The Leadership Law of E. F. Hutton says, “When the real leader speaks, people listen.” In part one we discovered that your level of confidence and character send a message.
Your level of Competence sends a message.
Kouzes and Posner said that “the fourth most admired leadership attribute is competence” (page 17). About Christ the preacher, it was said, “Never man spoke like this man” (John 7:46).
Develop your preaching competency. We not only need character, but competency. Suppose you have a brain tumor and there are two possible surgeons. You interview the first. He has a big black Bible on his desk. He gives you his testimony and has prayer with you. You ask him, “Doc, what is the percentage of patients who are living one year after you perform brain surgery. He answers, “85 % of the patience that I perform surgery on who have a tumor like your tumor is living one year later.” You interview the second brain surgeon. He has no Bible. He is an atheist. You ask him the same question. He answers, “99.9%.” Which do you ask? It is obvious to me. I ask the first doctor to come to the OR, stand in the corner and pray while the second performs the brain surgery. But doctors also need character. What if you only needed therapy and the doctor prescribed surgery for the money? Both character and competency are necessary for effectiveness therefore continue to sharpen your homiletical skills.
Your level of Charisma sends a message.
Maxwell defines charisma as “the ability to bring a sparkle into the room. Charisma is faith, positive attitude and confidence. Charisma is what draws people to you and makes the medicine go down easy.”
The basic ingredients of charisma are a positive attitude that says with Paul “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). An encouraging disposition like Barnabas, the son of encouragement. His real name was Joses (Acts 4:36), but his friends nicknamed him “son of encouragement.” What would our friends nickname you and me? Other ingredients of charisma are a good sense of humor (Proverbs 15:13, 15); ability to remember people’s names (John 1:42); and a focus on the other person’s needs rather than yours (Philippians 2:4). Also, giving others the credit instead taking credit for ministries or tasks accomplished. There are three kinds of material in the book of Nehemiah: Narrative, prayers, and lists of names. Lists of names is greatest part of material in Nehemiah because he was always giving recognition to others.
Your level of Care sends a message .
Maxwell says that “85% of leadership is relationships.” Maxwell also quotes Theodore Roosevelt, “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”
Kouzes and Posner entitled chapter three “Leadership is a Relationship” in Credibility. The opening line is “Leadership is a reciprocal relationship between those who choose to lead and those who decide to follow.” Their first example is Gayle Hamilton vision manager of the Coast Division for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, who told Kouzes and Posner, “I have a strong willingness to be a part of what is going on, rather than apart from. I don’t think people enjoy working for long stretches for someone who won’t be part of what’s happening.” That morning, Hamilton, was at work by 5:30 A.M. along with her division council, to celebrate the first time that performance recognition checks had ever been distributed to bargaining-unit employees. Hamilton and her leaders were preparing the celebration breakfast for their 300 employees. They did the decorating, setting up, cooking, serving, and cleaning up. Kouzes and Posner concluded, “That breakfast was in many ways a microcosm of a new approach to leadership, one characterized by serving others rather than being served, based on giving rather than receiving” (page 3).
When I read that example of the new model of leadership, I thought of Jesus serving His disciples breakfast after they had fished all night and caught nothing (John 21:9-13). Jesus even said, “I came not to be served, but to serve and to give my life a ransom for many.”
If we love God with all our heart and others as ourselves, as Jesus said were the two greatest commandments, we will possess all these ingredients to impact others with our words.