Legacy Leadership® Faith Version
Leadership® is a practical system that really works with people. It defines the dynamics of human relationships, and collects them into a memorable, flexible platform for successful leadership. These human dynamics, and what works in relationship and interaction, are successful BECAUSE they are God's dynamics. It is how He designed us to work together, and the principles of His will and system for human relationships have been available to us since Moses first penned the Torah, the first 5 books of the Bible. It became quickly apparent that Legacy Leadership® embodies God's will and ways for us as we lead and interact with others.
For this reason, CoachWorks® has written Legacy Leadership® into faith-based concepts, using scriptural reference and faith language, so that it might be used in practical application by Christian leaders. Most of the original 50 critical success skills translate directly across with little need for change, but there is one major difference between the secular leader and the Christian leader: God is boss. It is all about Him, not about you or me. Also, rather than relying on the fallibility of human wisdom and discernment, the Christian can trust the infallible Word of God, and trust Him for Holy Spirit discernment.
The following is a brief summary of the 5 Best Practices of Legacy Leadership®, the Faith Model. All of the concepts, behaviors, competencies, skills, etc. embodied in the Business Model Best Practices are also found in the Faith Model. Here, however, God is the Boss for the Christian Leader. His ways and will are our first priority. The explanation for the Faith Model makes this distinction. The 5 Best Practices include 10 Critical Success Skills for each Best Practice. The 10 Critical Success Skills that make up each Best Practice can be found in the Legacy Leadership® for Christian Leaders Competency Inventory.
1. Holder of Vision and Values™
For the Christian leader, this Best Practice includes, above all else, the holding of God's vision and values, His plans and intentions for individuals and all humankind, and embracing and encouraging their remembrance. The holding of God's vision and values always takes priority over secular vision and values, and never wavers in its primary priority. It includes having clearly identified personal values, "walking the talk" at all times, and intentionally modeling God's principals and values, which are integrated into everything the Christian leader does.
2. Creator of Collaboration and Innovation™
The Christian Leader understands that all people are creative, made in God's image, and as such have the ability to make opportunities for collaboration and innovation, where judgment is suspended, trust is encouraged, and disagreement is approached in humility, with a heart to reach others. Real innovation comes only with God's guidance and reliance on the Holy Spirit. The Christian leader always encourages collaboration and innovation, but always tests everything against God's will, word, and ways.
3. Influencer of Inspiration and Leadership™
The Christian leader uses his or her faith, positive attitude and the Holy Spirit's guidance to develop relationships and influence others. Risk taking, tough decisions and accomplishing goals are realized only through the Holy Spirit's guidance, not self reliance. The Christian leader ultimately works for God's glory, not self. This leader understands that God is the ultimate leader and source of true inspiration. The spiritual development of others is a primary concern, and the real work of the Christian leader.
4. Advocator of Differences and Community™
The Christian leader's loyalty is to God first, then others. He or she understands spiritual gifts, is able to discern them, and is an advocate for a God-given strengths (gifts) culture. While promoting an inclusive environment united toward common focus, Christian leaders also know they can do so only as long as God's values and vision are not compromised. They encourage collaboration rather than "silo" orientation, in all areas of life. Christian leaders help the community to be like-minded and open to the greater potential of the whole, one family, whether in business or in faith.
5. Calibrator of Responsibility and Accountability™
A Christian leader understands fully that accountability and responsibility come with being a Christian. The Holy Spirit within us acts as the "convincer" (or actually "convicter" according to Scripture) of our need to know something about ourselves—good or bad. He is the beacon pointing out where we might have wavered from God's expectations, and helps us find our way back. But it is only when we are truly connected to Him through prayer and worship that we can see this Light. This Christian leader models the highest levels of responsibility and accountability to everyone around him or her, both in business and in faith, by first seeking God's will every day in their own lives—then living obediently. These leaders rely on God's checks and balances, and require their very best in all they do.
A Faith-based booklet containing the Legacy Leadership Model translated into faith language, including a full Competency Inventory, is available through the Legacy Leadership Store. Click here to view/purchase the Faith-Based version.