Regardless the size of your platform, you are leader in some capacity; and within that leadership, you have influence.
Vocation is irrelevant. Well stewarded influence is the essential differential. (Jenni Catron)
I have been reading the book “The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership, The Power of Leading from Your Heart, Soul, Mind, & Strength” written by Jenni Catron. This book is based off the Great Commandment Jesus spoke when He stated “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)… In other words, Love Him with your whole being.
Author Jenni Catron defines extraordinary leadership this way:
“Extraordinary leadership is found in a leader who has searched to discover his or her authentic self and from that place influences others to accomplish great dreams through intentional relationships (heart), spiritual awareness (soul), wise counsel (mind), and relentless vision (strength).”
Jenni also notes in her book that;
Extraordinary leaders learn to lead themselves first; they develop the discipline to understand their motivations to continually evaluate their emotional health, to manage their physical health, and nurture their spiritual life… and from this; they can then lead others better.
Here at Lipscomb University in the Athletic Department, I am surrounded by great leaders, and all of them are readers. If you walk into a coaches office, an AD’s office, or any of our staff offices, it’s guaranteed that you will find multiple books on their shelves. Why? Because they know the value and importance of growing their minds to understand their influence and activating it for the sake of those that they are leading.
I asked our Lipscomb coaches to name the most influential book off the top of their head that has contributed to their coaching leadership, here is a compiled list:
Each of our coaches understands the importance of reading. When we read, we engage our mind.
“Leading well from our minds provides the structure for our hearts, souls, and strength to flourish.” (Jenni Catron, The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership)
Each of our lives, and the platforms we lead are uniquely the conduits in which God wants to reveal Himself and impact the world. Remember, “Vocation is irrelevant. Well stewarded influence is the essential differential.” (Jenni Catron)
So here is my question to you… How well do you know yourself and your motivations in your leading?
Find Out! Take the FREE Leadership Assessment Quiz! It’s going to grow your mind, help you discover your authentic self, and empower you to understand how you lead in each dimension.
To learn more about The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership, The Power of Leading From Your Heart, Soul, Mind, & Strength click on the cover image below:
To learn more about your God-Given Influence and how to unleash it, click on the cover image below:
Post Written By: Shannon O’Brien