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How To Be More Confident – Finding Your Potential To Lead

Your personal insecurities create an invisible “glass lid” that keeps you, your congregation, and your church from growing to maximum capacity and potential. When you increase your personal confidence, you will unleash your true potential and maximize your performance. Those invisible barriers will be destroyed, launching you and your ministry to the next level—and beyond! An army of sheep led by a lion will always defeat an army of lions lead by a sheep. Many leaders have associated with sheep so much that they try to lead like a sheep when they are to lead like a lion. From Senior Pastor to Baggage Carrier A few years ago, in a private leadership coaching session, I lovingly told a pastor about his insecurities and that he needed to work on building his confidence so his ministry would grow. The pastor dismissed my advice and insisted that his “personal level of confidence had nothing to do with growing his church.” Unfortunately, over the next few years, his church membership declined, along with his personal confidence. Now he works as a baggage carrier at a Florida airport. What a tragedy! Don’t let this happen to you.

My Own Lack of Confidence

Just ten years ago I was so frustrated with my own ministry that I wanted to quit and get a secular job! I went through the whole “blame game” routine. I blamed my wife, my church members, my staff, the geographical location, the devil, and even God for the lack of growth and success in my ministry. Thankfully my life and ministry changed the day I discovered what the real problem was—I lacked confidence! The greatest asset of a leader is confidence. The greatest liability of a leader is insecurity. –Dr. John Maxwell The number one cry I hear from many senior pastors is, “Nobody is committed anymore!” Confidence is contagious. People do not commit to anything unless they experience the feeling of confidence. When a leader is full of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt), followers pick it up. When a leader lacks confidence, followers lack the confidence needed to take action to make the commitment to help you build your God-given dream. LQ Solution: When a leader exudes confidence, followers reward you with commitment. When you study the word “faith” in the Bible, you find three keywords associated with that word: • Belief • Action • Confidence

Let’s Look At Belieft, Action & Confidence In More Detail

Key Word 1: BELIEF Faith starts when you know God’s will and truth. The foundation of faith in anything starts with what you know and believe. The church today is full of people who know and believe a lot of Bible doctrine; yet it is possible to believe something but not actually practice or live what you believe. Your actions must be rooted in the truth of Scripture. Key Word 2: ACTION Faith without corresponding actions cannot be called faith. Faith without works is worse than no faith at all. Verbal and mental faith is insufficient. Faith must inspire action. The apostle James teaches us that it is impossible to have faith without corresponding actions (see James 1:22-25; 2:14-20,24-26). This is where the problem lies in the modern-day church. Many Christians believe a lot of different things. However, most confessing Christians do not actually follow through with what they believe. For instance: • The majority of Christians believe they should tithe, but only 5 to 12 percent actually tithe on a regular basis. • Everyone believes we should be evangelizing the lost for Jesus Christ. Sadly, only 2 percent of modern churchgoers have ever won another person to Christ. • We believe we should read the Bible. Fewer people are reading the Bible these days; only one-third do so in a typical week. • Most Christians believe they are called to do something wonderful with their lives. However, most people in our churches today are broke, busted, and disgusted. • Most Christians believe we should take care of our bodies—God’s temple. However, most believers are overweight, don’t exercise, and have some sort of health problem. • We believe that a senior pastor should lead the church by God’s vision. Less than one out of every ten senior pastors can articulate what they believe is God’s vision for the church they are leading. Hopefully you can see the gap. The gap between what Christians “believe” and what they actually “do.” What is keeping us from actually doing what we claim we believe? Key Word 3: CONFIDENCE “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded” (Hebrews 10:35, emphasis added). Confidence bridges the gap between what you believe and what you actually do. When confidence is taken out of the faith equation, you have a group of people who are constantly learning a new truth but never experiencing the joy of applying it in their lives. Therefore, they never end up reaping the rewards and benefits of the promises found in the Word of God. Our next video is sure to teach you some more success skills. Check it out here Making An Impact Other Peoples Lives & Yours What have you learned from this Finding your potential to lead post?

What Is Your Destiny In Life

What Is Destiny?

Destiny Explained

Destiny asks the question, “What does the picture of your future look like?” Destiny is the beginning process of inventing or reinventing a person, church, or organization. Most people and organizations trap themselves in an old identity and never update who they are today and who they are to become in the future. Many people view the word “destiny” as some sort of mystical term that does not apply in the marketplace or ministry. In reality, your destiny is a preview of your future potential. Destiny begins as photographs, expectations, and hopes within our hearts and minds—things that we want to accomplish in our future. Your heart beats to the rhythm of your destiny. It’s the song that gives your life motion and the vision that propels you forward. Your destiny gives purpose to your steps. Everyone has a destiny, but not everyone walks the path to fulfilling it. Destiny is seeing with the mind’s eye what is possible for you, your organization, in other people, in projects, and in enterprises. Destiny represents God’s desires, dreams, hopes, goals, and plans for the future especially for you. Destiny is about unlocking and using your imagination to create a future you desire. Destiny is: • The imperative to exchange a life for a moral cause that will endure. • To be awakened to the opportunity to become something more than what you are right now. • To see something you have never seen before. • New possibilities. Once your eyes are open to the ultimate plan for your life or organization, you begin to experience transformation in your thoughts, emotions, energy levels, and actions. • The end result of the magnificent plan for your life. Destiny Trumps Your Past! We are asleep with compasses in our hand. –Poet W.S. Merwin

Destiny Is Bigger Than Your Past Failures

Destiny is greater than history, greater than the failures of the past, greater than discouragement, and greater than the emotional scars of the past. When you are awakened by destiny, you are empowered to see the pathway that will lead you to a brand-new destination. While the word “destiny” is not used in the Bible, the cumulative impact of destiny is defined in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (NLT). When you don’t have a sense of destiny or vision for the future, you tend to fall prey to the human tendency toward learned hopelessness and victimization. However, destiny is the daily fuel that empowers you with the ability to exercise patience, persistence, and perseverance in order to achieve your dreams. The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. –John Sculley, former CEO of Pepsi and Apple Computer Destiny points you and your organization in the right direction. One of the main reasons why leaders do not have “leadership confidence” is because they cannot see where they want to go in the future. Destiny is not about setting goals. Most churches and companies set goals they want to reach each year. There is a drastic difference between setting a goal and being driven by a personal commitment toward a destiny. Destiny always points to something bigger and better in the future. Destiny should be so big that it requires extraordinary team effort. Destiny should also be so large that it will require ten to thirty years of effort to complete. Ten years from now you are going to arrive. The question is where? Leaders of destiny know exactly where they want to go & they consistently move toward it. LQ Solution: Leaders don’t wait for destiny to show up; they receive it and then create it. Our very next video in this one of a kind video series is Destiny In The Heart Of A Leader and we know you will enjoy and learn from watching it. What a great inspiring post! Please leave us a comment to explain how this may have helped you!

