December 20th, 2009

FREE – My Favorite Chapter on Leadership Development

Building Your Heart to Really Empower Others

One of the best tweets that I received this year was the quote, “Are you going through life or are you growing through life?” This quote forces me to consider the areas of development in my life in which I am tempted to coast.

One of the those areas is my ability to empower and release others. While I constantly aspire to empower others, I am constantly amazed at the conditions of my heart that hold me back.

In 2004, when Aubrey Malphurs invited me to co-author Building Leaders, my favorite chapter to write was The Challenge of Empowerment. It is still my favorite chapter because it is the heart-building, character-shaping nature of empowerment that is hardest to realize. I recently reread the chapter and felt thoroughly rebuked by my own words.

I thought you might enjoy a free copy, as an opportunity to refresh your own commitment to empowering others this upcoming year. But don’t read it unless these four heart challenges ring true with you.  The summary chart below gives you an appetizer of the chapters content, questions and exercises.

#1 Empowerment increases he scope of unknown ministry outcomes.

#2 Empowerment requires a sacrifice of short-term ministry efficiency.

#3 Empowerment requires giving away authority that previously provided the basis of personal ministry success.

#4 Empowerment necessitates close support and authentic community with other leaders.

5 Comments on to “FREE – My Favorite Chapter on Leadership Development”

  • Bob Johnson says:

    I find your analysis to be very true, especially the leader’s inate desire for control and expediency. When one feels crunched to get it all done, empowerment of others is often the first thing to go. Yet, it is also the one thing that may have the best long term pay off. Thinking long term is the challenge, isn’t it? @revbojo

  • Tony Souder says:

    You are bringing clarity once again. The truth of how empowerment increases the scope of unknown outcomes is profound. So often we are compelled to engage only in what we personally can measure concerning outcomes and empowerment pushes way past known outcomes. Thanks.

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  • Shirley Smith says:

    I love these downloads I wish I could get every small church leaders to write them.

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