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Session 2 Character and Competence

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Session 2 of Plenary Week with Eddie Gibbs.

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Session 2 Character and Competence

  1. 1. CHARACTER AND COMPETENCE Integrity, Survival and Effectiveness
  2. 2. Character Traits <ul><li>Rick Warren: “Your character is essentially the sum of your habits.” </li></ul><ul><li>Integrity arises from Integration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inter-connected and coherent </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consistency builds trust and dependability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We say what we mean </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We do what we say </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We neither abuse people nor manipulate them </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. David Demonstrated Character and Competence <ul><li>And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; </li></ul><ul><li>with skillful hands he led them </li></ul><ul><li>(Psalm 78:72) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Jesus as a Leadership Model <ul><li>Working with or living and caring for imperfect people </li></ul><ul><li>Taking time to train, develop, and delegate </li></ul><ul><li>Under constant scrutiny of testing of commitment and integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Required to handle rejection, criticism and opposition </li></ul><ul><li>Facing fierce competition and conflicting demands from friends and foes </li></ul>
  5. 5. Trust is Built on Character <ul><li>Max De Pree </li></ul><ul><li>“ Trust grows when people see leaders translate their personal integrity into organizational fidelity.” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Characteristics to Cultivate 1: COMMITMENT <ul><li>Arises out of conviction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Through tough times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For the long-haul </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Maintain a clear focus </li></ul><ul><li>Arises from passion </li></ul><ul><li>Pace yourself to sustain momentum </li></ul><ul><li>In some people commitment is ego-driven </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership is not about Me! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other people are there to enable Me to fulfill My purposes and ambitions! </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Getting to the top? Getting from here to there…. WHAT IS LEADERSHIP?
  8. 8. Characteristics to Cultivate 2: COURAGE <ul><li>Stand up for one’s beliefs </li></ul><ul><li>Admit mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Face the opposition </li></ul><ul><li>Survive set-backs </li></ul><ul><li>Neither reckless nor ruthless </li></ul><ul><li>Courage to confront </li></ul>
  9. 9. Characteristics to Cultivate 3: CONSIDERATION <ul><li>Concern for the personal and professional well-being of others </li></ul><ul><li>Empathy–the ability to see things from the other person’s point of view </li></ul><ul><li>Arises from genuine humility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t pretend to know everything </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No interest in creating a dynasty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jim Collins: “More plow horse than show horse.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humility is not underestimating yourself, but forgetting yourself </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Russian Nesting Dolls David Olgilvie of Olgilvie and Mather “ If you continue to hire people smaller than yourself we will end up with a company of midgets. If you hire people bigger than yourself we will end up with a company of giants.”
  11. 11. Characteristics to Cultivate 4: CALM <ul><li>Ride a storm without creating waves </li></ul><ul><li>Able to keep both our nerve and our temper </li></ul><ul><li>Composure is the consistent display of appropriate emotional reactions, particularly in tough crisis situations </li></ul>
  12. 12. Characteristics to Cultivate 5: CAUTION <ul><li>Not impatient and impetuous </li></ul><ul><li>Stops to think through the possible consequences </li></ul><ul><li>In any leadership team you need the creative tension between the courageous and the cautious </li></ul>
  13. 13. Characteristics to Cultivate 6: COMPASSION <ul><li>Compassion is empathy and caring in action </li></ul><ul><li>Begins with curiosity about other people and their experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Benevolent attitude and predisposition to help others </li></ul><ul><li>Not uncaring and judgmental </li></ul><ul><li>Coaching –helping others in their intentional change process </li></ul>
  14. 14. Characteristics to Cultivate 7: CREDIBILITY <ul><li>Embody the change you wish to see in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Earned through consistency and dependability </li></ul><ul><li>People are fooling themselves if they think they can be truly great leaders without personal transformation </li></ul><ul><li>Being honest about ourselves </li></ul>
  15. 15. Core Competencies 1: CURIOSITY <ul><li>An interest in everything </li></ul><ul><li>See links between isolated pieces of information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everything is related to everything else </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A genuine interest in what other people think and why they think it </li></ul>
  16. 16. Core Competencies 2: CREATIVITY <ul><li>Flexibility regarding rules, policies and processes </li></ul><ul><li>Innovate as they go </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build the bridge as they walk on it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have strong imaginations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a child-like curiosity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a willingness to repeatedly retool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepared for the unexpected </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Core Competencies 3: COMMUNICATION SKILLS <ul><li>Communication has to be two-way </li></ul><ul><li>It takes a community to communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders need to anticipate the responses of various groups and individuals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kurt Lewin’s “force field theory” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sensitive to those who emotionally cannot handle more change in life </li></ul><ul><li>Most Conservative: empty-nesters </li></ul><ul><li>Most adventurous: those ready for their final fling in life! </li></ul>
  18. 18. Leadership Images Conducting the Orchestra Leading the Jazz Band Max De Pree, Leadership Jazz
  19. 19. Core Competencies 4: CELEBRATE COMPLEXITY <ul><li>Complexity must not cause panic, but stimulate creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges us to think “outside of the box” </li></ul><ul><li>Difference between linear and lateral thinkers </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Know your areas of strengths and limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Need the resources of a community to handle complexity </li></ul>
  20. 20. Core Competencies 5: DEMONSTRATE FLEXIBILITY <ul><li>Cannot form long range plans for an unpredictable future </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Just-in-time planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative scenarios - “What if…?” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Understand “management” more in terms of coping mechanisms than control systems </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge does not necessarily come from experience </li></ul>
  21. 21. Mike Breen’s Leadership Principles <ul><li>Low Control </li></ul><ul><li>High Accountability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mutual throughout the team </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Low Maintenance </li></ul>

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