Leadership and Transformation

Leadership is leadership, but context is still king. I lead differently in church ministry than I do in my day job, but several principles superintend both contexts.  Two items have been particularly helpful in providing thought-fodder lately:

5 Voices: How to Communicate Effectively with Everyone You Lead, by Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram.  I’ll review this book here soon.

The second item is a Harvard Business Review article from over 20 years ago:  “Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail,” by John Kotter.   I am currently guilty of seven of the eight reasons he discusses but rather than marinating in the negative I have instead turned them into positive principles for tackling a tough leadership endeavor:

  1. Create a clear sense of urgency.
  2. Enlist a “Guiding Coalition”
  3. Establish a vision you can communicate. Not just plans, programs, and directives.
  4. Overcommunicate the vision.
  5. Remove obstacles and empower people.
  6. Plan for near-term wins.
  7. Build off of wins to tackle larger systems and structures.