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Authentic Leadership

We live in an era in which the distinction between “reality” and “authenticity” has become ambiguous. Television shows about strangers marrying strangers, celebrity housewives and husbands, and one family keeping up with another. Interestingly, these realities do not appear to bear any resemblance to the realities that most of us live or experience daily. Today, […]

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Authentic Leadership

We live in an era in which the distinction between “reality” and “authenticity” has become ambiguous. Television shows about strangers marrying strangers, celebrity housewives and husbands, and one family keeping up with another. Interestingly, these realities do not appear to bear any resemblance to the realities that most of us live or experience daily. Today, […]

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1 00:00:18,385 --> 00:00:20,620 This is Lead 12:12, 2 00:00:20,954 --> 00:00:25,191 a podcast on Christ centered leadership based on Romans 12:12. 3 00:00:25,358 --> 00:00:26,459 Rejoice and hope. 4 00:00:26,459 --> 00:00:29,562 Be patient and tribulation, be constant in prayer. 5 00:00:30,063 --> 00:00:31,331 Thanks for listening. 6 00:00:31,331 --> 00:00:33,900 Now here's Chris and Dave. 7 00:00:34,534 --> 00:00:35,702 Hey everybody. 8 00:00:35,702 --> 00:00:37,837 It's good to see you. Well, I don't see you, actually. 9 00:00:37,871 --> 00:00:40,807 It's good to be here with you. Hopefully, you're doing good. 10 00:00:40,807 --> 00:00:43,343 You had a great Christmas looking for the new year. 11 00:00:43,343 --> 00:00:44,944 We hope you have a great new year, 12 00:00:44,944 --> 00:00:49,049 and we're excited just to talk to you for a few minutes on leadership. 13 00:00:49,115 --> 00:00:50,884 Thanks for putting up with us. 14 00:00:50,884 --> 00:00:52,552 So here's my friend Chris. 15 00:00:52,552 --> 00:00:54,487 Thank you. David, did you have a good Christmas. 16 00:00:54,487 --> 00:00:58,425 I had an incredible Christmas, blessed way better than I deserve. 17 00:00:58,458 --> 00:00:59,259 Oh, me too. 18 00:00:59,259 --> 00:01:01,961 That's just wonderful. It makes my heart happy. Hey, man. 19 00:01:02,028 --> 00:01:02,796 And I'm in. 20 00:01:04,297 --> 00:01:07,333 So, Dave, we're going to talk about the authentic leadership approach. 21 00:01:07,367 --> 00:01:08,034 It's awesome. 22 00:01:08,034 --> 00:01:10,437 This is one of the newest leadership approaches. 23 00:01:10,437 --> 00:01:14,274 In fact, it is the newest leadership approach available, and because of that, 24 00:01:14,274 --> 00:01:16,843 there's not a tremendous amount of studies available on it. 25 00:01:16,943 --> 00:01:17,744 I gotcha. 26 00:01:17,744 --> 00:01:18,411 That's great. 27 00:01:18,411 --> 00:01:22,348 Dave, you know, we live in an era in which the distinction between reality 28 00:01:22,348 --> 00:01:25,919 and authenticity has become completely blurred and ambiguous. 29 00:01:26,052 --> 00:01:26,753 100%. 30 00:01:26,753 --> 00:01:30,590 Have you seen a TV show about strangers marrying strangers, 31 00:01:30,590 --> 00:01:34,994 or maybe celebrity housewives and husbands or one family keeping up with another? 32 00:01:35,028 --> 00:01:36,296 There's a ton of those out there. 33 00:01:36,296 --> 00:01:39,999 Yeah, there's a lot, and it's not a good way to do life. 34 00:01:40,033 --> 00:01:44,804 No, honestly, believe it or not, those reality TV shows typically don't 35 00:01:44,804 --> 00:01:48,775 bear any resemblance to the realities most of us live or experience daily. 