The mission is bigger than me. That’s the premise behind Level 5 Leadership. That’s the whole reason for this blog. The church I started, the business you lead, or the organization you founded has a purpose that is likely much larger than you. That’s a good thing. To lead or start something that shouldn’t end with you is noble, honorable and magnanimous! That’s how legacies are generated.
Unfortunately, I meet far too many leaders that fail to spend much time thinking beyond their immediate mission and call. If challenged, they will usually tell you it matters. They admit they are concerned about what may happen to the organization after they retire or die. But, life moves at a face pace and there are too many daily operational concerns to slow down long enough to develop a plan—a succession plan.
I made an intentional decision when I was approaching age 50. What started with me wouldn’t end with me. The mission that God put me on in my early 30’s should not end with me in my 60’s or 70’s. The mission is much bigger than me. That thought was both exhilarating and sobering. All at the same time.
If you are leading a business, a non-profit, a church, a ministry, are you being intentional? Have you developed a succession plan for your organization? I recognize that not every organization is set up in a way that the leader can make such a decision. But are you initiating any conversations? Discussions? Proposals? Plans? Have you cast a vision for an intentional and wisely planned succession? All point persons will come to the end of their leadership run at some time or another. All leaders run out of time.
I fully agree with the words of J. Lee Whittington: “Being a legacy leader is not about me; but, it starts with me.”
QUESTION: What one phrase in this short read impacted you the most? Why? (We would love to hear your comment below)
It didn’t matter who, what, when or where. A Sunday afternoon Monopoly game with my brother and cousin. A six-man flag football game at my three-room country school. The 50-yard dash in the state-wide Junior Olympics. High-school basketball. Hiking to the top of an Oregon butte, a sand dune or a Pacific Ocean overlook. I love to get to the top of the mountain for the first view. I grew up with a love to win. Continue reading “Top Level Leadership”
Over three decades ago, I heard one of my earliest leadership mentors, Dr. John Maxwell, speak about the five levels of leadership. He described them this way:
1) POSITION (Rights) People follow you because they have to.
2) PERMISSION (Relationships) People follow you because they want to.
3) PRODUCTION (Results) People follow because of what you have done for the organization.
4) PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT (Reproduction) People follow because of what you have done for them.
5) PINNACLE (Respect) People follow because of who you are and what you represent.
As a young 30-something church planter, I set my sights on Level 5. Continue reading “Level 5 Leadership”
I was almost a 10 year old. We had no television in our home at the time. Growing up in a rural farm community of Oregon, I had no idea that history was being made on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Across the country that day, Martin Luther King, Jr., was leaving a memorable mark on the civil rights timeline of the United Stages. The imagination of civil rights activists and sympathizers, was captured with the leading line of the entire last half of Dr. King’s speech—“I have a dream…” Continue reading “I Have a Dream”
This website/blog will be focused on inspiring transformissional leadership successions. Intentional legacy-leaving leadership is one of my biggest passions. I love to help forward-thinking leaders plan for both their future and for the future of the organizations they lead. To me, “level five leadership” is demonstrated when the leader cares more about the success of the organization than their own comfort.
I love the words of Tom Mullins, “A transition will be one of the greatest tests of your leadership, but it will also serve as one of the greatest rewards and testimonies of your legacy.” I can’t wait to have some great conversations and share some practical learnings I’ve uncovered during my own personal journey with three successful leadership successions and through my consultations with other leaders and their transitions.
If you want to get a notice when the website is completed and the postings start, feel free drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll keep you informed!