Keith Shares His Confidence Story On The Harvest Show

The SHIP You Must Now Sail

The Confidence SHIP

Increasing your LQ begins with improving your mindset and bringing your inner life to its highest level. Successful leaders today will stand firm in the storms versus being knocked down by all the economic and cultural storms around them. Those who improve their LQ will invest in bulletproofing their mind-set while staying strong on the inside. A staggeringly successful outer life starts by having a staggeringly successful inner life. Focus and confidence matter! The inner life of a leader and the leadership team around him or her determines the success of the journey.

The people around you need to reflect the qualities you exemplify which are:

  • S —Security
  • H —Humility
  • I —Insightful
  • P —Passion
  • S – Security

Security provides the foundation for strong leadership.

When leaders feel insecure, they drift from their purpose whenever trouble arises. Leaders must feel secure when people stop liking them, when funding or profit drops, when morale dips, or when others reject them. If a leader does not feel secure, fear will eventually cause them to sabotage their leadership influence. I have a lot of coaching material to help you as a leader increase your confidence levels. Security is rooted in confidence, which leads to success. To Get The Confidence You Need & Want Buy The Confidence Book To Help Get You Started On Your Way!

What Is Confidence

Confidence is a positive belief in yourself, your potential, and your abilities. Confidence produces a feeling of certainty, and hope empowering you to perform at your best, create workable solutions to your problems, think big about your future, take calculated risks, and act effectively to achieve extraordinary, outrageous results—and success for you and others.

Confidence is the bridge between where you are and where you want to go.

Notice that I never refer to confidence as pride. Confidence in leaders springs from an inner humility that seeks to serve rather than be served. Humility continually asks, “What’s in this for your best?” instead of inquiring, “What’s in this for me?” Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking less about yourself because you are focused on the successes or achievements of others. It is against the law for a captain to abandon ship. Why? Because it violates the number one law of leadership: think of others first, not about yourself. Servant leadership arises from the attitude that Paul writes about in Philippians 2:1-11 (NKJV). Humility declares that my confidence is in the Lord (see Proverbs 3:26). The humble leader can be confident without being proud, assertive without being aggressive or passive, enthusiastic without being hyped, and encouraging without ulterior motives. To follow along with these video series please Click Here to see if you have missed any or Go Here To Start All Over Again! If you have enjoyed this post I personally welcome you to leave a comment or share this via social media using the icons on the right side.

Destiny In The Heart Of A Leader

Destiny in the Heart of a Leader The leadership process of turning a dream into reality begins with a deposit of destiny in the heart of a person to solve a major problem or meet an immediate need.

Leaders Of Destiny

Jack Welch took over as the CEO of General Electric (GE) during a time when the company was facing some major challenges. This leader of destiny totally turned GE around. He stated that the first step, before all other steps, was for the company to “define its destiny in broad but clear terms. You need an overarching message, something big, but simple and understandable.”1 What was the biggest problem General Electric was really facing? Apparently the lack of a clear destiny. Jack Welch and GE came up with a statement of destiny when they set the following goal: “To become #1 or #2 in every market we serve and revolutionize this company to have the speed and agility of a small enterprise.”2 Armed with a profoundly simple, clear, and compelling destiny, Jack Welch led GE into a new and prosperous future. At forty-three years of age, Henry Ford wanted to improve transportation beyond the slow pace of a horse and buggy. He also wanted to meet an immediate need of producing a car that every person could afford and own. Henry Ford led his company forward with destiny burning in his heart to “democratize the automobile.” He said: [To] build a motor car for the great multitude…It will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one—and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God’s great open spaces…everybody will be able to afford one, and everyone will have one. The horse will have disappeared from our highways, the automobile will be taken for granted.3 One of the greatest examples of destiny is Sony’s vision in the 1950s for its future: We will create products that become pervasive around the world…We will be the first Japanese company to go into the U.S. market and distribute directly…We will succeed with innovations that U.S. companies have failed at—such as the transistor radio…Fifty years from now, our brand name will be as well known as any in the world…The name Sony will signify innovation and quality that rival the most innovative companies anywhere…. “Made in Japan” will mean something fine, not something shoddy. Like Jack Welch, Henry Ford, and Sony, ignited by a destiny that was simple, clear, and compelling, your vision for a bigger and better future will serve as a unifying focal point of productivity and achievement, ultimately creating immense team spirit.

Great Leaders Imagine The Possible

You do not have to be a charismatic leader to build a great organization for the future. However, you do have to be a leader who imagines the possible and understands how to inspire and motivate others. Imagine what is possible; believe it is possible for you! To ignite a destiny requires you to think the unthinkable. You can increase your leadership confidence by using your imagination. All creation begins in the imagination, which is the primary source for creating change and the incubator of all ideas that eventually make their way into reality. Your imagination creates and preplays pictures of things you want to happen in your future. Visualize now what your achievements in the future are going to look like. Your imagination is an invisible factory machine inside your mind waiting to produce the photographs of the future you desire to create. Through your imagination, you can visualize and create a beautiful, undeveloped future that is in line with your true potential. Consider a destiny with an impact so dynamic that it will last at least one hundred years after you have expired. Your destiny should be a massive broad stroke of what your future will look like—it should not be measurable. Ready for the next video? Click Here to learn about Church Growth. Wasn’t this such a fun and exciting post! You can learn, so much! Please leave us a comment about what you have learned.