36 00:01:48,775 --> 00:01:50,043 Amen. Good point. 37 00:01:50,043 --> 00:01:53,012 So I want to start with something called a reality leader. 38 00:01:53,046 --> 00:01:57,550 What is a reality leader and how is it different than an authentic leader? Go. 39 00:01:57,584 --> 00:01:58,384 I'm excited. 40 00:01:58,384 --> 00:02:02,522 A reality leader is on television, and maybe you've met one in real life. 41 00:02:02,722 --> 00:02:04,891 Leadership is entirely about them. 42 00:02:05,658 --> 00:02:08,261 Followers exist only to serve them. 43 00:02:08,294 --> 00:02:11,131 They love soundbites, photo ops and handshakes, 44 00:02:11,131 --> 00:02:14,501 and they say things because they believe it's what the public wants to hear. 45 00:02:14,534 --> 00:02:17,770 They practice something that I like to call invisible transparency, 46 00:02:17,770 --> 00:02:20,373 which means they are transparent only about the information 47 00:02:20,373 --> 00:02:23,643 they want you to know and only when it benefits them. 48 00:02:23,643 --> 00:02:24,344 That's good. 49 00:02:24,344 --> 00:02:25,979 With that in hand, you know, 50 00:02:25,979 --> 00:02:30,083 I've been in ministry for almost 25 years or more, and there are guys 51 00:02:30,083 --> 00:02:33,119 that are in the ministry just because they they like to be seen. 52 00:02:33,153 --> 00:02:33,920 Yes. And see, 53 00:02:33,920 --> 00:02:35,421 I think that's part of the problem 54 00:02:35,421 --> 00:02:39,359 because it shouldn't be about us being same about God's being seen in us 55 00:02:39,759 --> 00:02:41,961 and it's not about anything else but that. 56 00:02:42,095 --> 00:02:43,730 But I do think we have that. 57 00:02:43,730 --> 00:02:46,432 My favorite thing, I'm sure we used to hear what is an ego. 58 00:02:46,633 --> 00:02:49,335 It's edging got out, edging God. And I really love this. 59 00:02:49,335 --> 00:02:52,038 So when you're all about you, you're edging. 60 00:02:52,038 --> 00:02:53,840 Got out, you're not. 61 00:02:53,840 --> 00:02:55,542 And he may come on now. 62 00:02:55,542 --> 00:02:59,379 Come on, I'm about ready to throw something down here, right? 63 00:02:59,412 --> 00:03:03,349 But it's important that we get that because I think we need to understand 64 00:03:03,349 --> 00:03:05,018 it's not about us. Exactly. 65 00:03:05,018 --> 00:03:07,987 Can't be about us, especially in Christian leadership. 66 00:03:07,987 --> 00:03:10,223 It has to be about giving God the glory. 67 00:03:10,256 --> 00:03:12,358 God, you are on fire and it's good. 68 00:03:12,392 --> 00:03:14,594 You are one step ahead on authentic leadership, 69 00:03:14,627 --> 00:03:17,730 but unfortunately the reality leaders are everywhere. 70 00:03:17,730 --> 00:03:18,932 They're at work and school. 71 00:03:18,932 --> 00:03:21,201 And like you said, yeah, many even at church. 72 00:03:21,201 --> 00:03:22,502 Yep, they are. 73 00:03:22,502 --> 00:03:25,371 They have mastered the art of excluding God. 74 00:03:25,371 --> 00:03:28,341 That's the biggest message you can get into when you exclude God. 75 00:03:28,508 --> 00:03:32,345 So now that we know what reality leadership is, what is authentic 76 00:03:32,345 --> 00:03:35,481 leadership, authentic leadership is not about the ego. 77 00:03:35,848 --> 00:03:37,383 Here's a great example. 78 00:03:37,383 --> 00:03:41,054 Jesus did not puff out his chest and demand everyone do his wishes 79 00:03:41,054 --> 00:03:42,589 because he's the boss. 80 00:03:42,589 --> 00:03:44,891 That's right. He could have. Because he was. Absolutely. 