MOVE FROM NATURAL TO SUPERNATURAL LEADERSHIP

More great advice from Dr Jim Harris: A common mistake for believers in business is to lead more from their natural leadership than from their supernatural leadership. Yet taking the leap from natural into supernatural leadership is much easier than you may think. Moreover, if you are only operating in the natural, you are ignoring the Holy Spirit (third person of the Trinity) who now lives within your Spirit. “The Spirit of man is the lamp  of Lord, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.” Proverbs 20:27

CPi Terms of sale p2053

Here are the key differences with three compelling reasons to take the leap into supernatural leadership.

Too Much Natural Leadership?

natural adj: formulated by human reason alone rather than revelation; occurring in conformity with the ordinary course of nature; not marvelous or supernatural; operating in the physical world as opposed to the spiritual world.

supernatural adj: unable to be explained by explained by laws of nature; of or relating to an order or existence beyond the visible, observable universe & especially of or relating to God.

It is so easy—even tempting—to lead from the natural man. We live in a natural body, work in a natural work surrounded by millions of others who only attempt to leverage and grow their natural skills. So we fall prey to succumbing to the trap of natural leadership—just like so many others.

You may be leaning too much on your natural leadership if you currently struggle with:

  • What to do next
  • How to get there—wherever “there” is
  • Slugging through the status quo of doing the same things over and over
  • Desiring different, better results but never seeming to break through
  • Which leadership guru/expert to follow
  • Solving the same problems over and over
  • Motivating yourself or your team
  • Fear of losing your business, home or lifestyle

If any of these describes you, I suggest it is time for you take the leap into supernatural leadership.

Here are three big reasons to take the leap:

1. From education to revelation. “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:9-10).

Natural leadership focuses on the wisdom of man. From secular business books, magazines and endless conferences and blogs, it is easy to over-educate our natural heads with worldly “wisdom.”

Supernatural leadership focuses not upon any person’s persuasive words and spiritual-sounding insights, but on the infallible, perfect wisdom of God.

2. From misled to Spirit-led. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God” (Rom. 8:14).

As I detail in my book Our Unfair Advantage (OUA), believers in business can be easily misled. From being head-led, expert-led, opportunity-led, money-led and more, natural leaders (like I was for decades) are easily misled by the latest and greatest stuff.

Supernatural leaders purpose in their hearts to only and always be led by the Holy Spirit, who will never mislead you. He will always guide you into all truth and help you position yourself and your business for—yes—supernatural growth and impact.

3. Human-powered to God-powered. “I can do nothing of Myself” (John 5:30a).

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing of Myself. But I speak these things as My Father taught Me.'” (John 8:28).

“My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Cor. 2:4-5).

Even Jesus could not operate as a natural leader. Think about that for a minute. Jesus gave up his heavenly throne and power (Phil. 2:5-8) to operate as a man of flesh, supernaturally led and employed by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus walked as a human who gave God permission to supercharge His natural gifts and to release more supernatural leadership gifts. So can you. Imagine the potential impact!

Get Ready to Take the Leap

Let’s revisit the natural leadership list from above. If you were to take the leap into supernatural leadership, would God through His Spirit tell you how to:

  • Know what to do next?
  • Get “there” and exactly where “there” is?
  • Break through your status quo?
  • Achieve different, better results?
  • Follow the one perfect leadership guru/expert (Jesus)?
  • Solve every problem once and for all?
  • Motivate yourself & your team?
  • Overcome your fear of losing your business, home or lifestyle?

Of course He would—and so much more.

As we take this journey together, my focus will be to guide and equip you on how to take the leap into a God-directed, Jesus-gifted, Holy Spirit-empowered supernatural future for yourself and your business.

Who’s ready to take the leap?

Dr. Jim Harris is President of The Jim Harris Group, an international speaking and advising firm dedicated to helping believers in business unleash their unfair advantage in the marketplace. He is the author of Our Unfair Advantage: Unleash the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Business and numerous other award-winning business books.

A FORGOTTEN VIRTUE OF GREAT LEADERSHIP

You don’t know it all. There are limits to your knowledge, ability and energy. And while the competitive nature of our culture, which often sneaks into our lives for those in leadership, and would have us to hide all of our weaknesses in fear, there is tremendous power in becoming vulnerable with people.

managing-business-risk

This article was written for church leaders but it just as applicable to business leaders and leaders in general. Deciding to become vulnerable is risky. As church leaders (business leaders), there will be people in our congregations (businesses) that don’t want us to be human. They would prefer that we wear a halo and pretend we’re never tempted to sin in the same ways they are. They feel safer if we, as spiritual leaders, are immune to the crass realities of life.

