Transformational Leadership

Monday, November 18, 2013

Jesus spent most of his time revealing the potential of those around him rather than exposing their faults. It's easy to point out what is wrong, but to help others realize their potential takes takes time, energy and patience--three things many leaders are too lazy or simply unwilling to pursue.

When you show people that they can do things they never dreamed of, you empower them to become better by removing barriers. When you point out their faults, all you do is keep them paralyzed by the fear of failure. This is the difference between releasing people and tethering them.

Lead people by showing them what they can do, not what they can't. This is Transformational Leadership. It leads people to become better than they are now and empowers them to accomplish greater things than ever before. This frees you as a leader to lead growth rather than merely manage problems. Determine to unleash the potential of those around you today.

You can read more about transformational leadership in my book Practical Thoughts on Pastoral Leadership.

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