81 00:03:44,891 --> 00:03:48,361 And when you think of humility who embodies that more than Jesus, 82 00:03:48,861 --> 00:03:50,897 he laid down his life for every one of us. 83 00:03:50,930 --> 00:03:53,900 He did so authentic leadership was founded by 84 00:03:53,900 --> 00:03:57,770 a person named Bill George, and this only started in 2003. 85 00:03:57,804 --> 00:03:59,606 The premise behind authentic leadership 86 00:03:59,606 --> 00:04:02,942 is that the key to being a successful leader is being yourself. 87 00:04:03,209 --> 00:04:04,611 And here's a couple of quotes for you. 88 00:04:04,611 --> 00:04:08,314 first one is from Hamlet and Shakespeare to thine own self be true. 89 00:04:08,348 --> 00:04:10,383 But now here's another interesting quote. 90 00:04:10,383 --> 00:04:13,453 I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me 91 00:04:13,453 --> 00:04:15,088 as rich as I have become. 92 00:04:15,088 --> 00:04:17,557 And if I had, I would have done it a lot earlier. 93 00:04:17,690 --> 00:04:19,092 That's from Oprah Winfrey. 94 00:04:19,092 --> 00:04:20,660 Wow, that's interesting. 95 00:04:20,660 --> 00:04:23,129 That's very I did not see that quote coming. 96 00:04:23,129 --> 00:04:25,832 She's her authentic self and took her a while to get there. 97 00:04:25,832 --> 00:04:26,933 But that's who she is. 98 00:04:26,933 --> 00:04:29,936 Well, and I do think that's who we should be is our authentic self, 99 00:04:29,936 --> 00:04:33,906 not Oprah Winfrey, but we should be authentic self for Jesus. 100 00:04:35,375 --> 00:04:36,776 So it should thank you. 101 00:04:36,776 --> 00:04:38,211 Thank you very much. Genuine. 102 00:04:38,211 --> 00:04:41,080 This is a central component of authentic leadership, 103 00:04:41,381 --> 00:04:44,250 and that means that each authentic leader is unique. 104 00:04:44,250 --> 00:04:46,252 No two authentic leaders are alike. 105 00:04:46,286 --> 00:04:49,455 However, there are several characteristics that they all share. 106 00:04:49,455 --> 00:04:52,191 Even though each one's different, they all have these characteristics. 107 00:04:52,558 --> 00:04:53,559 The first one is that 108 00:04:53,559 --> 00:04:57,597 they consistently demonstrate behaviors that inspire trust in others. 109 00:04:57,830 --> 00:04:59,432 Amen. Amen. 110 00:04:59,432 --> 00:05:03,636 The second one is what I think separates a lot of leaders from authentic leaders. 111 00:05:03,636 --> 00:05:05,872 They take ownership of their own actions, 112 00:05:05,872 --> 00:05:09,142 and when they make a mistake, they take responsibility for their errors. 113 00:05:09,409 --> 00:05:11,678 Amen. All Christian principles. 114 00:05:11,678 --> 00:05:13,646 These are all Christ centered principles, 115 00:05:13,646 --> 00:05:16,549 exactly what we try to do every every time we come on. 116 00:05:16,549 --> 00:05:19,319 This is to give people. Samples, and that's perfect. 117 00:05:19,452 --> 00:05:20,853 You're absolutely right. 118 00:05:20,853 --> 00:05:25,425 Yeah, that's that's where you go in that that that's all you right there. 119 00:05:25,725 --> 00:05:27,527 You got that applause. 120 00:05:27,527 --> 00:05:31,631 The last one of these characteristics is they demonstrate the necessary courage 121 00:05:31,631 --> 00:05:33,466 to advance up the leadership ladder 122 00:05:33,466 --> 00:05:37,470 and to challenge the status quo or to defend their people and processes. 