiah, who led the Israelites to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem
The most critical factor of leadership is self leadership. Lead yourself to lead others better. Self leadership is a willingness to make yourself uncomfortable in order to lead yourself and others to bigger dreams and greater goals.
Core Truths of Self Leadership
- No one cares more about your personal development than you do.
- No one is responsible for your leadership development.
- You can’t wait for someone else to lead you.
- No one woes you leadership.
Self Leadership Opportunities
- Consider your character
- Take time for self reflection
- Monitor Your emotional health.
- Be a lifelong learner
- Read ferociously
- Surround yourself with people smarter than you
- Develop discipline
- Set goals in all areas of life
- Know your strengths and weaknesses
- Identify mentors and continuously seek counsel.
Saying “good job” is not the same thing as providing encouragement to your team.
“I want to be the world’s leading expert on who you are and how you’re doing.”
“Trust is a function of two thins: character and competence. Character includes your integrity, your motive, and your intent with people. competence includes your capabilities, your skills, your results, and your track record. And both are vital” – Stephen Covey
Leaders are keepers of culture.
Tips on leading with heart:
- Slow down to see people
- Build time for conversation
- Have fun with your team
- Show appreciation
Leadership is servanthood first.
The ultimate authority doesn’t reside with us. We are a part of God’s plan, but we are not God’s complete plan.
Leading with your soul is counter-cultural.
Management is the method by which great leadership is executed. It puts inspiration into action It’s a stewardship engine.
Steward what you already have. It’s not about the amount given, but managing well.
“Money is a tool that helps the organization accomplish its vision. It’s not a necessary evil. It’s essential, and you as the leader are responsible.”
Tips on leading with your mind:
- Clarify expectations.
- Follow up
- Measure results. Brian Dishon from Crosspoint Church had a concept called “Equals 4 Theory” The clear goal is to arrive at four and it’s important to clarify what four is on the front end. Then he allows the employee liberty to arrive there. It could be 3+1 or 10-6
“Visions are holy commodities. Treat them with the utmost respect.” – Bill Hybles
People are inspired to bring their best when they know where you’re going and they know how they fit in.
Few people follow blindly. The stronger your team, the more opinionated its members will be and the more questions they’ll want answered.
Don’t mistake good visionary leadership for charisma, which is more about style and less about substance.
Habakkuk knew his role was to be the conveyor of the vision, not the creator. (Habakuk 2:2)
Developing Leaders Around You
- Relentlessly believe.
- Readily teach.
- Strategically hire.
- Purposeful mentor. Mentoring is less about creating a formalized ongoing relationship and more about making your knowledge available o those who show genuine interest in learning from your leadership journey.
- Consistently coach.
- Relentlessly realign. Young leaders with great potential won’t stay on teams where their gifts are not effectively utilized.
- Bravely break up.
- Embrace seasons.
- Never give up.