But when we hide our weaknesses, three big problems arise:

1. Our weaknesses get worse, feeding off the shame and secrecy.

2. We become dishonest and hypocritical.

3. The truth inevitably comes out, and people are disillusioned as a result.

So is bearing our vulnerability worth the risk? Absolutely. Here are some important reasons vulnerability is a forgotten virtue of great leadership:

1. It’s emotionally healthy. Maintaining an image of perfection requires enormous amounts of emotional energy. One of the reasons we sometimes get so stressed-out and depressed is because we’re working so hard to stay behind the facade and keep everyone convinced that we’re strong.

If you are worried about your image, you are heading for burnout. Keeping people happy and impressing others is terribly exhausting, and it’s always temporary. Eventually, people get to know our weaknesses all at once.

Being real and vulnerable, on the other hand, is liberating. It’s freeing. In fact, it’s really the only way to live. James 5:16 says, Confess your faults to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much. We need to confess our sins to God to be forgiven, but we also need to talk about our weaknesses with others to find healing.

In fact, some faults won’t budge until you confess them to others.

2. It’s spiritually empowering. James also says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6b). It is impossible to lead in ministry without the grace of God. And how do you find the grace you need? You find it by humbling yourself before God and others.

Remember, pride prevents power.

3. It’s relationally attractive. Everybody is wearing a mask, and it’s what we expect others to do as well. When we choose to throw our masks away, we surprise people with our authenticity. Being real is the fastest way to endear yourself to others.

We tend to love people who area real, honest, humble and vulnerable, and we tend to despise people who are deceitful, arrogant and hypocritical. Paul told the Thessalonian believers, So having great love toward you, we were willing to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you were dear to us” (1 Thess. 2:8).

When you share your strengths, you create competition. But when you share your weaknesses, you create community. You let people know “We’re all in this together.”

Pastors are often incredibly lonely people. Why? I believe it’s in large part because they’re so afraid of the cost of being vulnerable.

4. It’s a mark of leadership. We only follow leaders we trust. The first requirement for effective leadership is credibility, and the more honest you are, the more credible you become.

Real leaders lead by example. They go first. If your desire is that the church, group or organisation you’re leading be a place where people are open, you must be the first to open up.

You must decide whether you want to impress people (which you can do from a distance) or influence people (which you can only do up close).

5. It increases the impact of your preaching/leading. The concept of preaching from our vulnerability is something I’ve written about before because it’s a really big idea. In the previous generation of great preachers, we usually asked what’s the most powerful way to preach this? Now, we should be asking what’s the most personal way to preach this?

You will always be more effective as a personal witness and a storyteller than as a skilled orator. As you preach and lead, try to answer these questions:

  • What struggles and weaknesses should I share with others?
  • What progress am I making that others could learn from?
  • What am I currently learning, especially from my failures?

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.

For the original article, visit pastors.com.

YOU CAN’T BE A GREAT LEADER WITHOUT TRUST

Here’s how Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line.