123 00:05:37,537 --> 00:05:40,006 That's right. They won't throw you under the bus. 124 00:05:40,006 --> 00:05:42,809 They don't sell you out and their word is their bond. 125 00:05:43,276 --> 00:05:44,344 That's hard to find. 126 00:05:44,344 --> 00:05:48,214 The day, Chris is guys are people that they won't throw you under the bus. 127 00:05:48,247 --> 00:05:50,416 It's not about them. And when they get in trouble, 128 00:05:50,416 --> 00:05:53,353 they take the blame and the world we live in today. 129 00:05:53,353 --> 00:05:55,955 So many times it's like we blame everything 130 00:05:55,955 --> 00:05:59,859 and we play the blame game on every aspect of life. 131 00:05:59,892 --> 00:06:01,060 Even Christians do this, 132 00:06:01,060 --> 00:06:03,096 and this is something that we can't do anymore 133 00:06:03,096 --> 00:06:05,732 because sometimes we need to own up to, well, you know what? 134 00:06:05,965 --> 00:06:07,200 I just messed up. 135 00:06:07,200 --> 00:06:10,603 I just made a mistake and say, Hey, 136 00:06:10,670 --> 00:06:13,840 well, I'm Christian, I you and I've taught this time we're going to screw up. 137 00:06:13,840 --> 00:06:15,274 That's why that's right. 138 00:06:15,274 --> 00:06:18,945 But if we screw up and we own it, God will bless tenfold. 139 00:06:18,945 --> 00:06:20,980 I believe that with all my heart. Don't you think so? 140 00:06:20,980 --> 00:06:23,549 I absolutely believe that 100%. 141 00:06:23,683 --> 00:06:26,853 So speaking of what you were talking about and this really carries over. 142 00:06:26,886 --> 00:06:28,121 Studies have found that today 143 00:06:28,121 --> 00:06:31,224 people are very insecure about what's going on around them. 144 00:06:31,224 --> 00:06:33,126 You know, the shape of the world we're in, right? 145 00:06:33,126 --> 00:06:34,127 What's been going on? 146 00:06:34,127 --> 00:06:35,228 And as a result of that, 147 00:06:35,228 --> 00:06:38,698 the need for authentic leadership is significantly increasing. 148 00:06:38,731 --> 00:06:42,034 Today, people are longing for trustworthy leaders. 149 00:06:42,068 --> 00:06:42,568 Amen. 150 00:06:42,568 --> 00:06:45,571 It's been a long time, hasn't it, for them since we've had trustworthy leaders? 151 00:06:45,605 --> 00:06:47,240 Well, my goodness. 152 00:06:47,240 --> 00:06:50,710 Well, and the truth is, we want it, not just in government. 153 00:06:50,710 --> 00:06:54,480 We want it in our workplace, we want it at our churches. 154 00:06:54,480 --> 00:06:57,617 We want it places that we we should have it. 155 00:06:57,717 --> 00:07:01,187 I mean, we deserve it, and it should be that kind of leadership that we can trust. 156 00:07:01,254 --> 00:07:05,158 The problem is, I think people are so self-centered 157 00:07:05,258 --> 00:07:08,327 and so it's Oh my God, and we are insecure. 158 00:07:08,461 --> 00:07:10,096 I mean, you said that for a second, and I think 159 00:07:10,096 --> 00:07:12,665 it's important that we understand we aren't insecure people. 160 00:07:12,732 --> 00:07:15,301 Security only comes from where careers where you think 161 00:07:15,635 --> 00:07:17,637 security only comes from God. 162 00:07:17,637 --> 00:07:20,239 There it is right to push a button because that's awesome. 163 00:07:20,339 --> 00:07:23,276 Let's bring it on in. Yes, sir. Here we go. 164 00:07:24,710 --> 00:07:28,281 Oh, Frasier, seriously, I love that one. 165 00:07:29,248 --> 00:07:31,050 I love it, too. 166 00:07:31,484 --> 00:07:33,586 Security only comes when you know 167 00:07:33,586 --> 00:07:37,089 that you're living this life for Jesus and no one else. And 168 00:07:38,458 --> 00:07:39,992 and and that's Chris. 169 00:07:39,992 --> 00:07:42,195 That's the problem. We're not living for Jesus. 