Leadership Skills That Are Needed For Success

The Law of the Lid This concept came from John Maxwell and I have taught, adapted, and shaped it for years into the following insights. When you get this law inside you, it will be a driving force. Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of impact, influence, and income. The lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid on his or her potential. LQ Solution: In order to DOUBLE your influence, impact, and income, you must TRIPLE your learning.

Making An Impact With Leadership Skills

The preceding graph in the video illustrates this point of doubling and tripling. Both represent an average person who has a desire to make a difference, influence others, and increase his or her income. The first graph illustrates a very hard-working or productive person without leadership skills. This person has a measure of success, but doesn’t have good leadership skills. However, the person has a leadership position. If this person does not continue to grow personally in leadership knowledge, his or her effectiveness and potential for impact, influence, and income are going to be very limited. Now look at the other graph titled “Impact with Leadership.” This graph illustrates a person with the exact same abilities and work ethic but with added leadership skills for influencing others. This person has started to daily develop leadership skills. His leadership skill level has risen from two to six. This person is not working harder. However, his success, influence, impact, and income have increased by 600 percent. This person’s ability to increase leadership skills completely changes the landscape of that person’s potential. When I look back to that little church out in the middle of nowhere, I was the guy at two on this scale. I worked hard over the years to increase my leadership skills, and now I am at six. I see the level of impact I made back then compared to now, and I know it is all because I’ve learned that success is not built in a day.

Success Builds Over Time

Success is built over time through a process. It is not the big event we’ve attended; it is what we do daily that makes the difference. LQ Solution: Success is built over time through a process. It is what we do daily that makes the difference. The Law of the Lid says, “Leaders attract other leaders who are equal to or below them, but will rarely attract leaders with skills above them.” It’s not necessarily your spirituality that determines how much of a difference you make in the earth. It is your ability to grow and build your leadership skills, equip and reproduce leaders, and thereby leave a legacy. I have met some of the most spiritual people in the world in my travels in hundreds of churches, but sadly most of them are broke, busted, and disgusted. They are making no impact in the earth. When my first church was stuck at approximately 150 people, I realized that in order to grow further I had to improve my LQ. I had to work hard on transitioning from a minister mind-set to a leader mind-set. I had to keep raising the bar on my leadership lid.

Church Attraction Marketing Skills

I discovered that as I started to work on my LQ, my church started growing. The interesting thing is both our quality and quantity increased. We started to attract people from all strata of culture—both down-and-outers as well as up-and-outers, wealthy and poor, blue collars and professionals. The mayor of a nearby city came, then the city attorney, and next the owner of the newspaper of the region started attending our church. I noticed that the more I worked on and taught leadership, the more leaders came to our church. We became a magnet in our region for other Christian leaders. That was what really helped us make a greater impact in our small community. Your next video is just one click away. We welcome you to keep following Keith Johnson’s success videos by visiting the next video Potential Is The Driving Force Behind Success. Did you learn some great information from this post?

God Is The First Leader We Know In The Bible

The very first book on leadership is the Bible.

Who Wrote The First Leadership Book

God wrote the first leadership book being the Bible. We know him as the first leader and the creator. We know that God’s DNA spells L.E.A.D.E.R from a earlier post on the subject. Seeing though we where created in God’s own image, that makes us all leaders inside. That is why we can take negative things and turn them into positive things because we have were created to be creative and when we use our creative abilities we tend to create things we could have only imagined that existed. Keeping this in mind it teaches us that we can be creative enough to find ways to create the income that we have always wanted to create, but have been unable to because of us being blinded by our own identities as the leaders that we truly are. Keith Johnson is here to change that and open up your eyes to your feature of being a true success that you have always meant to be and all it takes is just a little coaching, training and learning that deep down you are a leader.

A Little Of Keith Johnsons Background

Keith Johnson has personally taught the subject of confidence and leadership since 1998 and has helped many pastors over the years create and build the churches they have always wanted to have, but just didn’t know how to get there. Although there are several success stories one sticks out more than the others. Keith Johnson had spent all day teaching a pastor that he was a leader deep down inside and the truth is that we all are great leaders. This pastor went onto making his ministry gain massive growth, but he didn’t stop there he also went on to to pastoring over 25 churches and ended up being all very successful. Are you ready for the next video line up? If so Click Here to be taken to our next leadership video that will have you well on your way to success. Did you learn anything from this video blog post? If so leave us a comment!

Learning To Be A Leader – How To Be A Successful Leader

God wants you to be on top. God desires to move followers from being high maintenance, low impact, low influence, and low income to low maintenance, high impact, high influence, and higher income.

God never intended the church to operate in a survival mentality

We must move beyond a maintenance mentality to a leaders of transformation mentality. Surviving isn’t satisfactory. If you are just surviving and you know God has more for you, you have to transition out of the following mode into the leadership mode. The way to do that is to study and prepare yourself to become a leader. As you begin to grow in servant hood, excellence, knowledge, and understanding, you will start to achieve success, earn more money, and begin to see more power and influence in your life. How do you transition out of follow-ship into leadership? By studying the subject of leadership—this way you become the best at what you do. Leaders are readers. Master’s of Christian Leadership degree at Destiny College (Consider earning your Master’s of Christian Leadership degree at Destiny College.) When you move from being a good follower to a great follower, you become a model or an example for others to follow. Good followers “dabble” at what they do. Great followers become “masters” at what they do. This is your first step toward a leadership lifestyle. As others watch you and are impacted by your example, excellence, coaching, discipling, and good works, your LQ becomes manifested and real. How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar. –Trina Paulus How does one become a leader? You must want to lead so much that you are willing to give up being a follower. Are you ready? STAGE 3 – LEADER • Description of your current circumstances: Success • Your heart’s cry: “I need more time to invest into my leaders!” • Internal Questions: “How successful can we become? Do we need a bigger church, more staff, more marketing, and more etc.? Do we look successful?” • Focus: Positive Self-Centered • Action word to exiting this season: Successor Stage 2 is to be a great follower who models mastery at what you do. However, God doesn’t want His followers to just follow Him; He wants you to eventually become a “fisher of men.” God wants you to become a leader who influences others to do what is right and to do things with excellence. Only a few people (15 percent) reach the level of becoming a leader—but all can become leaders if willing to put in the effort. And the reward for climbing to this level gives you the crown of sweet success. Success is never enough. Once you are at this level, you have to realize you have a good start, but you are not at the top of the mountain yet. And at the same time, you must realize it is not all about success. Leadership is never all about you; it’s about others—preparing and equipping the people around you. You must develop a team who continually reproduces Christ-like leaders long after you graduate to heaven. At this stage, we must be really honest with ourselves and admit that up to this point it has really all been about our own personal achievements, recognition, and desires for personal possessions. It takes a lot of humility and honesty to admit it. We can sometimes be self-deceived because we don’t think we are self-centered. The crown of success feels good for a season, but eventually a person reasons that there must be more. As a leader, you will experience success in life, but God doesn’t want you to stop there. Leaders reproduce leaders. The next step is to produce your successor. Leadership without a successor equals failure. So you are not really a good leader unless you take what is inside you and hand it off to the next generation through reproducing, not cloning. Check out our next leadership video by Clicking Right Here. What did you learn by this post? Please shoot us a comment below!

