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The Missing Dimension in Leadership

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If the stat sheet for U.S. employee engagement and productivity was your fifth grade report card you would feed it to the dog before your Mom saw it.

When have there been more leadership development resources available?

Yet, if the stat sheet for U.S. employee engagement and productivity was your fifth grade report card you would feed it to the dog before your Mom saw it.

Why the disconnect?

“It’s complicated and there are many factors including we need to blame millennials,” said the pundit. Let me make it simple.

Heart first, skills second.

You and I will never be truly effective as leaders until our heart is properly prepared.

With the right heart, we can be a bit clumsy with our techniques and still be a highly-positive influence on others. Because the genuineness shines through.

Conversely, we can smoothly deploy the all EQ, situational, and other leadership tools and eventual fail when people sense in our marrow we really don’t care. They will feel manipulated.

I remember the feeling from decades ago. Our new high school superintendent had just read Covey. He convened a task force of local citizens and asked us to help craft a new mission statement for our school. After we invested in a long, engaging session, he smugly informed us they already had one, but wanted us to see how hard the work was. I never trusted that guy again.

I know how Charlie Brown feels when Lucy yanks away the football.

The simple reason for the disconnect between billions of dollars in training and leadership failure is spiritual.

The journey to leadership brilliance begins with a humble heart prepared for:

  • servanthood
  • sacrifice
  • stewardship
  • care, and compassion

 

In short, godly, intellectual love so we embrace a lifetime of learning and honing skills.

Add skills to love and the result is true power; true leadership–accomplishing great things with others while helping them reach for the stars.

Today, for many, the missing dimension in leadership is a right heart.

(Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about a new leadership development initiative that aims for the heart and marries best practices with biblical principles!)

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