170 00:07:42,228 --> 00:07:43,629 We don't have anyone else. 171 00:07:43,629 --> 00:07:47,433 You know, Jesus accepts my stupidity and loves me anyway. 172 00:07:47,433 --> 00:07:51,204 And all God's people say, Hey, man, keep rolling, Chris. 173 00:07:51,204 --> 00:07:52,572 We're doing good. I like this one. 174 00:07:52,572 --> 00:07:55,341 So here's the five characteristics of authentic leaders. 175 00:07:55,341 --> 00:07:56,209 As we discussed, 176 00:07:56,209 --> 00:07:59,912 every authentic leader is unique because they their authentic self. 177 00:07:59,946 --> 00:08:02,014 But here's the five traits they all share. 178 00:08:02,048 --> 00:08:04,050 Number one, they understand their purpose, 179 00:08:04,050 --> 00:08:07,420 they know where they fit in, and they know what their job is to do. 180 00:08:07,420 --> 00:08:11,324 And to be honest, if you don't know what your job is, leadership's really tough. 181 00:08:11,357 --> 00:08:12,492 So real quick. 182 00:08:12,492 --> 00:08:15,094 Rick Warren wrote the book The Purpose-Driven Church. Yes. 183 00:08:15,127 --> 00:08:18,431 And he also kind of did the whole purpose driven person even. 184 00:08:18,431 --> 00:08:21,868 And he talks about, You can't do what God's having you to do 185 00:08:21,868 --> 00:08:24,537 unless you know what your purpose is absolutely right. 186 00:08:24,570 --> 00:08:29,442 And so when we understand the demands that God gives us for our purpose 187 00:08:29,442 --> 00:08:33,880 in this life, yes, we can walk with pride, we can walk with intelligence, 188 00:08:33,880 --> 00:08:36,916 we can walk with security, we can have those things. 189 00:08:36,916 --> 00:08:39,151 Purpose is the one thing I think we like. 190 00:08:39,185 --> 00:08:41,921 I sometimes forget my purpose and we forget our purpose. 191 00:08:41,921 --> 00:08:43,122 We missed the rowboat. 192 00:08:43,122 --> 00:08:46,959 The second thing that is the characteristic of all authentic leaders is 193 00:08:46,959 --> 00:08:50,997 they have very strong values about the right thing to do an authentic leader, 194 00:08:51,030 --> 00:08:54,333 someone that you can count on to do the right thing even when it's difficult 195 00:08:54,333 --> 00:08:57,503 and it doesn't even cross your mind that they're going to do the wrong thing. 196 00:08:57,503 --> 00:08:59,272 You're not going to like you said, they're not going to throw 197 00:08:59,272 --> 00:09:01,374 you under the bus, they're not going to make excuses. 198 00:09:01,374 --> 00:09:02,575 They're not going to blame anyone. 199 00:09:02,575 --> 00:09:05,111 If something's wrong and they do, if they're going to confess to it 200 00:09:05,111 --> 00:09:06,646 and they're going to make it right. 201 00:09:06,646 --> 00:09:07,013 Amen. 202 00:09:07,013 --> 00:09:10,516 The third thing is they create trusting relationship with others, 203 00:09:10,516 --> 00:09:12,552 and that's something that other styles do as well. 204 00:09:12,552 --> 00:09:14,587 And that's such an important thing of leadership. 205 00:09:14,587 --> 00:09:18,558 Such an important part to have the trust of the people that follow you. 206 00:09:18,558 --> 00:09:21,727 And there's no other way to build that, except by being trustworthy. 207 00:09:21,761 --> 00:09:24,730 So why do you think it's hard for us to trust people? 208 00:09:24,897 --> 00:09:28,434 I think we've all had bad experiences with that, and once you've seen 209 00:09:28,434 --> 00:09:32,104 someone do that, something untrustworthy, you know, they're capable of that. 210 00:09:32,104 --> 00:09:33,773 So it's difficult to get trust back. 211 00:09:33,773 --> 00:09:35,474 I think you called it earlier. 