Awareness Choices and Results Explained In Detail

Awareness, Choices and Results Explained

The Three-Step Discovery Formula: A→C→R

Your journey to becoming everything you were supposed to be starts with Awareness (A). When you have greater awareness of your thoughts, how you really see yourself, you can make the right Choice (C) to become the right person you were designed to be. When you make the right choices in life, you begin to experience better Results (R). With a better awareness of what God wants you to become, you will say, “Okay! If that is what God wants me to become, I will accept that and begin my journey to personal transformation.” I mentioned Joel Osteen’s trek to awareness of his Leadership Quotient earlier. Initially, he was not fully aware of his leadership potential as he sat in an editing room working on his father’s messages. But awareness came to him. You, too, need to be awakened to your true Leadership Quotient in Christ. The insights in this book will do more than just help you “learn” that you are a leader. Learning comes from educating the mind. I want your inner self to be “awakened” by revelation so you will know without a shadow of a doubt that you are a leader. Learning is all about the mind. Knowing is all about the heart.

God Wants To Be A Leader

I ask this question of my audiences around the world. Warning! Be careful how quickly you answer this question. A knee-jerk reaction is, “It is very important. I want to become everything that God wants me to become.” When I ask people that question they enthusiastically say, “YES!” However, when I ask them to clearly define what it is that God wants them to become, most people have no clue what it is. Can you clearly articulate what God wants you to become? If you don’t know who you are supposed to become, how can you ever aim at becoming that person? See our next video on Learning To Be A Leader Let me ask you another coaching question, “When you think of a leader, who are the five people who instantly come to mind?” Comment Below.

You Are A Leader – Focus On Your Identity

Maximizing Your Impact, Influence, and Income Starts Right Now!

I regularly meet people who are surprised to learn that their own LQ level is an important part of increasing their impact, influence, and income. It’s true. Whatever we do in life, our personal achievements depend on our growth as leaders. All institutions need leaders. We know this is true whether that institution is a church, nation, business, school, factory, or family. The world prizes and rewards people who have the guts to unleash their potential and manifest their inner leader. Influence, riches, and power have been claimed by those who, by virtue of their desire for a better future, are able to attract the loyalty, respect, and service of others. People with high LQs in all walks of life are in constant demand. And guess what the by-product of higher demand produces? Higher perceived value and more money. Just imagine for a moment if you, like the biblical Joseph, knew by divine revelation that in the future you would be the leader of a nation, president of the company you work for, or the senior pastor of a large church. What would you have to know, do, or become to be ready to accept that opportunity? God has an amazing plan for your future. He is preparing you for something that you do not know is coming. Please know that your growth inwardly and externally as a leader starts today. The time to prepare for your future opportunity is not when opportunity taps you on the shoulder. The time to prepare is now! LQ Solution: The more a person knows God, the more he will know himself—and LQ begins to emerge. When humankind became disconnected from God, the results were horrific. We became blinded to the understanding of: • Who we really are – Identity • Why are we here – Purpose • Where we came from – Heritage • Where we are going – Destiny • What we are capable of achieving – Potential LQ is about self-discovery. It is about your commitment to becoming the real you. Human beings were the only creatures created in the image and likeness of God. This means that you have God’s DNA, His very nature. An important dynamic of that aspect is God’s ability to create, imagine, plan, set priorities, and make decisions. In other words, inside you is God’s LQ that needs to be awakened, discovered, and developed. See Our Next Video About ACR Explained! Did you learn anything new from this post? If so please share in a comment below!

Making An Impact On Your Life & Other Peoples Lives

Is it possible to love God with all your heart but not make a difference in the lives of others? (more…)

How To Be An Effective Leader – Leadership Education Tools

Could you take time off of your work and it still be successful?

Taking Time Off Of Your Leadership Job

1. Can you leave? When I am coaching business leaders, I start by giving them my definition of a business: A commercial enterprise that produces a profit without me. The last phrase is profound—without me. Then I ask, “If you left your business for one month, what would happen to your organization?” Most small business owners admit it would fall apart, which shows lack of leadership. They have spent all kinds of time working “in” their business versus working “on” the business. The same principle applies to churches and nonprofit organizations. If you took a one-month sabbatical, what would happen to your church? Sadly, most leaders admit things would fall apart. 2. Are you lonely? Sometimes I will open my leadership conference by asking, “How many of you know that when you are a leader, it is lonely at the top?” Almost everybody raises their hand. Actually, if you feel lonely at the top, you are doing something wrong! LQ Solution: Inviting feedback is an essential skill to increase your leadership quotient. Successful people have two problems with dealing with feedback. 1) They don’t want to really hear it. 2) Their followers don’t want to give it to them. We naturally accept feedback that is consistent with our self-image and reject feedback that is inconsistent. The challenge: most people’s self-image is all messed up.

