Time for a Vision Check?

Eye Chart

While followers may obsess on the challenges immediately before them, Out of This World Leaders see the future from a distance. They dream dreams not only about what can happen now, but also about what could happen in the next year, the next decade, even the next generation.

Last year’s NIV Leadership Bible provided two lessons on vision. Along with the first, I shared a big lesson learned in developing a shared vision with the team. In the next, we learned from John’s Revelation.

Earlier this year, we learned John Maxwell’s 14th Law of Leadership: People buy in to the leader first, then the leader’s vision. Now, we turn to the final of Maxwell’s 21 Indisputable Qualities of a Leader:  Vision.

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Are You Teachable?

A few years back, I sought career advice from Mike Bonem, who successfully transitioned from life as a McKinsey consultant to the role of Executive Pastor for his church. At the time, Mike advised me to join the Christian Leadership Alliance–an organization dedicated to the professional development of non-profit executives–which has afforded me some unique speaking and mentoring opportunities.

I also read Bonem’s book In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership and subscribed to his blog. In a recent post, Bonem reminded me of advice provided by James Kouzes and Barry Posner in their seminal book The Leadership Challenge where they advised leaders “to remain humble and unassuming – to always remain open and full of wonder.”

That brings us to the 20th of John Maxwell’s 21 Indisputable Qualities of a Leader: Teachability.  What can you learn of this important leadership quality from King Nebuchadnezzar and Apollos?
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