212 00:09:35,474 --> 00:09:39,345 The only way that you can earn someone's trust back is to admit your fault. 213 00:09:39,378 --> 00:09:41,447 That's it and say, You know what? 214 00:09:41,447 --> 00:09:44,650 I lied to you, or I fib to you or I screwed up. 215 00:09:44,684 --> 00:09:45,251 Messed up. 216 00:09:45,251 --> 00:09:47,920 I'm sorry, I'm doing my best to love Jesus. 217 00:09:47,920 --> 00:09:50,323 Can we do this together and those who are searching for a way 218 00:09:50,323 --> 00:09:53,993 to say they can work on that together because we're going to make mistakes? 219 00:09:54,026 --> 00:09:57,330 Yes, but but the hope is that we build each other up 220 00:09:57,330 --> 00:09:59,699 more than we let each other down and we work together on that. 221 00:09:59,732 --> 00:10:00,967 I'm sorry, but I felt that. 222 00:10:00,967 --> 00:10:03,235 I mean, I just really important to me that we do that. 223 00:10:03,235 --> 00:10:05,037 That was very important. 224 00:10:05,037 --> 00:10:07,306 Here's the fourth thing that authentic leaders do. 225 00:10:07,340 --> 00:10:11,177 They demonstrate self-discipline and they act upon their values. 226 00:10:11,410 --> 00:10:14,180 So it's not good enough to only have strong values, 227 00:10:14,480 --> 00:10:18,050 but they demonstrate self-discipline and they act upon those values. 228 00:10:18,084 --> 00:10:21,153 And that's obvious to see this person is a person of their word. 229 00:10:21,387 --> 00:10:23,589 That's an authentic leader, a man. 230 00:10:23,589 --> 00:10:25,691 And the last one is they act from the heart. 231 00:10:25,858 --> 00:10:29,695 They're sensitive and empathetic to the plight of others, women and men. 232 00:10:29,729 --> 00:10:32,365 Like we said, it's not about them. It's not about the ego. 233 00:10:32,365 --> 00:10:34,300 That's 100% right. 234 00:10:34,300 --> 00:10:37,136 Authentic leadership as we go on has four components. 235 00:10:37,436 --> 00:10:39,805 And the first is self-awareness. 236 00:10:39,805 --> 00:10:43,909 They can reflect on their core, and they also reflect on how they impact 237 00:10:43,909 --> 00:10:44,644 others. 238 00:10:44,644 --> 00:10:48,080 How often do you think leaders reflect on how they impact others? 239 00:10:48,581 --> 00:10:50,316 I honestly don't think often. 240 00:10:50,316 --> 00:10:52,718 Probably not often. But the authentic leader does. 241 00:10:52,952 --> 00:10:53,819 That's good. 242 00:10:53,819 --> 00:10:56,589 So do you do that and how do you do that? 243 00:10:56,622 --> 00:10:57,289 I do. 244 00:10:57,289 --> 00:11:01,193 I think about things that went really well and how I impacted someone, 245 00:11:01,193 --> 00:11:04,397 and I mostly think about things that didn't go so well 246 00:11:04,664 --> 00:11:07,833 about how maybe things I said were taken the wrong way. 247 00:11:08,034 --> 00:11:11,270 Or maybe I was completely wrong in my assumption of an issue, 248 00:11:11,270 --> 00:11:14,140 and it caused someone to to take a step in the wrong direction. 249 00:11:14,173 --> 00:11:15,341 I think about that quite a bit. 250 00:11:15,341 --> 00:11:19,779 So let me ask you this how do you not beat yourself up but learn from it? 251 00:11:20,146 --> 00:11:23,382 If I tried to internalize it, I would beat myself up 252 00:11:23,382 --> 00:11:24,250 and I have done that. 253 00:11:24,250 --> 00:11:24,950 I knew that too. 254 00:11:24,950 --> 00:11:27,219 I knew the first thing I do is what you said. 255 00:11:27,219 --> 00:11:29,055 I go to them and say, This is my fault. 