Resolved to Lead

I love what the movie Courageous teaches about resolutions fathers should make in leading their families. Working with Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, I’ve learned that many of the same principles apply to leading a team. Within families and all other areas of LIFE,  John Christian Bovee has it right when he says, “Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.”

High-performing teams tend to start with high-performing leaders. If a leader is a bump-on-a-log, leading through position or intimidation, any high-performers on their team are probably looking past them with an eye towards gaining the respect and attention of a better qualified leader higher up on the ladder.

If we are ever dissatisfied with how our team is performing, whether it is our team at work, at church, on the sports field or even our family ‘team’, we should never point the finger at the other people involved. We should always have a conversation with the leader in the mirror and ask “What more could I have done, and what more can I do now?”

Bill Hybels says “Speed of the leader, speed of the team.” He’s right. If we cannot say ‘Follow me,’ to our followers – and mean it – then we’ve got a problem, a big one. A great leader has to be able to say, “Follow my values. Follow my integrity. Follow my work ethic, my commitment, and my communication patterns. Fight as I fight. Focus as I focus. Sacrifice as I sacrifice. Love as I love. Repent as I repent. Admit wrong as I admit wrong.”

But it’s not enough for leaders just to say they are going to do these things, leaders worth following must be Resolved to live this way. This is what I love about Courageous. It calls fathers (or anyone for that matter) to live according to certain principles.

    I WILL confront evil, pursue justice and love mercy.
    I WILL pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect and compassion.
    I WILL forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.
    I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins and walk with integrity as a man [or a woman] answerable to God.

These and other statements like them should form our resolve as we lead out in our homes, our churches and all other areas of LIFE. When LIFE Leadership launches on 11-1-11, it will bring with it great opportunity to put these principles of leadership in to practice and change the community building industry for the better forever!

7 thoughts on “Resolved to Lead”

  1. Tim,
    My husband Mark and I went to see Courageous this past weekend. I cried through most of it . . . knowing first hand the problems created due to lack of healthy, strong fathers in our lives. We so need men (and women) to stand up and lead our families. I am so thankful for Team and the new LIFE business that will be launching soon. I am also grateful to the Founders of LIFE. For your leadership, your willingness to serve, and all of you being willing to mentor with men like my husband Mark who is a man of Courage to me and my family. Thank you.
    Lori Maas

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  4. This blog has soooooo much power in the content. Resolutions, applied over time, radically change your automatic responses. When you know deep in your guts what’s right, and it still seems hard to act, resolutions you have made will strengthen you. I love the quote Orrin says write often, “You can school the soul.” I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know this, one soul schooled affects many more beyond itself. I want a soul like that. Thanks Tim!

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