After wrapping a week of intensive coursework and classes at Wheaton this past week, here are some of the top leadership quotes that rings in my head.
1. If you want everyone to like you, go sell ice cream. (Ed Stetzer)

Not everyone will like you. Leaders will have to make tough calls that may be unpopular.

2. If I can’t lead self well, then I can’t lead others well. (Eric Geiger)

Self-discipline is a highly disregarded aspect of leadership to a certain degree.
Time. Fitness. Finance. Family. Study. Devotions. (You’re welcome to add to the list.)

3. Always prepare people for their next role and not than their current one. (Eric Geiger)

We want to develop a leadership pipeline that will prepare and move people to the greater things that God has for them.

4. Sending an angry email is like peeing in your pants. Feels good for a moment but makes you miserable for a long time. (Ed Stetzer)

As leaders, we have to learn to control our emotions. The greater the leadership, the less the privileges we actually have.

5. “The only person advocating for your time with your family is you.”-  Ed Stetzer

Leaders will have to guard their time. And some of the most important moments have to be dedicated to the most important people in your life.

6. Love Jesus more deeply so you can lead his people faithfully. – Ed Stetzer

Ministry has to overflow out of our relationship with Jesus.

7. Competency will take you only as far as your character can sustain you. – Carey Nieuwhof

Many leaders crash and burn not because they are skillful and hardworking but because their character didn’t catch up with their competence.

8. I had to decide to be ferociously organized to be significantly impactful. – Ed Stetzer

Every leader needs to assess what God has called him to do and how God has called him to make an impact. When this is clear, prioritizing will be easier.

9. “You can’t digitize discipleship but tools will enhance discipleship relationships.” – Todd Adkins

With the technology at our fingertips, we can take advantage of the tools God has given us without sacrificing values and principles.

10. Scandals make you lose your position, character issues make you lose people’s trust – Ed Stetzer

Integrity is what will fuel your leadership. Guard it. Take care of it.

11. “You can’t get breakthroughs in the drive thrus.” – Will Mancini 

Leaders can not expect changes to happen overnight. It will require hard work, diligence, and endurance.

12. Scarcity brings clarity.
We don’t have a lot, we end up focusing on what’s really necessary.

 

Yesterday’s class with Dr. Ed Stetzer started with the topic of self-leadership. This is how he defined it: the ability to nurture and harness one’s own passion, abilities, emotions and leadership capacity in decision-making.

“Great leaders begin with self-awareness and move to self-management, then proceed to other-awareness culminating to other-management. It is not linear but an interactive effect among all four factors.” (John Ng)

Why is self-leadership so important?

1. It appreciates others.

When you truly know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, you will appreciate others.

2. It prevents derailment.

Many hotshots and rising starts self-destruct and never achieve their early potential because of the lack of self-leadership.

3. It ensures long-term success.

Great leaders have a long-term perspective on life and success. They are not here for the short-term but for the long haul.

4. It leaves a legacy.

All leaders leave legacies. The question is if it’s a good or bad one. They leave their imprint on the organization through their beliefs, values, and attitudes.

Now about time valuing time, Carey Nieuwhoff who guested in our class with Dr. Ed gives us 7 Signs People Don’t Value Their Time:

1. You don’t have a plan before the week begins.
2. You have no regular rhythm to your day or work week.
3. You haven’t decided the kinds of people you are going to spend most of your meetings with and therefore try to squeeze in almost every request.
4. You haven’t figured out a graceful and polite way to say no to meetings and project requests that don’t fit your criteria.
5. You habitually show up late or miss appointments.
6. You enter into conversations and meetings without a goal or clear purpose in mind.
7. You spend two hours at your desk but have accomplished nothing (except Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Google searches)

I fail miserably as I read the list.

I love what Dr. Ed said,

“I had to decide to be ferociously organized so that I can be significantly impactful.”

That statement was dropped like a huge brick on my chest.

May the Lord help us to steward our time and talent well for the Kingdom and for His glory.