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11 Key Attributes Of Great Leadership

There are many attributes that various leaders possess, many of them positive and unfortunately some not so positive. People are looking for particular attributes in leaders they want to work for. Leaders that possess these attributes generally have a positive, healthy work environment with minimal turnover.

Below are 11 Key Attributes People Are Looking For In a Leader. We will creatively title them:

11 Key Attributes Of Great Leadership

  • 1. Honesty - Tell the truth; even if lying is easier – tell the truth. || “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” ~Thomas Jefferson
  • 2. Integrity - Do what’s right; even if nobody is watching – do what’s right. || “There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without principle; Science without humanity; Business without ethics.” ~Mahatma Gandhi and I will add an 8th “Leadership without integrity.”
  • 3. Visionary - Have some vision for where you’re going; empower your team to get you there and if you don’t do anything else – have some vision for where you are going. || “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” ~Thomas Jefferson
  • 4. Self Awareness - Know who you are; the good, the bad and the ugly, know who you are. ||  “He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.” ~Lao Tzu
  • 5. Risk Taker - Be willing to try new things, new strategies and embrace new ideas; even if the ideas aren’t yours – be willing to try new things, new strategies and embrace new ideas. || “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~Harold R. McAlindon
  • 6. Caring - Truly care about those you lead; people can care less about how much you know until they know how much you care – truly care about those you lead. || “Our love is like the misty rain that falls softly, but floods the river…” ~African Proverb
  • 7. Stand For Something - Lead by convictions; know why you do what you do and why you think what you think – lead by convictions. || “You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions.” ~Denis Waitley
  • 8. Spirit Of Development - Develop other leaders; without leadership development, the pipeline of leadership is halted – develop other leaders. || “My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too.” ~Jack Welch
  • 9. Good Listener - Be willing to listen; if you’re always talking, there is a good chance you are not listening – be willing to listen. || “To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and is as essential to all true conversation” ~Chinese Proverb
  • 10. Lifetime Leaner - Learn from anything and everything; no matter how many degrees or titles you have, you always have the capacity to learn – learn from anything and everything.  || “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” ~John F. Kennedy
  • 11. Humility -  Stay level-headed and don’t think that you’re better than others; no matter how much success, praise or fortune you receive, stay level-headed and don’t think that you’re better than others. || “Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.” ~St. Augustine
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2 New Church Positions: Executive Pastor and Creative Arts/Worship Pastor

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2 New Positions: New Executive Pastor of Staff/Ministries and Creative Arts/Worship Pastor Position Openings. Brief details about these opportunities are below:

Church- Colonial Church

Location- Wichita Falls, TX

Cool Facts About Wichita Falls- Wichita Falls Texas is one of those cities that has the best of both worlds. It’s a mid-size Texas Town of well over 1000,000 that has all of the opportunities of a Big City. Wichita Falls is only a couple hour drive from Texas’ favorite Big City “Dallas” and also a couple hour drive from Oklahoma’s favorite Big City “Oklahoma City.” It’s the home of Sheppard Air Force Base, Mid-Western State University, Minor League Sports teams and lots of other cool opportunities. A couple of Quick Facts About Wichita Falls: People refer to it as “The Falls”, Elvis played there in 1956, It has the “World’s Littlest SkyScraper”, Dr. Phil lived there and attended Midwestern State University.

Cool Facts About Colonial Church- The current Sr. Pastor has been at the leadership helm for just a couple of years. He has brought a fresh new vision, leadership, creativity and passion for reaching people. In this short time, the church has experienced rapid growth (nearly doubling) and has an average weekly attendance of around 1,500. Colonial Church’s vision is helping people find and follow Jesus.

The Position #1: The Executive Pastor role will come alongside the Sr. Pastor/Leadership Team to provide overall leadership for the church. The primary focus will be staff and ministries as their is an This person should have strong strategic abilities, great interpersonal skills, a Pastor’s heart and be an organizational developer.

The Position #2: The Creative Arts/Worship Pastor will strive to advance a worship culture in Colonial Church that is Christ-centered, biblically accurate, and culturally resonant. He will develop and lead leaders to craft meaningful worship environments as well as to create media content that fulfills and advances our mission of “helping people find AND follow Jesus.”

