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August 08, 2017

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8 UCW AUGUST 9 - 15, 2017 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Leadership development is an essential ingredient in effec- tive businesses, organizations and ministries. When a company falters, often it can be marked up to an issue within the leadership. Churches are no different. While pastors often point the finger at the congregation, there is at least a 50- 50 chance the issue is in the leadership. Leadership Defined Leadership is the action of lead- ing a group of people or organiza- tion. Leadership exists at all levels. Parents serve as the leaders of their families. Teachers lead their class- rooms. A governor leads a state. In the local church, the pastor is the leader. Aubrey Malphurs is nationally recognized as an expert on leadership issues. His or- ganization, the Malphurs Group, trains and consults with various organizations in the area of leadership. In his book "Being a Leader," Malphurs defines a Christian leader this way: "A Christian leader is a servant with the credibility and capabilities to influ- ence people in a particular context to pursue their God-given direction." Two components stand out. Credibility Is Key A key to leadership development is credibility. In their classic book "e Leadership Challenge," James Kouzes and Barry Posner develop two "laws of leadership." e first is "If you don't believe in the messen- ger, you won't believe the message." When it comes down to it, people long for a credible leader. Just look at the state of our government as a prime example. If you believe in your leader, you believe in what they stand for. e question becomes, how can I improve my credibility? e answer to that question is much easier than you think. Kouzes and Posner's research suggests that people first listen to the words, then they watch the actions. So, make sure you do what you say you're going to do. at's true in your family, in your business and in your church. Your credibility is essential. Lead by Serving e other key to leadership development is to lead by serving. If you're serious about developing your leadership, then become a servant. If you want the people in your organization or family to take out the trash, then you take out the trash. Be willing to do what you ask others to do. Dad, don't ask your chil- dren to put their clothes away if you don't. Coach, don't ask your parents to be on time if you're not going to be on time. Pastor, don't ask your people to obey the Ten Commandments if you don't. If you walk around the campus of Carolina College of Biblical Studies, you'll see that our president is a servant. At any point in the day, you might see him carrying a bag of garbage to the dumpster. Sure, he could ask any one of the faculty members or students or simply wait for the cleaning crew to do it. But that's not him. He is a servant. e result? Now you see students who notice the trash can overflowing ... they grab it up and take it to the dumpster. Why? ey've learned to become a servant by watching their leader serve. Servant leadership is a calling to be like Jesus. Jesus told his disciples, "Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be servant of all" (Mark 10:43). If you want to develop your leadership potential, start with learning to serve others with credibility that speaks louder than words. How to Be a Great Leader by DR. CHRIS DICKERSON BIBLICALLY SPEAKING DR. CHRIS DICKERSON, Carolina College of Biblical Studies. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. (910) 484-6200. Jesus told his disciples, "Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be servant of all" (Mark 10:43). Fundamentals for Forklift Driver Welding Technology (Mig, Tig, Stick & Oxyacetylene) GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) Basic Electrical Wiring (Residential) Cabinetmaking (Advanced) Circuits and Controls Electrical Contractor's License Renewal - Prep Unit 3-6 Electrical Standard Inspection EPA Refrigerant Recovery/Recycling Certification Fundamentals of Refrigeration I CATV Communications/Cabling Fiber Optics I BUILDING/CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIAL TRAINING COMMUNICATIONS Get Certified Or Complete Your Re-Certification Training Here! (910) 678-8494 Visit our homepage to view individual class schedules: www.faytechcc.edu/continuing-education FTCC Corporate & Continuing Education Heat Pump Technology Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair & Painting Course (RRP) Mechanical Standard Inspection

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