Leading Leaders: Learning

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LEARNING


Leaders are learners. Great leaders are perpetual learners, and retain much of what they learn. Let’s test this belief. How much do you remember from the first three parts of this series? Here is a recap.

In the first three coaching sessions, we have covered critical areas of competency that leading leaders need to effectively lead leaders. We are using the text from 2 Timothy 2:1-7. See the full text at the end of this coaching.

Summaries of the the first three coaching sessions:

#1: Grace

“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”

  1. Leaders take greater risks than the norm, and therefore fail more frequently
  2. There is grace for us in the midst of failure
  3. Leaders need to give grace to others who fail
  4. You can’t effectively give what you have not received
  5. Fully receive God’s grace so you can give it to others

#2: Suffering

“Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”

  1. Great leaders with great responsibility feel the full weight of that responsibility and it is painful
  2. With leadership comes great burden, and therefore empathetic suffering
  3. Great leaders frequently fail, because great leaders take greater risk than most people, which leaders to a greater frequency of mistakes, which when made, are painful
  4. Great leaders are often called upon to make hard choices, and those choices are often painful

#3: Focus

“No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”

  1. Discipline: There is a discipline needed to avoid getting distracted by things of this world
  2. Obedience: Following of orders is an essential component of being a leader.
  3. Chain of Command: There is a clear chain of command that leaders must follow.

Now, on to today’s coaching – short and sweet:

Leaders Learn from Other Leaders

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”

When we are in the presence of great Christian leaders, we are called to learn by hearing. It does not matter what a leader’s best learning style is. Leaders are called to learn by hearing. And then, to not only hear and learn, but then to do.

Coaching Questions:
  • Connector.

    What leader do you have in your life that you are learning from?

  • Connector.

    What are you learning?

  • Connector.

    How can you learn even more?

Reference Text:
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.”2 Timothy 2:1-7