Leadership is hard. It’s a difficult calling and responsibility. If I finish my life and haven’t left a mark or made an impact that was significant to another person’s life, I won’t be content with that. It’s my “holy discontent,” the term Pastor Bill Hybels has coined to describe the deep passion within us that moves us to make a difference. My holy discontent is to be an extraordinary leader. I want to jump out of my skin, inspired, when I see an extraordinary leader in action. I want to go into hiding and never emerge again when I fail remarkably in critical leadership moments.
My name is Jenni Catron and I have had the privilege of serving in executive leadership at two large, multi-site churches – Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN and Menlo Church in Menlo Park, CA. In over 12 years of full-time ministry, I have frequently come face to face with my inadequacies and inconsistencies as a leader. As my responsibilities have grown, so has the awareness of my need to continue to grow my leadership skills.
And while I’ve studied historical leaders and biblical heroes, the framework for extraordinary leadership emerged for me in the most common of examples – the Great Commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)
The Great Commandment has enormous implications for us as leaders. When Jesus asked us to love God with our heart, soul, mind and strength, he was essentially saying that we should love God with all of ourselves – with everything in us. Leadership requires all of who we are – heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Heart – The heart of a leader is the truest part of who he or she is. Your heart is what most connects you with others. It’s the relational dimension of leadership. Leading from the heart is about earning influence through relationships rather than authority.
Soul – The soul is the part of us that longs to know God. It is the spiritual component of our leadership and gives us the sensitivity to engage in conversations that help lead people closer to God.
Mind – The mind is the seat of intellectual activity. It enables us to strategize and to make plans. Leading with our minds allows us to make wise decisions about stewarding all the resources that God has entrusted to us.
Strength – As leaders, we provide strength for our teams when we understand the power of vision. Visionary leadership means keeping hope and possibility in front of yourself and those you lead.Leadership requires all of who we are – heart, soul, mind, and strength.Click & Tweet!
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I believe that extraordinary leadership emerges as we learn to lead with all four dimensions in mind. While we will naturally be strong in one or two of the dimensions, when we learn to lead with an awareness of all four, extraordinary leadership emerges. I believe we can develop in heart, soul, mind and strength and live out our leadership in ways that truly change the trajectory of not only our lives but also the lives of those we lead. We aspire to leadership because we want to make a difference, we want to influence change, and we want to make a mark. I believe the Great Commandment shows us the way!