Important Leadership Lessons in My Life

My father is an amazing leader who I always have looked up to.

He has a strong faith and introduced me to the writings of Peter Drucker, who is hailed as “the man who invented management”. My father and Drucker were the first steps to my learning the one thing I now know for 100% certain about leadership.

The role of the leader is to serve.

I later read a few more books that really honed this in: The Servant (where I learned the upsidedown org chart), everything by Patrick Lencioni, RSVP Selling (blog post), and the Gospels of the Bible.

Then I met and spent time with true leaders like Rusty Gordon and Charles Brewer. All before working with one of the best in the business, David Cummings.

The people who consistently teach me the most about this are my teammates at SalesLoft and my friends at the Village.

As long as I strive to become a servant leader, it makes everything easier.

  1. Stephen Covey (in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) identified two hatbis related to this: Begin with the end in mind and Put first things first. I have seen many leaders (myself included) who have focused on task lists ahead of relationship, and missed opportunities to impact lives. It is my belief that God has called us to seek relationship with Him and with others. Then, with Him and others, to do. Balancing missional responsibilities with relational opportunities can be difficult because missional accomplishment is rewarding in the short-term (who doesn’t love to check off a to do item on a task list!). The downside is that a life spent checking off tasks from a to do list leads to an empty, lonely, and unfulfilled existence. My grandfather used to tell me, You only take two things with you out of this life: your character and your friends [assuming they have a relationship with Jesus]. Focusing on the right priorities with the end in mind is a great reminder to keep focused on those tasks we are called to do while making sure our hearts are open to relational opportunities!

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