Walking The Walk Leadership Lessons From The Worlds Greatest Visionary Leader 1.2 With Scripture

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Walking The Walk Leadership Lessons From The Worlds Greatest Visionary Leader 1.2 With Scripture

  1. 1. Walking the Walk: Leadership Lessons from the World’s Greatest Visionary Leader-Jesus
  2. 2. Lessons for Leaders Scripture from the Gospel of Luke
  3. 3. Visionary Leaders (VLs)…
  4. 4. First…VLs <ul><li>Get away to think and pray before they embark on a mission </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid immediately gratifying their own needs </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid the temptations that come with power </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  5. 5. Luke 4: 1-4 <ul><li>Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness where for forty days he was tempted [ a ]  by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.  3  The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” </li></ul><ul><li>  4  Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’ [ b ] </li></ul>Copyright 2011 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  6. 6. have a vision before they begin. <ul><li>The vision is </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspirational </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global </li></ul></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  7. 7. Luke 4: 18-20 (NIV) (all scripture from Biblegateway.com ) <ul><li>18  “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,     because he has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,  to set the oppressed free,      19  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” [ f ] </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  8. 8. make some people angry <ul><li>There are 5 types of people in their responses to a new vision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visionaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Early majority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Late majority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Loyal Defenders of the Present” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>VLs focus their efforts on the leaders, not the LDPs </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  9. 9. Luke 4: 24-29 <ul><li>24  “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown.  25  I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land.  26  Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon.  27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy [ g ] in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.” </li></ul><ul><li>  28  All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this.  29  They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff.  </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  10. 10. don’t waste time on the unpersuadables <ul><li>VLs understand that not everyone will “get it” </li></ul><ul><li>VLs know that they have limited time and energy and focus on their enthusiastic followers </li></ul><ul><li>VLs encourage the enthusiastic to recruit their friends to the cause </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  11. 11. Luke 4: 30-32 <ul><li>30  But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way. </li></ul><ul><li>  31  Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people.  32  They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority. </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  12. 12. Stay focused on their vision <ul><li>VLs take time every morning to pray alone before the day begins </li></ul><ul><li>VLs therefore avoid the distractions of personal demands that could distract them from their vision </li></ul><ul><li>VLs keep a “big picture” perspective </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  13. 13. Luke 4: 42-44 <ul><li>At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them.  43  But he said,“I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”  44  And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea. </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  14. 14. Are forthright, confident, authoritative <ul><li>VLs tell it like it is, always </li></ul><ul><li>VLs have their vision to guide them, so the daily challenges don’t affect their confidence in themselves or the vision </li></ul><ul><li>VLs have their vision to guide them, so they can make big decisions without being authoritarian </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  15. 15. avoid personal celebrity that would interfere with the vision <ul><li>VLs are committed to the vision, not to advancing their careers. </li></ul><ul><li>VLs use moments in the spotlight to advance the vision, not themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>VLs understand that walking the walk is the most powerful message. </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  16. 16. recruit loyal followers by giving them a purpose and confidence <ul><li>VLs use the vision to recruit volunteers who “get it” </li></ul><ul><li>VLs then give those volunteers a purpose that’s bigger than themselves </li></ul><ul><li>VLs also create the environment where the volunteers can gain confidence through practice </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  17. 17. Luke 5: 4-11 <ul><li>4  When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” </li></ul><ul><li>  5  Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” </li></ul><ul><li>  6  When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.  