Leadership Tools & Education

The Hamburger Tool is the proof that leadership is a skill. Very few CEOs know this skill—but now you are going to learn all about it. Scripture exhorts us to be imitators of God, and God is into excellence. Excellence is the continual pursuit of improvement. We need to continually improve ourselves. All of us think we are doing our best at what we are doing. Nobody wants to think he or she has a horrible life or career. But our best can always get a little better. Right? Based on my many years of experience, in order to get better, everyone needs a coach. You need somebody who is outside of your picture frame to give you objective insight. When you are in the picture, you can’t accurately see the full picture.

How To Give Constructive Criticism – Feedback

We all need feedback from an outside source—a coach or mentor—to get better perspective. Ken Blanchard said, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” I agree. Your leadership team needs coaching to make things better. Unfortunately, church members are often insecure. We want things to get better, but if we challenge people to change in order to improve, their insecurity registers feedback as criticism. Because most people are insecure, instead of giving feedback, we tend to hide it under the rug. We accept mediocrity because we don’t want people to feel badly. So eventually, everything we do is at a lower standard than the world instead of having a higher standard. To improve, we must learn to use tools to help people feel good about receiving feedback. Hence, the Law of the Hamburger becomes necessary. For example, an usher needs some feedback: buns are praise, the meat is the feedback. The bun on the top is praise. Take the time to make the person feel good about their current performance. Praise them for effort. Tell the usher something positive about the way he or she is doing their ministry such as, “You have a great smile,” or “What a positive attitude you have.” Sincerely build up the person and make him or her feel important. But if all you do is praise, you are not motivating the person to improve. You must go through the entire hamburger, the bun and now the meat. The meat is the feedback, but your delivery is very important. Don’t go into the meeting thinking confrontation—rather think clarification. Do not make it sound like judgment or criticism. Tell the usher you are sure he wants to be the best usher the church has ever seen, so you would like to offer some positive suggestions to improve his job and bring it up to a spirit of excellence that you know he wants to achieve. Offer your feedback as a positive not a negative. Feedback starts with the “what” and then goes to the “why.” It is not the “what,” it is the “why” that causes an action. Explain why this change in his approach to ushering needs to be done. Offer suggestions on how to do it and possibly point out that he skipped a step or exemplifies the wrong impression. For example, if he forgot to wear his name badge for three Sundays in a row, point out how important it is that members of the congregation and visitors can identify him as an usher. Impress how important he is because he welcomes both current and new attendees. The bottom bun is more praise in the form of encouraging him to strive for this new level of excellence; stressing his importance in the organization. Let him know of your appreciation for his faithful service, and tell him you look forward to seeing him with his name badge on next Sunday. When people receive the right feedback, you gain better staff and ministry volunteers—and future leaders. If this isn’t the case, you may discover that some people need to be moved within the church body to positions that are better suited to their skills, personalities, or talents.

Mistake 2 – We have gone after the down-and-outers, but have forgotten the up

I was sharing this mistake we had made at a church one day, and the pastor said to me, “Well, it just seems that God has called this church to reach the down-and-outers. God has called this church to go after the people nobody else cares about. Seems like poor people are attracted to this place. Every Monday for the past fifteen years, we have prayed for all the poor people in our city.” As he concluded his statement, I asked, “So on Tuesday do you pray for the rich people in the city?” He was obviously surprised by my question as he responded, “Why, no.” Then I probed a little further, “Do you ever pray for the influential and rich people in your city? Do you pray for governmental leaders? What about people who sit on the school board? What about those who control the media in your area? What about the successful business owners?” Each question he responded by shaking his head, “No.” Then I said, “What you are telling me is that you’ve attracted exactly what you have prayed for…only poor, noninfluential people.” The pastor realized his mistake and started praying for both classes of people, and his church started attracting people from both walks of life. How long does it take to move Harry the Hobo into leadership positions versus moving the mayor of your city into leadership? We have already established that your ability to succeed is based on your ability to train up leaders; the faster the better. We target Harry the Hobo and wonder why we don’t have any leaders. God has been giving the church exactly what we have been praying and asking for. It is important to realize we need both quantity and quality to experience true church health and growth to effectively transform our culture. Check out our next video post How To Be More Confident What have you learned from educational post?

How To Get Natural Church Development & Pastor Leadership

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Leadership Styles – Different Types Of Leadership

Learn the different leader styles that are used.

There Are Three Different Types Of Leadership Styles

1. Carrot Heads are weakened by the environment. If you take a pot of boiling water and stick a carrot in the water, the water changes the carrot. The carrot goes from strong to soft. In the heat of the environment, carrot head leaders become soft. The environment changes the leader instead of the leader changing the environment. 2. Egg Heads become hard inside due to the environment. When you put an egg in boiling water, the water causes the egg to get hard from the inside out. Instead of staying strong and bringing change to the environment, these leadership styles allow the environment to make them bitter and hard inside. The change agent’s message will always be attacked by someone. It is tough not to become bitter when the ones who stab you in the back are the ones sitting in the congregation. 3. Coffee Beans under pressure change the environment. When you put coffee beans under the pressure of grinding and then into boiling water, the water doesn’t change the coffee. The coffee changes the taste, smell, and composition of its environment. Whatever your environment, you need to become a leader who makes it better because you are there. We have to create leaders who are going to bring change into whatever culture they are immersed. Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus. –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. LQ Solution: See yourself as a thermostat that brings change to the temperature of the room instead of a thermometer that adjusts with the temperature of the room.

The Seven Mountains Of Your Culture & Leadership Styles

Every nation has a culture. Every region has a culture. Every business has a culture. Every church has a culture. In order to change the culture of a nation or region, we need to understand the key spheres in that culture. The culture is shaped by the belief systems of the people in that region or in the organization. Belief systems create behaviors, and the behaviors of a group of people create a culture. So in order to change a culture, we don’t start out attacking the culture. We have to start by changing the people’s fundamental belief systems. To change a belief system we have to repeat the teachings over and over until they become more than just a belief, they become part of their psyche or attitude. We start changing a culture by teaching and changing the mind of that culture’s members leadership styles. Repetition is the mother of change—and that takes time. So whether you are a leader in business or church, never teach something just one time. Keep teaching it until it becomes part of their attitude and they start modeling it in their behavior. There are seven key areas—many today call them cultural mountains—that shape culture in every nation. I believe that God wants us to change and transform these seven areas: 1. Religion 2. Family 3. Government 4. Business 5. Education 6. Media 7. Arts The only possible way to change these mountains is for the church to focus our planning and efforts on developing and training future leaders to influence and impact each cultural mountain and different leadership styles. Our next video is going to be How To Get Natural Church Development. If you found this useful please take the time to leave us a comment!