networking

  • Among all the attributes of the greatest leaders of our time, one stands above the rest: They are all highly trusted. You can have a compelling vision, rock-solid strategy, excellent communication skills, innovative insight, and a skilled team, but if people don’t trust you, you will never get the results you want. Leaders who inspire trust garner better output, morale, retention, innovation, loyalty, and revenue, while mistrust fosters scepticism, frustration, low productivity, lost sales, and turnover. Trust affects a leader’s impact and the company’s bottom line more than any other single thing. One of the biggest mistakes a leader can make is to assume that others trust him simply by virtue of his title. Trust is not a benefit that comes packaged with the nameplate on your door. It must be earned, and it takes time. As a leader, you are trusted only to the degree that people believe in your ability, consistency, integrity, and commitment to deliver. The good news is that you can earn trust over time, by building and maintaining eight key strengths:
  • CLARITY: People trust the clear and mistrust or distrust the ambiguous. Be clear about your mission, purpose, expectations, and daily activities. When a leader is clear about expectations, she will likely get what she wants. When we are clear about priorities on a daily basis, we become productive and effective.
  • COMPASSION: People put faith in those who care beyond themselves. Think beyond yourself, and never underestimate the power of sincerely caring about another person. People are often sceptical about whether someone really has their best interests in mind. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is not just an old saying. It is a bottom-line truth. Follow it, and you will build trust.
  • CHARACTER: People notice those who do what is right ahead of what is easy. Leaders who have built this pillar consistently do what needs to be done when it needs to be done, whether they feet like doing it or not. It is the work of life to do what is right rather than what is easy.
  • CONTRIBUTION: Few things build trust quicker than actual results. At the end of the day, people need to see outcomes. You can have compassion and character, but without the results you promised, people won’t trust you. Be a contributor who delivers real results.
  • COMPETENCY: People have confidence in those who stay fresh, relevant, and capable. The humble and teachable person keeps learning new ways of doing things and stays current on ideas and trends. According to one study, the key competency of a successful new MBA is not a specific skill but rather the ability to learn amid chaos. Arrogance and a “been there done that” attitude prevent you from growing, and they compromise others’ confidence in you. There is always more to learn, so make a habit of reading, learning, and listening to fresh information.
  • CONNECTION: People want to follow, buy from, and be around friends—and having friends is all about building connections. Trust is all about relationships, and relationships are Page 8 best built by establishing genuine connection. Ask questions, listen, and above all, show gratitude—it’s the primary trait of truly talented connectors. Grateful people are not entitled, they do not complain, and they do not gossip. Develop the trait of gratitude, and you will be a magnet.
  • COMMITMENT: People believe in those who stand through adversity. People trusted Jesus, General Patton, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mohandas Gandhi, and George Washington because they saw commitment and sacrifice for the greater good. Commitment builds trust.
  • CONSISTENCY: In every area of life, it’s the little things—done consistently— that make the big difference. If I am overweight, it is because I have eaten too many calories over time, not because I ate too much yesterday. It is the same in business. The little things done consistently make for a higher level of trust and better results. The great leaders consistently do the small but most important things first. They make that call and write that thank you note. Do the little things, consistently. Trust can’t be built overnight. It requires time, effort, diligence, and character. Inspiring trust is not slick or easy to fake. Trust is like a forest. It takes a long time to grow and can burn down with a just touch of carelessness. But if you focus on these eight components with every action, you will foster trusted relationships—whether with employees, customers, suppliers, or fellow leaders—that will drive results and the bottom line.

This article is by David Horsager, author of The Trust Edge

JESUS IS LORD – AND THEREFORE CHAIRMAN OF YOUR BOARD

Have you really given up everything for Christ?  Is He really LORD?Are you operating your business based on biblical principles out of a sense of religious duty or a recognition that your business is God’s business?  What are you holding back from the Lord?

 How do we glorify God

“So when they brought their boat to land, they forsook all and followed Him.”  —  Luke 5:11  

There is a difference between doing things for God and letting God do things through you, seeing Him as Saviour and seeing Him as Lord.

In chapter five of the book of Luke, Jesus gets into the boat of Peter the fisherman to preach the Gospel.  Once he completes His message, Jesus, recognising that Peter is a business man and that he and his partner caught nothing all night, turns to Peter and gives him some fishing tips.  Little did Peter know that the advice Jesus offered would produce probably the greatest one-time fishing harvest that Peter and his business partners have ever experienced. Moved by this experience, Peter comes to realise that the Man he is dealing with is the Lord, and he makes Him his Savior.  Upon making Him his Savior, Jesus speaks destiny into Peter’s life: “From now on I will make you a fisher of man.”  Peter and his partner, without hesitation, forsake all and follow Jesus.  They make Him their Lord.

Have you had a marketplace experience with Jesus?  Beyond His role as the Savior of your soul, have you made Him the Lord of your life and business? 

Can I suggest one simple change: your Board Room becomes the Prayer Room and the chair at the head of the table JESUS chair. Whenever you can’t agree on the way froward then STOP and go to the Chairman.

In Luke 18:18, a rich young ruler comes to Jesus with a request for what he must do to obtain eternal life.  Jesus’ response is that the man must obey the commandments, and the rich young ruler responds saying that he has done so from his youth.  Then, Jesus instructs him to forsake all and follow him, but the rich young ruler goes away sad, because he feels he has too much to lose.

What was the difference between the rich young ruler and Peter and his partner?  Why were Peter and his partner so quick to forsake all, while the rich young ruler was disheartened by the very mention of loss.

