From Jesus, CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership by Laurie Beth Jones:
Omega Leadership has 3 categories of strength:
- Self-mastery strength
- Action strength
- Relationship strength
Jesus knew who he was instantly; he didn’t grow into his position; he was born into it and tested it by fire. If you don’t know who you are, you cannot lead.
- Jesus said, “I declare the thing is done, and it is done. My word accomplishes what I send it out to do.”
- A man’s words will fall and wrap themselves around him like a cloak. What kind of wardrobe do you have?
- Jesus said I know where I came from and I know where I’m going? Your destiny pulls you like a magnet.
Jesus knew who his boss was and kept in touch with him regularly.
- Ed Koch used to ask people on the street, “How I’m doing?” The people loved it.
- Rule by windows, not mirrors.
Know your mission statement and do not deviate from it. Do not be distracted by other business opportunities. Stick to your mission.
- Have internal anchors, don’t worry about external opinions. Do not care whether Cesar frowns or smiles. Do what you know is right by being centered (sometimes called being in a state of grace.)
- Master your energy by blocking energy leaks such as angry words, judgement, distractions, and being in other people’s business. To fix – use prayer, rest, and time alone.
- The noble leader always plans noble things.
A good idea is worth $1. The plan for implementing it is worth $1 million. Plan your work and work your plan. Remember that sometimes part of the plan is just showing up.
A professional is a person who does things when s/he doesn’t feel like doing them. Professionals stay focused.
- Jesus did not follow a group, he led it. He did not report the group, he created it.
- Leadership does not come with a detail-filled certified map. It comes with general directions.
- Leaders must have a vision, a mission, communication, and personal resolve.
- Leaders attract followers but must be willing to walk away from them so they do not become followers themselves.
- Leaders do difficult things.
- Leaders rise above controversies, jealousies, petty, personal attacks and ego slights (real or imagined) in order to accomplish anything of work.
WOWSE – With or Without Someone Else; is it your passion to complete the thing with or without someone else?
Forgiveness is like oil in an engine. It keeps the wheels moving.
Jesus showed respect by meeting people where they were and accepting them for who they were.
Jesus managed from the inside out. (Sprinkler theory…the water can’t reach the area around the sprinkler because all the energy is used sending the water out.)
Jesus always asked people, what do you want. By holding people accountable, you are allowing them to grow and to be treated as equals.
The Omega Leader take time to be with his or her staff: on picnics, at carefully planned retreats, on long walks by the river, at hospitals, weddings, funerals, and birthdays. This is where, when and how people learn what love is. When they learn they are loved, they will follow you anywhere.
Reasons for work: appreciation for what I do by others, respect, and then money.
Jesus took time to see the people in the shadows and asked them to dance, to be seen. “They also serve who stand and wait.”
To love is to serve. Love is a circle because service inspires service.
Remember that the staff is always right… at least as far as the public is concerned.
A transparent leader is full of joy because nothing is hidden. Leaders who share spontaneity and joy build love and loyalty. Bonding occurs when defenses are down and defenses are down when you are playing.
Always presume goodwill.
People were God’s gift to Jesus. He taught them and trained them. His joy did not come from the end result but from the process and companionship along the way. The people, not the plan, are your greatest gift. Enjoy them. Cherish them. Defend them. Relish them. “It is in them that I am glorified.”
A beautiful man went to heaven last night.
God filled his heart with generosity.
And He in turn poured it out on us.
A quick wit, a lover of poetry.
He taught us all he knew of love.
It is up to us now to live it.