Can the next president become our greatest leader?
Searching through religious periodicals on “what makes a successful President” I am intrigued by what I have found. My research seems consumed with the idea that a president of a local conference spends most of his/her time flying from one meeting to another around the country while rarely in the territory doing “conference building”. This has provoked the question, “Is that what it takes to be a great leader?
Discovery in the investigative process reveals that, presidents who travel so much are rarely seen in the territory building up the workforce, creating as much doable service as possible that would lead a field to the Kingdom of heaven. Many seek the job as president as a means of opportunity. But, some question whether opportunity and all the inherited amenities of the job along with traveling contribute to the greatness of a President. I say no! The above paragraph describes what a great leader is not. It makes me wonder are potential candidates missing something or is it just me. The number of frequent flying miles on the conferences dime does not define the success or the greatness of any President. In fact it is not even “working smart”.
What I have studied, researched and experienced reveals that a great President possesses a “creative vision” followed by the ability to become what may be described as the “question”, but not the “answer”. What I am suggesting is that being the “question” gives those who are team players the space they need to develop their “creative vision” that can become a driving force to make something happen. Their “creative vision” duplicates within the workforce and continues in positive directional ways toward the desired result of reaching the Kingdom of God. A president brings out the creative visionary process in people to advance the Kingdom of God in countless directions of service yet toward the achievement of the ultimate goal of reaching God’s Kingdom. AMEN!
Flying around the country if not even parts of the world is a perfect example of what great presidents, do not seek as a means to be great. If a President flies that much and doesn’t spend the majority of the time doing “conference building” he/she emanates a perception that being in that office is about “how much to get” while the “team gets little or nothing” (In another article I will reveal how true this is and it’s dangerous results).
A GREAT VISIONARY LEADER WILL SEEK TO DO THE FOLLOWING:
- Eight districts comprise our local field. A great leader/president should spend the majority of his/her time visibly in these areas meeting with pastors, workers, members and district leaders making sure that they are together on the same path as the conference plan for leading people to the Kingdom. The president should be on a cycle disseminating the goals and objectives down to the membership level.
- Teaching, training workers pastors and members in the field should be a part of the leadership plan. A president shouldn’t fire or blame any worker unless he/she made sure that his supervising personnel are trained and have the information and tools to do his or her job.
- There should be an accountability system established to make sure that the departmental people of the conference office are making their rounds, building up people and pastors in their area of concern yet adding to the fulfillment of the overall plan. On a weekly basis each departmental head should be reporting to the president briefing him/her on how and what they did to reach the conference’s goals. This should occur like clockwork. You can’t build your office in the air.
- Great leaders have in place a workable system to solve problems. Great leaders always remember a basic rule, “They never give up their responsibility to lead”.
- Great Presidents make other people great.
- Great Presidents ask workers, “What do you need to do your job better and make sure they have those tools. A president can’t walk around with laptops, projectors, cameras, access to copiers etc. while the struggling worker has nothing to enhance his/her ministry.
- Great presidents learn how to be an emotional support person.
When a group of members and workers are asked to describe a list of characteristic they would like to see in a great President. They came up with this short list:
- A visionary of the future
- A change agent
- Someone who gets things done
- Spiritually motivated
- Spiritually consumed
- Driven to lead people to God’s Kingdom
- Effective at listening and communicating
- Relentless in the pursuit to be great
In summary, our local field doesn’t need yesterday’s concepts of presidential greatness. If a president used the majority of the travel budget toward building up the eight districts as described, no one would question his/her travel. A president would then exemplify what leadership really means, “the ability to lead: the ability to guide, direct, or influence people”.
~Ministerial Contributor of SWRC