7  So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. </li></ul><ul><li>  8  When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”  9  For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken,  10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. </li></ul><ul><li>    Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”  11  So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  18. 18. work with those who want to learn and be changed <ul><li>VLs invite those who they know to be potential leaders who are a work in progress and are growing. </li></ul><ul><li>VLs avoid a focus on “problem solving” or chronic “problem” people. </li></ul><ul><li>VLs surround themselves with those who share the vision and are committed to the mission. </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  19. 19. Form relationships with other leaders with different values <ul><li>VLs reach out to leaders of other networks with different values </li></ul><ul><li>VLs treat their peers with respect </li></ul><ul><li>VLs use each opportunity to send their message regardless of the audience </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  20. 20. defend their followers from attacks from &quot;loyal defenders of the present” <ul><li>VLs recognize that a group of people who don’t “get it” will be hostile to their followers </li></ul><ul><li>VLs defend their followers from attacks from this group </li></ul><ul><li>VLs avoid using these attacks to foster an “us vs. them” mentality </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  21. 21. Have a sense of urgency <ul><li>VLs recognize that their own time is limited </li></ul><ul><li>For VLs, that recognition drives a sense of urgency to accomplish their mission </li></ul><ul><li>VLs treat time as their most precious resource, not money </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  22. 22. Lead by telling stories <ul><li>VLs recognize the power of storytelling </li></ul><ul><li>VLs use parables and metaphors to communicate the vision, mission, purpose and values </li></ul><ul><li>VLs don’t waste their time on debate and other verbal games </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  23. 23. reinterpret old truths and give them a new twist <ul><li>VLs teach old truths in a new way that is consistent with their vision </li></ul><ul><li>VLs recognize that innovations that are likely to be adopted are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Familiar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet a pressing need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to understand </li></ul></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  24. 24. select a small core-leadership team <ul><li>VLs contemplate what is needed for a leadership team </li></ul><ul><li>VLs carefully invite core leadership team members who are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Committed to the vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diverse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential leaders themselves </li></ul></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  25. 25. clearly articulate the values that they believe in <ul><li>VLs not only “walk the walk”, they clearly articulate to their team and followers the: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Values to live by </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The message is repeated often </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  26. 26. publicly praise and reward those who exemplify the visionary values in action . <ul><li>VLs know the value of public recognition for good performance. </li></ul><ul><li>VLs take advantage of opportunities to praise in public those who “get it”. </li></ul><ul><li>VLs create opportunities for public praise to further the vision and mission </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  27. 27. rely on the support of their followers <ul><li>VLs do NOT do everything themselves </li></ul><ul><li>VLs rely on the willing support of their followers to make the enterprise work </li></ul><ul><li>VLs create an atmosphere where people willingly go “above and beyond” every day </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  28. 28. mentor their leadership team and answer questions about how to lead. <ul><li>VLs recognize the need for personal mentoring of the core leadership team </li></ul><ul><li>VLs take the time to teach the CLT how to lead </li></ul><ul><li>VLs are patient, and answer questions from the CLT about leadership in action </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  29. 29. don’t struggle to overcome opposition, they move on. <ul><li>VLs recognize that fully 1/6 of their audience will never “get it” </li></ul><ul><li>VLs know that they must focus on those who are most likely to “get it” and tell others </li></ul><ul><li>VLs avoid the perfectionism of assuming that if everyone doesn’t join, they have failed. </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  30. 30. give the CLT a mission, and a set of actionable values <ul><li>VLs believe in action learning </li></ul><ul><li>VLs give the CLT a real mission to advance the vision </li></ul><ul><li>VLs also provide the CLT a set of actionable values to guide them as they go out </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  31. 31. ask the CLT to report back to consolidate lessons learned <ul><li>VLs know that action learning requires “closing the loop” </li></ul><ul><li>VLs facilitate opportunities for practice and time for feedback from the team to clarify lessons learned </li></ul><ul><li>VLs know that the double loop learning requires time for reflection </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  32. 