256 00:11:29,055 --> 00:11:30,022 I did the wrong thing. 257 00:11:30,022 --> 00:11:31,457 This is what I thought was happening. 258 00:11:31,457 --> 00:11:33,192 But in reality, something else was happening. 259 00:11:33,192 --> 00:11:34,093 It's all on me. 260 00:11:34,093 --> 00:11:36,262 Let's make it right, and I'll take the heat for this. 261 00:11:36,262 --> 00:11:37,997 Hey, man, any man, that's good stuff. 262 00:11:37,997 --> 00:11:42,535 I think that these are important things, and you need to hear Chris on this. 263 00:11:43,235 --> 00:11:47,840 It's OK to mess up, but you got to love each other through it and in leadership. 264 00:11:48,107 --> 00:11:49,642 We need people who are accountable 265 00:11:49,642 --> 00:11:53,412 to what the purpose of what we're trying to accomplish is Yes, man. 266 00:11:54,413 --> 00:11:55,448 And there you go. 267 00:11:55,448 --> 00:11:58,884 And there is another of the four components 268 00:11:58,884 --> 00:12:02,388 of authentic leadership is an internalized moral perspective. 269 00:12:02,388 --> 00:12:05,124 And we've talked a lot about the morals of an authentic leader. 270 00:12:05,124 --> 00:12:09,595 But an authentic leader is self-regulating and doesn't bend to outside pressure. 271 00:12:09,929 --> 00:12:14,500 For example, I'll put this in an example that I know of when another department 272 00:12:15,000 --> 00:12:18,637 puts a bull's eye on someone because they think they messed up. 273 00:12:18,904 --> 00:12:22,742 The authentic leader will not sell that person out, won't throw them 274 00:12:22,742 --> 00:12:23,909 under the bus. 275 00:12:23,909 --> 00:12:27,580 The authentic leader will stand up for that person and go to bat for that person, 276 00:12:27,747 --> 00:12:29,782 and that person knows that, and they know that 277 00:12:29,782 --> 00:12:32,384 they can trust the leader to do that. Amen. 278 00:12:32,451 --> 00:12:33,385 That's good stuff. 279 00:12:33,385 --> 00:12:36,322 It is. That's important things that we need to hear. 280 00:12:36,322 --> 00:12:38,324 I want to work for an authentic leader, don't you? 281 00:12:38,324 --> 00:12:40,159 I do 100% OK. 282 00:12:40,159 --> 00:12:44,497 The third component is balance processing, and what this means is they avoid 283 00:12:44,497 --> 00:12:48,734 favoritism and they'll solicit viewpoints from the people that disagree with them. 284 00:12:49,001 --> 00:12:50,903 And that's something a lot of people don't do. 285 00:12:50,903 --> 00:12:53,639 So do you find that difficult or is that easy for you? 286 00:12:53,672 --> 00:12:54,507 That's easy for me. 287 00:12:54,507 --> 00:12:55,374 I've seen that. 288 00:12:55,374 --> 00:12:57,109 I believe that to be true. 289 00:12:57,109 --> 00:12:59,011 It's harder for me, and I appreciate that. 290 00:12:59,011 --> 00:13:01,447 So why do you think that's more difficult? 291 00:13:01,447 --> 00:13:03,816 Because I like it when people give me attaboys. 292 00:13:03,983 --> 00:13:07,520 Let's be honest, I like, I like to feel good about myself. 293 00:13:07,520 --> 00:13:09,922 And sometimes when I know that there's something I need to work 294 00:13:09,922 --> 00:13:12,892 on, I know you don't have to tell me, but that's not true. 295 00:13:12,892 --> 00:13:14,160 I need to learn from it. 296 00:13:14,160 --> 00:13:18,631 When you approach someone to work on some something, you have to do it in love 297 00:13:19,064 --> 00:13:23,969 with much grace, 100% with trying to help that person become a better person. 