This week I’ll be in Frisco. (Frisco, Texas that is; it’s a Frisco just outside of Dallas.) I’ll be learning alongside some of the best family ministry church leaders from all around the world. I’ll be there to lead a pre-conference lab on Wednesday, but I’m really looking forward to interacting with my new friends on Thursday and Friday. And this is where you could benefit…
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I’ve been fortunate over the past 10 years to lead some really great leaders. Leading someone with talent, skill, influence, and passion takes a special kind of love. Here are some of the things I’ve learned over the years, with some much more important than the others; but all worth being put into practice.
Loving your Leaders:
- Always start on time.
- Never speak long when you only have something short to say.
- Honesty is more important than flattery.
- Give their kids fist bumps and high fives at every opportunity.
- Pray for them.
- There is still a place for flattery.
- If they don’t drink Starbucks, then don’t take them there for meetings.
- Compliment them on their shoes.
- Keep the cynic away from them when they’re vulnerable.
- Take the time to invest in learning their kids’ names.
- Play a practical joke on them every once in a while, just to show them you care.
- Make their time in the office worth it.
- Let them borrow your stuff.
- Never tease on them in front of the people they lead.
- Cancel the meeting if you have nothing important to say.
- Give them books.
- Invite them to do things with your family.
- Let them always go first, and second, and third, and fourth.
- If they don’t like practical jokes, then don’t risk it.
- Help them with a personal problem.
- Laugh the loudest at yourself.
- Take the seat farthest from the most important when leading a meeting at a board room conference table.
- Keep the play-by-play on the obvious at a minimum.
- Advocate for them when they are within earshot.
- Let their ideas belong to them.
- Speak well of them, in front of the people that love them.
- Thank their wives or husbands for the gift of their spouses time that they willingly give away so often.
- Surprise them with small gifts, at the most unexpected times.
- Buy breakfast…often.
- Share your blessings and gifts with them.
- Give them some of your own opportunities to get the credit.
- Clean out the fridge at work.
- Pray with them.
- Give them the close parking spots.
- Say your sorry when it’s called for.
- Always end on time.
Today and the rest of this week I’ll be blogging, writing, and starting conversations with my new friends at the D6 Conference. I’m really looking forward to hearing from some great leaders and meeting people I’ve only known from online interactions.
Will you follow along with me? I know that not everybody can attend every conference under the sun; but through the power of the Internets you can be a part of D6! Visit http://d6conference.com/live to see the schedule of ways you can participate even from a distance. So hurry up and get your work done, cancel your dr. appointments, shut your office door, and join us at D6 Live!