Longevity in Leadership: Essential Qualities of Longtime Leaders

Longevity in Leadership: Essential Qualities of Longtime Leaders

by Phillip Lewis, John Harrison

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ISBN-13: 9780891126652
Publisher: Abilene Christian University Press
Publication date: 05/01/2016
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

1 Design a Long-Distance Career 15

Another One Bites the Dust 17

The Qualities of Longevity 19

The Long Haul 24

Reality Check (Q/A) 25

Case Study: Longevity 26

Go the Distance: Trust

2 Trust God 31

What Does it Mean to "Trust God"? 32

Why Should Leaders Trust God? 33

Biblical Leaders Who Trusted God 34

How Does Trusting God Affect Long-Term Leadership? 38

What Leaders Are Saying When They Trust God 39

Reality Check (Q/A) 43

Case Study: Trusting God 44

3 Trust Others 47

The Development of Trust 49

Trustworthiness 55

Supportive, Trusting Relationships 56

Reality Check (Q/A) 57

Case Study: Trusting Others 58

4 Be Transparent and Authentic 61

The Phenomenal Self 62

Authenticity 63

Transparency 68

Reality Check (Q/A) 71

Case Study: Transparent Leadership 72

Go the Distance: Endeavor

5 Work Hard 77

Working Hard 80

Working Smarter 82

Mapping Your Energy 84

Reality Check (Q/A) 85

Case Study: Hard Work 86

6 Non-Defensive Communication 89

Why People Criticize 90

Criticism and Ego: The "Gift" of Rebuke 91

The War Model 92

Overcoming Defensiveness 93

Dealing with Criticism 94

Reality Check (Q/A) 97

Case Study: Non-Defensive Communication 98

7 Find a Purpose Bigger Than Yourself 101

Vision Casting 102

Guidelines for Leading Change 105

Reality Check (Q/A) 108

Case Study: A Bigger Purpose 108

Go the Distance: Aim

8 Make the Main Thing the Main Thing 115

The Main Thing 117

Keeping the Main Thing Main 122

PML 123

Reality Check (Q/A) 124

Case Study: Main Things 125

9 Seek Mentors and Protégés 129

Mentoring 130

How to Find a Mentor or Protégé 134

Mentoring Techniques 135

Women Need Mentors 136

Sponsor 137

Reality Check (Q/A) 139

Case Study: Mentoring 139

10 Create a Network of Friends and Supporters 143

Friendship and Supporters among Biblical Leaders 145

How Do Friends and Supporters Contribute to a Leader's Longevity? 145

What Kind of Supporters Do Leaders Need? 146

A Final Reminder about Friends and Supporters 149

Reality Check (Q/A) 150

Case Study: Friends and Supporters 150

Go the Distance: Motivate

11 Develop Community, Collaboration, and Consensus 157

Building Community 158

Collaboration 160

Consensus Building 163

Reality Check (Q/A) 165

Case Study. Collaboration and Consensus Building 166

12 Communicate Responsibly 171

Communicate Positively but Not Disingenuously 173

Communicate Passionately but Not Theatrically 175

Communicate Confidently but Not Arrogantly 176

Communicate Clearly but Not Patronizingly 177

Communicate Repeatedly but Not Repetitively 179

Communicate Praise but Not Flattery 180

Your Personal Conversational Archetype 180

Reality Check (Q/A) 183

Case Study: Communication 184

13 Be an Engaged Listener 187

You Can't Listen in One Minute! 188

Those Who Have Ears to Hear, Let Them Hear 189

When Leaders Listen, People Speak 197

Speak with Your Ears 197

Reality Check (Q/A) 198

Case Study: Listening 199

Epilogue 203

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