What Is The First Book On Leadership

God’s DNA Spells LEADER The Bible is the original book on leadership. The author, God, is the first leader we meet in the Bible (see Genesis 1:1).

All Leaders Create & Build

What was He doing in the beginning? What all leaders do—creating. The first revelation God gave of Himself is that of Creator. Why? The first revelation He wants you to get is that of a creator not a victim. You were created to be creative. The Bible gives you pictures of what a leader looks, talks, and acts like. In the Bible are stories about Adam, Eve, Abraham, Moses, David, Deborah, Nehemiah, Joseph, Esther, Ruth, Jesus, the disciples, Paul, and others in leadership. As you read the Bible, you can easily build a library of LQ pictures in your mind. As you study these LQ pictures, you will soon discover another image beginning to take shape. You will recognize this picture is you. You begin to see yourself, not as what you have been in your past, but the possibilities of what you are going to become in your future. This mental photograph should become your desired outcome. Your enemies will try to paint a picture in your mind of who you are at your worst. The picture you develop of yourself is crucial to determining your level of impact, influence, and income.

Think Positive & Great Things Will Happen

LQ Solution: It is not who you think you are that holds you back; it is who you think you are not that holds you back. Since 1998, I have personally coached and consulted hundreds of senior pastors. When I start talking to them about increasing their LQ, I have heard this over and over, “I am not a leader. I am just a pastor.” With one pastor of a thousand people, I spent an entire day helping him see he was a great leader. Once his inner leader was awakened to this fact, his confidence increased and his ministry exploded. Over the next two years, his ministry totally changed. He went from pastoring one church to starting and pastoring over twenty-three different successful churches. Our next video in this series is Leadership Styles. What did you learn in this video? Please share it with us in a comment!

Church Leadership – Can Church Leadership Be Learned

Leader John Kelly became my spiritual father; we started traveling together. I noticed John living out many church leadership principles almost intuitively. I would say things like, “John, you just demonstrated the law of the lid or the law of the hamburger” (As Explained In The Video). He would just look at me and say, “What are you talking about?” I had a hard time understanding why he didn’t know what I was talking about. Then I found out that John was raised in a home where his father was a leader; he had built some of the largest bridges in America. John was raised by a father who modeled leadership inside and outside the home on a daily basis. Church leadership principles that are caught are learned through example, experience, mentoring and coaching. It’s a process of maturation, impartation, and influence rather than instruction and information. Some people find themselves in a family, school, or cultural environment that immerses them in leadership experiences. Others must diligently seek education and instruction to be taught leadership. John Kelly was fortunate to have leadership modeled by his father continually so he “caught it.” Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good.

Most People Have To Learn Church Leadership

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. –Ronald E. Osborn 2 The majority of people in the world are not raised or surrounded by leaders. This is why it can seem like leaders are “born naturally,” when in reality they have either caught it or have been taught it. LQ Solution: You learn leadership through mentorship or mistakes, people or pain. Pay any price to be in the presence of a great leader. Here is the wonderful reality. The more time I spend with John Kelly, the more I discover how I am growing as a “caught it leader. At times, when I am helping leaders, I can hear him say things in my mind before I say them. Pay any price to get into the presence of great leaders—catch it and learn it!

The Price Of Being A Church Leader

I am impressed with the price paid by Tim Tebow, former Florida Gators quarterback now playing professional football. Living only an hour and a half away from Gator country, I must admit I have been a Tebow fan for many years. There is no argument that Tim Tebow understands how to maximize impact, influence, and income. His life made a difference on the Gators team, and now he is making a difference in the National Football League. As spiritual people, we can be tempted to think that Tim’s achievement is all about “God blessing him.” There is no doubt in my mind that God has been doing that, but Tim has also been doing his part to maximize his potential so he can manifest his inner leader in the culture of the NFL. I was watching a special on ESPN about Tim Tebow and how hard he had to work to improve his throwing style. The show explained the amount of time Tebow put in to preparing for his successful season with intense training, coaching, running, weight lifting, and throwing the football. At the end of the show, Tebow made the following comment: “Every day I ask myself, is there anybody else in this league who is working as hard as I am?” Then he said, “Most days, I don’t think so. I want to work harder than any other person in the whole league.” Here is the coaching question I asked myself after the show, “Am I the hardest working speaker / church leadership coach in the world?” Most days, I don’t think so. Not even close. Then I asked myself this powerful question, “Am I working hard in preseason when nobody is watching me so my performance can be outstanding when opportunity knocks on my front door?” How would you answer these questions? Demonstrating your inner leader by being the best at what you do will take an inner determination to push yourself beyond the norm. Ready for the next video selection? Click the link to be taken to our next video post The First Leadership Book. Now I know you have learned a ton from all of this and are open to any of your questions, if you have some just leave a comment below!

How To Learn Leadership Skills – Develop Leadership Skills

Leaders are master e-tank fillers. The e-tank, or the emotional tank, is like a gas tank. When the tank is full, you drive with confidence. Your team’s emotions are also like that; if their e-tanks are full, they will perform with confidence and energy to get the job done. However, if their e-tanks are drained, morale drops through the floor, passivity sets in, and productivity starts declining. Then you scratch your head and wonder why your organization is plateauing or in decline. A leader understands how to empower people so their e-tanks stay full. To empower people, you need to understand people. Empowerment creates momentum. When you have momentum, you look better than you really are. Without momentum, you look worse than you really are.


