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Study Guide - Be Worth Following

Study Guide - Be Worth Following

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Published by Tim DeTellis
Want greater influence? Be worth following. Walk through the 7 priorities of a leader in this small group study guide.
Want greater influence? Be worth following. Walk through the 7 priorities of a leader in this small group study guide.

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Published by: Tim DeTellis on Oct 03, 2013
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Leadership Priority #1 - Servant Leadership
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers o the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high ocialsexercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, andwhoever wants to be rst must be your slave—just as the Son o Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give hislie as a ransom or many.(Matthew 20:25-28 NIV)
What is a Leader?
A leader is “one that leads or guides, one who is in charge or in command o others.” Tis denition encompasses not only the objective, but also takes into consideration the well-being o the team. I a leader orsakes his responsibility toward hissubordinates, he abandons the primary premise o looking out or those under his charge.
Servant Leadership
Leaders that serve others have not abandoned their position o authority. Rather, they have come to understand that by serving others they are able to impart vision, build a team and encourage people to higher levels o participation. Servantleadership enables the leader to exhibit the ollowing ve qualities:1. Tey believe in others. Servant leaders believe in and value the worth o other people, and kindle within them a desireto excel by simply believing they can succeed using their God-given talents, ortitude and intelligence.2. Tey make it possible or others to win. Servant leaders know that when the team wins, every individual on the teamwins as well. Tey look or gis and talents both visible and hidden, in those under their charge in order to give eachperson responsibility or a part o the vision in the area o their giedness.3. Tey set the attitude or others to ollow. Servant leaders understand that “as goes the head, so goes the body.Tereore, they set the tone or the team to enable a positive, upbeat environment or success.4. Tey lead with passion. Passion is the uel that drives leaders to accomplish the vision placed beore them and mustnot be mistaken or arrogance or disregard or others.5. Tey welcome more people on the journey. Servant leaders are open or others to join in the mysterious, excitingadventure o ullling a powerul God-inspired vision that is large, and broad enough or every ollower to enjoy success.
Your Turn
Jesus modeled servant leadership as is evident by the Scripture at the beginning o this study. Read the passage again and thencompare it to the ve qualities o servant leadership.1. Do you see any o these traits in your leadership style? I so, which ones?2. Do you have any attitudes that may need adjustment or you to lead like Jesus?3. Rank the value that you place on the success o your team, your subordinates, and yoursel.4. Does your passion ocus on being the leader, on success, or ullling the vision with the team?
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Leadership Priority #2 – Leaders Stay Focused
…one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prizeor which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14 NIV)Joel, a prophet in ancient Israel, wrote “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley o decision!” (Joel 3:14). I can only imagine how that looked; people milling around conused and wondering which way to go. He saw a people wandering around with no vision o their uture, and no revelation o what they needed to change in order to escape that valley o death.
The Role of Vision in Leadership
Vision is the ability to see what is not yet. It drives perseverance, which is the willingness to do what it takes to make the vision a reality. Vision inuses leaders with passion, the uel that enables them to accomplish their dream.Te greatest lesson I learned rom my ather about vision and leadership was not on the mission eld and not in a churchsetting…it was on a sailboat. He taught me that sailing is unpredictable because o the wind and currents o the sea. Addedto that are mechanical and navigational challenges that oen present themselves at the most inopportune times.I learned rom my ather that a successul sailing trip requires complete ocus on the destination. o arrive saely, I had tomake adjustments due to storms, mechanical ailure and changing currents. He showed me that the task at hand may change,but my ocus must remain on the destination. I the ocus shis, then the danger o missing the mark becomes very real.
Stay Focused at What Cost?
Vision also determines the people with whom you spend time. Do you associate with people who build you up? I so, youwill go arther than associating with negative thinkers who tear you down. Leaders must make dicult decisions about thepeople close to them. I you discover that the majority o people who speak into your lie are negative and nd ault with the vision, then you must decide i their poisonous attitudes and words o death will be tolerated.
Your Turn
Now is the time to release the passion within to see the vision come to reality. Now is your time to press in to victory in yourGod-given arena. Now is your time to raise up a cadre o dedicated comrades who share the vision and are willing to extendthemselves to see it ullled!Jesus told His disciples: “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is t or service in the kingdom o God”(Luke 9:62). Tis same truth applies to leaders. Te vision beckons, but you must remain ocused on it. Te vision is both a journey and a destination so the need to stay ocused is paramount or its ulllment. Tereore, how will you let the vision…

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