Principal 5 Language Of Ldrship

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Principal 5 Language Of Ldrship

  1. 1. The Language of Leadership
  2. 2. <ul><li>Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? </li></ul>Sounding A Certain Trumpet
  3. 3. <ul><li>The difference between leadership and mere management is communication . </li></ul><ul><li>Winston Churchill </li></ul>
  4. 4. How do we sound a “certain trumpet” and move beyond “mere management”? <ul><li>We learn the language of leadership! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Leadership Model : Three Realities of Every Leadership Situation Leaders Followers Shared Goals Leader’s Use of Language
  6. 6. Leadership <ul><li>A leader is one who mobilizes others toward a goal shared by leader and followers. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Leadership is a matter of mutually determinative activity , on the part of the leader and the followers. </li></ul><ul><li>Followers have “a say” in what they are being lead to . A leader who neglects the fact soon finds himself without followers. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>To sound a certain trumpet does not mean just trumpeting one’s own certitudes. It means sounding a specific call to a specific people capable of response. . . </li></ul><ul><li>He or she takes others to the object of their joint quest . </li></ul><ul><li>--- Garry Wills </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Language of Leadership <ul><li>Our ability to “call out of people a commitment to the deeper values of our shared cause.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Who gave the best advice? </li></ul><ul><li>Whose advice was listened to? </li></ul><ul><li> Why? </li></ul>Ahithophel vs Hushai (2 Samuel 16:23-17:14)
  11. 11. <ul><li>The Best Leaders are Painters . </li></ul><ul><li>They paint or draw a picture in their listener’s mind! </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Left Brain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>step-by-step reasoning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>logical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mathematical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>speaking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>linear </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineers, scientists </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Right Brain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>mystical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>musical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;creative&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>visual-pictorial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>circular </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Artists, musicians </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>The ear is 1/10th the organ of the eye . </li></ul><ul><li>- W. Churchill </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Leaders must help people see visions , </li></ul><ul><li>not reasons . </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>The human mind is not a debating hall, but a picture gallery. The link between the mind and the will is the imagination. You must appeal to it. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream”
  17. 17. <ul><li>I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. </li></ul><ul><li>I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. </li></ul><ul><li>I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>The Best Leaders are Poets </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>“ The greatest thing of all is to be master of metaphor .” </li></ul><ul><li>– Aristotle </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Poetry (figurative language: metaphor, similes, parables, allegories, stories/narratives, fables, images, symbols) turns people’s “ears into eyes.” </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Master the Use of Metaphor </li></ul><ul><li>Metaphor (a verbal transfer)--”a figure of speech whereby we speak about one thing in terms which are seen to be suggestive of another” </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>“ All our truth, or all but a few fragments, is won by metaphor.” - C.S. Lewis </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Images ‘feed’ concepts; </li></ul><ul><li>concepts ‘discipline’ images. </li></ul><ul><li>Images without concepts are blind; </li></ul><ul><li>concepts without images are sterile. </li></ul><ul><li>-- Sallie McFague </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Lincoln Won the War by Metaphor </li></ul><ul><li>(His favorite books: KJ Bible, Aesop’s Fables, Pilgrims Progress, Shakespeare’s Plays) </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Ship of State </li></ul><ul><li>A House Divided </li></ul><ul><li>Slavery Like a Poisonous Snake </li></ul>
  26. 26. The Bible recognizes the Language of Leadership <ul><li>Over 75% of the Bible is narrative with the rest almost completely poetry or song. </li></ul>
  27. 27. The Bible recognizes the Language of Leadership <ul><li>Jesus’ favorite form of teaching, the parable, was subversive… As people heard Jesus tell stories, they saw at once that they weren’t about God, The stories however lodged in their imagination. And then like a time bomb, they would explode in their unprotected hearts… He was talking about God; they had been invaded.—Eugene Peterson </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>The Kingdom of God is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Recognize the critical nature of “literature, history, poetry, music, and art” in your development as a leader. </li></ul><ul><li>Fall in love with stories. </li></ul>EPIC
  30. 30. <ul><li>Recognize that technical competence alone will not make you a leader. </li></ul><ul><li>You must know how to “tap into the heart and the motives of followers.” </li></ul>
  31. 31. The Best Leaders are Philosophers
  32. 32. <ul><li>Leaders can choose to communicate at various levels with those they lead: </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose (Mission) </li></ul><ul><li>Philosophy (Vision/Values) </li></ul><ul><li>Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Practices </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>The Best Leaders Communicate Above the Line: </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose (Mission) </li></ul><ul><li>Philosophy (Vision/Values) </li></ul><ul><li>Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Practices </li></ul>
  34. 34. Shakespeare’s Henry V The St Crispan’s Day Speech
  35. 35. <ul><li>If you want to build a ship, don’t command men to gather wood, don’t divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. </li></ul><ul><li>— Antoine de Saint Exupery </li></ul>
  36. 37. Learn the Language of Leadership

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