Empowerment With Leadership Skills Mean: • Seeing the potential of an individual. • Saying encouraging, empowering words to the person. • Sharing your power and position and influence with the person. • Showing others your belief in and power given to that person. In the church we know a lot about doctrines. We have heard a multitude of teachings and sermons. I jokingly say, “Some of us have heard so many sermons, we are sermon possessed.” We study the Bible to learn about God. However, leading an organization is more about your people skills than your great sermons or spirituality. If you desire to be a leader, you must understand what makes people tick—their psyche. Psychology is simply the study of human behavior based on how people think. Church members often know much more about the vertical relationship with God than the horizontal relationship with others. Don’t simply build spiritual disciplines, biblical knowledge, and understanding about God; you must also cultivate relational skills with people. Many people would like to stay locked up in their closet and have their “talk with Jesus,” but they don’t want to hang out in the coffee room and relate to others. As Charlie Brown says in Classic Peanuts, “I love humanity. It’s people I can’t stand.”

Learn Your Ability To Develop Better Leadership Skills

LQ Solution: Your ability to develop better leadership skills at connecting and developing relationships is the accelerator to help take you to where you need to go. Do not buy in to the potential-destroying philosophy that you and God alone can do something big in the earth. If it is only you and God, you will only achieve a fraction of your potential. I can fail all by myself. I need a team of people around me to keep me on track. Build a team of people around you who will help get you to where you need to go. Understanding people and developing people skills is the key to reaching where you need to be and becoming a better leader by empowering others. People are our most appreciable assets. The more you invest into other people’s lives, the more return you receive. You can invest in megasize church buildings, multimillion dollar sound systems, laser beam lights, and coffee shops, which will all depreciate or break down in time. But when you invest your wisdom, time, and love into others, people appreciate, and they will eventually bring you a great reward. You can take my factories, burn up my buildings, but give me my people and I’ll build the business right back up again. –Henry Ford A person’s most important asset is people skills. Success is 87 percent people knowledge and 13 percent product knowledge. LQ Solution: You can have people skills and not be a have good leadership skills, but you cannot be a good leader without people skills. Understanding people is the LQ ability to discern why people do what they do, to know what people need, why they need it, and what you can do to empower others so that you will be seen as a leader. Ready for the next video? Click Right Here to see our next video in this series. Now that you learned how to develop some leadership skills please leave us a comment with how this has helped you.

How To Live Up To Your Potential & Make A Difference

Social scientists in the study of human potential have created tests to evaluate a person’s level of achievement in life.

IQ, EQ, or GQ

These tests are supposed predictors of a person’s future educational achievements, potential, quality of relationships, job performance, and income. In 1905, French psychologist Alfred Binet developed the first IQ (Intelligence Quotient) test. The thesis was that a high score on this test measured a person’s intelligence. One researcher in IQ made an interesting observation: Having a high IQ can become a disincentive to action. People with high IQs and analytical abilities often can see more and more layers to a problem, and as a result, they become paralyzed because they can’t see their way through to a solution. When action is needed, they may be unable to take it. Psychologists have studied relationships between IQ and leadership. They have found that during times of relative calm, when there is no great premium on quick action, people with higher IQs are more effective as leaders than are those with lower IQs. But in times of stress, the relationship actually reverses itself. High IQ becomes an impediment to action, and the higher-IQ individual becomes a less effective leader than the lower-IQ one. Thus, the ability to think through alternative courses of action is important, but it is equally important to know when to wait and when to act. So, according to this researcher, IQ plays a role in leadership, but there’s more. For example, our Emotional Quotient (EQ) also impacts how a person leads. Daniel Goleman’s book, Emotional Intelligence, showed the world that success and achievement were determined not only by IQ, but also by EQ. Emotional Intelligence is the measurement of a person’s ability to manage one’s own emotional state, the emotional state of others, and the emotional state of a group of people. We even have fashion experts for men who have successfully produced the GQ magazine that evaluates and educates men on fashion trends. Are you looking forward to the next series of videos? Visit here to Learn How To Get Leadership Skills, which is the next video.

How To Grow Your Church – Church Growth

The LQ Academy for Senior Pastors Reach your potential by increasing your Leadership Intelligence and learn how to grow a church.

Grow Your Church: Spiritually, Numerically, and Financially!

Senior Pastor, we are dedicated to helping you reach your potential by honing your leadership skills. The LQ Academy provides you with the spiritual and practical principles for personal and organizational transformation through introductory LQ weekend experiences, leadership coaching programs, and a full array of educational resources to help you. • Dream greater and more significant dreams about your future. • Properly structure your church so you can work less yet accomplish more. • Improve your LQ enabling you to manage and lead a church more effectively. • Exponentially increase your membership and new member assimilation. • Increase your financials in any economic climate. • Influence more people to become involved in your ministry. • Develop more committed followers of Christ. • Encourage people to a higher level of excellence. • Focus your team’s attitude for greater productivity and success. • Function daily with less pressure and stress. • Attract higher quality leaders to your church. • Identify what is keeping your church from growing the way God desires. • Identify the #1 barrier holding back your church (it’s not what you think!). • Remove the barriers (it’s not as hard as you’ve been led to believe). • Build systems to prevent facing the barriers again. • And much more. This is your chance to break away from the 98% herd of churches in America and become part of the top 2%. You may have made some leadership mistakes in the past, but when you increase your LQ…you will be a hero in the eyes of your family, followers, and other local pastors—and a good and faithful servant to the Lord by simply learning how to grow a church. Click Here How To Free Up Your Time to see the next video in this series. What did you think of this video? Please leave us a comment below!

What Is A Leader – Improve Your Leadership Skills

Ask forty different people, “What is leadership?” You will probably get forty different answers. As a leadership expert, I thought it was important for me to come up with a standard definition for leader or leadership. I found there was no concise, universally accepted definition of a leader. In an effort to narrow the definition, I discovered there are many different facets of a leader; like a diamond, every time we turn it, we discover something different.


Acronyms help me remember principles. So in the following, each letter in the word leadership reveals an attribute. Throughout the remaining chapters, we will examine what this acronym tells us about leadership.

L —Leads E —Empowers A —Attitude D —Destiny E —Excellence R —Relationships S —Security H —Humility I —Insight P —Passion

Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity (1 Timothy 4:12 NKJV).