Peter and his Partner   

 Rich Young Ruler 

 Recognized Jesus as Savior & Lord

 Only saw him as Savior

 Desired the Righteousness of Christ

 Self-righteous

 Humble

 Prideful

 Were not attached to their  possessions

 Attached to his  possessions

 Saw their possessions as really the  Lord’s

 Saw possessions as his

 Focused on the salvation of men

 Focused on acquiring  things

 Received the crown of Glory

 Lost his soul

It is easy for us to think that once we put on the kingdom business “hat” and take a Biblical Entrepreneurship class, we are suddenly right with God and can receive His blessing.  Not so, God is looking for us to follow Him and surrender our all for His sake.  He wants us to let Him take the wheel of our life and business.  Like the rich young ruler, you may have done all that is required to receive eternal life according to the law, since you committed your life and business to Him. But have you truly surrendered your life and business to Him?  Evaluate yourself and your business today and ask the Lord to show you those areas of your life that you still need to forsake for Him.

My prayer for you today is that God will give you the grace to forsake all and follow Him through your life and business, making Him not just your Lord but your Savior as well.

Inspired by article by Patrice Tsague, Nehemiah Project International Ministries.

Is Five-Fold Leadership Relevant for Business Today?

This is a breakthrough insight which ever Christian business person needs to grasp and apply.

bible-with-light-on

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers…” Ephesians 4:11

Paul records that Jesus (“…He Himself…”) anoints some believers with supernatural leadership gifts. Indeed, these roles are critical to the functioning of any faith group. But are they relevant outside the four walls of the church? Could they be just as relevant in the marketplace as they are in the pews?

4 Key Words

The four key words in the next verse give us insight into answering this question.

“…for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12

Equipping (katartismos) is defined as making fit, preparing, training, perfecting, making fully qualified for service.

Saints (hagios) means those that believe, the morally blameless & consecrated ones.

Work (ergon) means the business, labour, employment, that which anyone is occupied, effort or occupation.

Edifying (oikodome) means the act of building up, to promote growth in Christian wisdom, piety, happiness, and holiness.

This scripture does not say Jesus gave five-fold ministry to only serve the local church, but to equip all the saints for work. And since 98% of His saint’s work in the marketplace, it is reasonable if not mandatory that these saints be equipped and released to operate in their gifts in the marketplace – not just inside the church.

Isn’t the marketplace the primary place for saints to do the work of the ministry?Already Active

Most secular organisations already apply five-fold leadership without realising its Biblical roots and foundation. These companies leverage such leadership gifts as:

  • founders and entrepreneurs, visionaries, pioneers who push into new territories (Apostles)
  • strategists, planner and evaluators, sees opportunities and marketplace needs (Prophets)
  • sales, public relations, marketing, promoters who spread the good news & inspire the team to grow (Evangelists)
  • local managers, team builders, culture-shapers, human resource and work environment managers (Pastors)
  • trainers, teachers, explainers, and coaches who integrate truth into practical actions (Teachers)

My Leadership Gifts Revelation

Recently it dawned on me that over the past 30 years, I was walking in my leadership gift roles — and did not realise it. And much of that time, I was not actively walking with the Lord.

Yes, I was saved and with salvation, Jesus gave me two primary leadership gifts: being able to peak around the corner and see what was coming down the road in talent, leadership, and business culture (Apostle) along with the skill, desire, and ability to study and explain these truths in simple, profound ways (Teacher).

Now I realise (and have been ordained) that I have been gifted by Jesus with a special anointing in two areas where He can supernaturally lift my work far beyond my natural leadership abilities, resulting in far greater marketplace and kingdom impact than before.

Stepping into Your Supernatural Leadership Gifts

As I wrote in my previous blog, supernatural leadership is simply taking the leap into allowing the Holy Spirit and the gifts of Jesus to be fully functioning in your professional/business life.

Over the next five posts, I will introduce you to each of the five-fold leadership gifts. As we explore these leadership roles together, my prayer is that Jesus will reveal to you through the Holy Spirit’s witness (Romans 8:16) your one or two primary leadership gifts. (We’ll save discussion on all the other spiritual gifts for later).

As you discover your unique gift(s), you will then realize the key channels through which Jesus desires to release His leadership power through you (Ephesians 3:20) to manifest Himself in transforming your marketplace for His glory.

Anybody out there ready to discover and unleash your supernatural leadership gifts?

About Dr. Jim Harris

President of The Jim Harris Group, an international speaking and advising firm dedicated to helping believers in business unleash their unfair advantage in the marketplace. He is the author of Our Unfair Advantage: Unleash the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Business and numerous other award winning business books.