Both of these positions will be part of the Colonial Church Leadership Team.

If you are interested in submitting your resume for either of these positions, please submit it to NxtLevel Solutions by clicking here. If you have any additional questions, need further details or would like to submit your information via email, please email Nicole nicole (at) Nxtlevel.net. All information and correspondence is held in confidence between you and NxtLevel Solutions. Should your church be interested in this type of search, feel free to contact me personally scott (at) NxtLevel.net or click here.

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Your Choices Really Do Matter

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Every choice that you make has significance.

Every decision that you make will lead you to a different crossroads.

Don’t take your ability to choose for granted.

Don’t overlook the beauty of being able to breathe.

Don’t put your dreams on the back-burner.

Don’t give your loved ones second best.

Your choices really do matter.

Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself this question:

Do I really like the choices that I’m making.

Your Choices Really Do Matter.

~SW

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Video Tribute To Stuart Scott’s Legacy

Stuart Scott was seriously a game changer… #RIPStuartScott

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What Used To Work… Is No Longer Working!

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For those of you that know me, you know that I travel a lot, like a whole lot. With traveling comes a lot of learning and people watching. One thing that I have noticed is that every time I’m in an airport there is a little booth where people are trying to get you to sign up for some credit card associated with frequent flyer miles of some sort. We’ve all seen them, as people walk by they start yelling, “Hey sir or ma’am get your card, earn some miles, get a free flight…”

The problem with their “talking & yelling” approach is that no one is listening, people continue to walk by and avoid the booth says would you like to sign up for the flu or something worse. Dave Ramsey is probably delighted to see everyone walk swiftly past the airline credit card people.

I personally think they need to STOP Talking… Nobody Is Listening. They need to try a new approach. What used to work, is no longer working.

That’s the story of life, leadership, relationships, parenting, marketing, ministry and a new year.  Sometimes we need to STOP Talking, Nobody is listening. Try a new approach: “What Used To Work… Is No Longer Working!”

Cheers To An Awesome New Year.

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11 Great Leadership and Vision Quotes

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11 Great Leadership and Vision Quotes

  • 1. “A leader’s job is to look into the future and see the organization, not as it is, but as it should be.” ~Jack Welch
  • 2. “All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” ~Orison Swett Marden
  • 3. “Big thinkers are specialists in creating positive, forward-looking, optimistic pictures in their own minds and in the minds of others.” ~David J. Schwartz
  • 4. “Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” – Goethe
  • “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” ~John Welch
  • 5. “If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants.” — Isaac Newton
  • 6. “Leaders need to be optimists.  Their vision is beyond the present.” ~Rudy Giuliani
  • 7. “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.” ~Stephen R. Covey
  • 8. “The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.” ~Eric Hoffer
  • 9. “The most elusive and desired quality of leadership is vision. Vision is the perfume of the mind.” ~Harriet Rubin
  • 10. “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” ~Theodore M. Hesburgh
  • 11. “Transmit your vision emotionally by gaining credibility, demonstrating passion, establishing relationships and communicating a felt need. Transmit it logically by confronting reality, formulating strategy, accepting responsibility, celebrating victory and learning from defeat.“ ~John Maxwell
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But God Changes Everything – Book Trailer By Herbert Cooper

Awesome book trailer for my pastor and friend Herbert Cooper’s new book “But God Changes Everything.” I can personally say, it’s an awesome book… Read it, it may be just the tool that changes everything in your life.

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Oklahoma City Pastor Preaches A Candid Sermon About Racism and The Gospel

Religion is Dead: The Gospel & Racism from Frontline Church on Vimeo.

Oklahoma City Pastor Josh Kouri (Frontline Church) speaks very candidly about race, racial IQ, the system, justice, peace, racism and The Gospel.

Real Talk… Definitely worth your while.

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Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan on NBA All Time Scoring List

Kobe Bryant passes Michael Jordan on NBA All Time Scoring List. This video has all of Kobe’s career milestones from point 1 to point 32.293. Love him or hate him, you have to respect his game.

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The Essence Of Leadership by Colin Powell

Simple yet brilliant thoughts from General Colin Powell on The Essence Of Leadership.

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