Being Out In Front As A Leader

To lead simply means to be out front. We are living in a day when there is a vacuum in leadership. When there is a lack of leaders in the world, something or someone will rush in and take up the space and fill the void. The current church focus on developing professional churchgoers rather than leaders has created a vacuum making it easy for the ungodly to move in and take over positions in every aspect of society. When there is a lack of godly leadership, people will follow anybody who is willing to get out in front. We need to realize our mistake of not developing leaders in our churches who work in the marketplace—and we need to implement a solution.

Improve Your Self In The Market Place

We have good examples about how to behave in a church setting. Our challenge is to improve our example of behaving in the marketplace. When Christian leaders display poor examples, we limit our level of impact, influence, and income. When the religious leaders in a community fail to be exemplary, the people in the culture lose trust in the voices of that community. Trust is the most important and powerful tool we have in our arsenal for effective leadership. If people lose trust in us, we lose the ear of our culture and ultimately our ability to lead. The Bible contains stories of people’s lives who produced both good and bad results. Wasn’t God brilliant? We can learn from their good and bad examples, from both their failures and successes. Join us as we continue this journey onto our next video in this series. How To Live Up To Your Potential Please leave us a comment below, if you found this post useful in anyway!

How To Free Up Time To Build Your Church

True achievement is the ability to perform, carry out, and accomplish, especially something difficult.

How To Do Less So You Can Build Your Church

Busyness involves expended time and energy but not necessarily productivity. Leadership and management expert Peter Drucker said, “We spend a lot of time teaching leaders what to do. We don’t spend enough time teaching leaders what to stop. Half the leaders I have met don’t need to learn what to do. They need to learn what to stop.” Instead of a “to do list,” most pastors and leaders need a “not to do list.” Every Saturday night of the year, I have dedicated myself to conducting a church leaders’ seminar. No matter where I am in the world, I always ask the group, “What is the number one barrier to church growth?” The answers I receive vary greatly—from better music, lack of evangelism, being nicer to visitors, to needing a new building. The list goes on and on. In all the years of helping people develop their LQ, I have never had a crowd identify the real problem—the real barrier to church growth. In my experience, the number one barrier to church growth is the hyper busyness of the senior pastor. Just because you are busy does not mean you are making progress or reaping success. Your busyness may be keeping you from developing and training others to be the leaders they are called to be in the Kingdom. The life and ministry of Moses changed the day Jethro gave Moses a word of wisdom saying, “Moses, you are doing too much! You need a stop doing list! Stop working harder and start working smarter by training others to do what you are doing. If you continue at this pace, you are going to burn out!” (Exodus 18:13-27, my paraphrase). Moses needed to learn the “work” of leadership delegation.

Moses Changed Two Things That Changed His Life & Ministry

1. His way of thinking, and most importantly 2. His way of working It is both natural and necessary for a pastor or Christian leader in any sphere of influence to be a leader and set the pace in the church. It is often necessary to do almost everything yourself because you don’t have others to help you. But what was natural and necessary in the beginning, over a period of time, limits your effectiveness. Some pastors and small business owners are so busy that they do everything themselves without raising up leaders around them. Every leader has two jobs—doing the work of a leader and training a leader to take his or her place. Failure to raise up leaders and delegate responsibilities results in burnout. I have taught these leadership solutions to friends who now pastor churches with several thousand members: LQ Solution 1—The less you do, the more you accomplish. LQ Solution 2—The less you do yourself, the more you enable others to accomplish.1 LQ Solution 3— The less you speak, the more authority and influence you have when you do speak.

The Ultimate Leadership Help Question

Is your time consumed with endless counseling sessions, putting out church “fires,” hospital visitations, telephone interruptions, and other such tasks of the ministry? Check out the next video in this series at: What Is A Leader Let us know what you thought of this video in a comment below!

Learn Leadership Skills and How To Become Successful

In the last video, I was really honest with you about my own personal challenges of seeing myself as a leader. Initially I didn’t see myself as a leader, therefore, I didn’t experience the influence, impact, and increase that I really wanted in life and in my ministry.

How To Stay Motivated To Become A Success

Remember: You are motivated to become the picture of how you see yourself. What is see-able is believable. What is believable is possible. It is not who you think you are that is stopping you, it is who you think you are not. After reviewing this video what are your thoughts on God’s plan for you and remember he wants you to be the head and not the tail. We are all meant to be leaders, but we need to follow God’s plan for us and go up the ladder and develop our leadership skills that are necessary for us to lead successful. Once we make it to a leader God doesn’t want us to stop there he wants us to keep moving and become a patriarch. From there we move from success to significance and it becomes about helping others to the top with you. Use the ladder to find out where you are at in life. Are you a follower, leader or patriarch? Take the time to really think this though and figure out exactly where you are at because this will help lay the foundation for you as I help you move forward with your life’s leadership skills. Action Step: Where are you on the leadership mountain? What is your next step to move up to the next level? How important is it for you to become everything God wants you to become? Check out the Next Video Here! in this series that is sure to get your motivated.

Leadership Starts With You – Wake Up Your Leadership Skills

My job as your personal coach is to give you the tools and encouragement you need to help you get from where you are to where you really want to be.

Keith Johnson Is Your Professional Leadership Coach

I took steps to move myself from mediocrity to fulfilling my potential and you can as well as long as you apply your self and just do it, so you can maximize your own potential. This quote is from my new LQ Solution book: “God’s gift to you is your potential. Your gift to God is what you do with it.” I have spent the past 15 years studying human potential and have discovered that your LQ, your Leadership Quotient, must be accessed and improved for your life to go in the proper direction for maximum success in all areas.

Keep Learning How To Be A Leader

Stay on this journey with me by watching video #2 and learn exactly what increasing your LQ will do for you and everyone around you. Action Step: Take 5 minutes to take the FREE 10 question LQ test by visiting this special link set up just for you at After taking the questions above please reply in a comment that you have done it. Keith Johnson looks forward to working with each and everyone he can to help you gain the success in your personal life and professional life, if you are looking to get more church growth Keith Johnson specializes in this area and can easily be contacted at Contact Keith Johnson Here Once you have contacted him with your personal information he will get back in touch with you as soon as possible. Keep moving forward and click Here for the next video in this video series, that will teach you even more of what you have been looking for and wanting to learn from the Confidence Coach Keith Johnson.