32. retreat from daily distractions with the CLT to talk about the vision, mission, purpose, and values <ul><li>Team learning requires time together </li></ul><ul><li>Teams learn best when they can focus on the learning task, and not be distracted </li></ul><ul><li>Retreats become more important as the volume of daily information increases </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  33. 33. Keep the CLT focused on the vision, not the past <ul><li>VLs understand how attractive problem solving is to “problem solvers” </li></ul><ul><li>VLs gently turn the attention of the CLT to the vision and the future </li></ul><ul><li>VLs avoid entanglements in political or personal agendas not on the path </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  34. 34. Select potential leaders, give them a partner, and send them out on a mission <ul><li>From those followers who volunteer, potential leaders are selected (not everyone is) </li></ul><ul><li>These PLs are paired up with an accountability partner </li></ul><ul><li>These pairs go on a real mission together to advance the vision </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  35. 35. keep their focus on the vision, on the CLT, and reinforce the message at every opportunity <ul><li>VLs resist distractions from the path </li></ul><ul><li>VLs make the CLT a priority regardless of competing demands </li></ul><ul><li>VLs reinforce the vision message at every opportunity </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  36. 36. sometimes take dramatic action to demonstrate their core values in action to reinforce the vision, purpose, and values <ul><li>VLs understand that sometimes dramatic action is needed to drive the message home </li></ul><ul><li>VLs have the confidence to act to do the right thing </li></ul><ul><li>VLs use drama with a purpose, to reinforce the vision, purpose, values, not for attention </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  37. 37. follow through with their vision and carry out their mission regardless of the personal cost <ul><li>VLs lead with a higher purpose </li></ul><ul><li>VLs value the vision above their own security </li></ul><ul><li>VLs have an unshakable faith that doing the right thing is more important than anything </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  38. 38. empower the core leadership team to carry on with the vision and mission after they leave.  <ul><li>VLs prepare the CLT for a future without the VL </li></ul><ul><li>VLs provide the CLT with both tools and explicit authority to carry on </li></ul><ul><li>VLs leave the CLT with a vision and a mission </li></ul>Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved
  39. 39. List of Lessons for Leaders 1 Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved 1. Visionary leaders have a vision before they begin. 2. Visionary leaders make some people angry, especially those who are &quot;loyal defenders of the present&quot;. 3. Visionary leaders don't waste time trying to convince the un-persuadable,they move on to those who want to listen.  4. Visionary leaders are forthright, confident, and authoritative.  5. Visionary leaders avoid personal celebrity that would interfere with their mission. 6. Visionary leaders recruit loyal followers by giving them a purpose that's essential to enabling the vision, and confidence to step out on a new path.  7. Visionary leaders work with those who want to learn and be changed.
  40. 40. List of Lessons for Leaders 2 Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved 8. Visionary leaders form relationships with other leaders who have different values.  9. Visionary leaders have a sense of urgency. 10. Visionary leaders lead by telling stories with a message (parables). 11. Visionary leaders defend their followers from attacks from the &quot;loyal defenders of the present&quot;.  12. Visionary leaders re-interpret the old truths and give them a new twist consistent with the new vision.  13. Visionary leaders, after careful contemplation, select a small core-leadership team that is diverse and committed to the vision. 14. Visionary leaders clearly articulate the values that they believe. 
  41. 41. List of Lessons for Leaders 3 Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved 15. Visionary leaders publicly praise and reward those who exemplify the visionary values in action. 16. Visionary leaders rely on the support of their followers. 17. Visionary leaders mentor their core leadership team and answer questions about how to lead. 18. Visionary leaders act on their vision but don't struggle to overcome the opposition, they move on. 19. Visionary leaders give their leadership team a real mission, and a set of values to guide them. 20. Visionary leaders ask the CLT to report back to consolidate lessons learned. 21. Visionary leaders retreat from daily distractions to have conversations with their leadership team about the vision, mission, purpose, and values. 
  42. 42. List of Lessons for Leaders 4 Copyright 2009 Kevin Karlson JD PhD all rights reserved 22. Visionary leaders keep their followers focused on the vision, not the past. 23. Visionary leaders select future leaders, give them partners, and send them out with a clear mission in service of the vision. 24. Visionary leaders keep their focus on the vision and the core leadership team that will make it happen, reinforcing the message at every opportunity. 25. Visionary leaders sometimes take dramatic action to demonstrate their core values in action to reinforce the vision, purpose, and values. 26. Visionary leaders refuse to be suckered into pointless debates with those opposed to the vision. 27. Visionary leaders follow through with their vision and carry out their mission regardless of the personal cost. 28. Visionary leaders empower the core leadership team to carry on with the vision and mission after they leave. 

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