298 00:13:24,003 --> 00:13:26,839 They may not receive it well, but if you do it with the right heart, 299 00:13:27,039 --> 00:13:29,108 eventually they'll come to that fair. 300 00:13:29,141 --> 00:13:30,743 It's absolutely true, yes. 301 00:13:30,743 --> 00:13:32,311 So I think that's good stuff. 302 00:13:32,311 --> 00:13:34,547 I think that's stuff we need to apply. Good stuff. 303 00:13:35,214 --> 00:13:39,885 So the last component of authentic leadership is relational transparency. 304 00:13:40,119 --> 00:13:43,155 The authentic leader will share their core feelings, their motives, 305 00:13:43,155 --> 00:13:46,926 their thoughts, their inclinations, positive and negative with the team. 306 00:13:47,126 --> 00:13:49,495 So everyone knows why the decisions were made 307 00:13:49,762 --> 00:13:52,131 and what the benefit was and what the cost was, 308 00:13:52,131 --> 00:13:55,701 because the authentic leader is very open and communicates openly. 309 00:13:55,901 --> 00:13:58,771 So relational transparency? Yes. 310 00:13:58,938 --> 00:14:00,005 So I think that's good. 311 00:14:00,005 --> 00:14:01,674 I think one of the things we struggle with, 312 00:14:01,674 --> 00:14:03,742 though, is letting people see who we really are. 313 00:14:03,742 --> 00:14:06,312 I heard this for a long time in ministry. 314 00:14:06,745 --> 00:14:09,782 The word intimacy literally means intimacy. 315 00:14:10,182 --> 00:14:14,053 Oh, so so if I'm going to be real, I have to show you that. 316 00:14:14,253 --> 00:14:18,924 But I think we need to know that we need to show people who we are and as leaders, 317 00:14:18,924 --> 00:14:21,961 they need to see who we are and what we believe . 318 00:14:21,961 --> 00:14:24,864 So true. So anyway, there's there's a little sidebar. 319 00:14:24,897 --> 00:14:25,531 I love that. 320 00:14:25,531 --> 00:14:26,265 That's beautiful. 321 00:14:26,265 --> 00:14:26,732 Thanks. 322 00:14:26,732 --> 00:14:29,602 We've decided that authentic leadership is fantastic. 323 00:14:29,602 --> 00:14:31,770 We would both love to work for an authentic leader. 324 00:14:31,871 --> 00:14:32,771 Amen. 325 00:14:32,771 --> 00:14:36,141 So how do we get to hear the common themes of authentic leadership 326 00:14:36,141 --> 00:14:39,712 teaches that people have the capacity to learn to be an authentic leader? 327 00:14:39,712 --> 00:14:43,215 So if you're not a natural, authentic leader, you can certainly learn to be one. 328 00:14:43,282 --> 00:14:44,149 Amen. 329 00:14:44,149 --> 00:14:46,452 Authentic leaders know how to do the right thing 330 00:14:46,852 --> 00:14:51,023 and how to be honest with themselves and others, and how to work for the common 331 00:14:51,023 --> 00:14:57,129 good, authentic leader has a tremendously positive impact on organizations. 332 00:14:57,162 --> 00:15:01,967 So if you run a company or a huge enterprise, you want authentic leaders. 333 00:15:02,001 --> 00:15:02,935 Amen. 334 00:15:02,935 --> 00:15:05,938 So here's a side note there's a study in 2014 335 00:15:05,938 --> 00:15:09,608 that examined the effect of authentic leadership on the followers morality. 336 00:15:09,909 --> 00:15:13,078 And would you believe this study discovered that authentic leaderships 337 00:15:13,279 --> 00:15:16,348 significantly reduce the followers inclinations 338 00:15:16,348 --> 00:15:18,050 to make unethical choices when? 339 00:15:18,050 --> 00:15:21,654 Faced with temptation, authentic leadership morally 340 00:15:21,654 --> 00:15:24,657 strengthens the followers and the organization. 341 00:15:24,957 --> 00:15:26,525 So in a sense, you're helping people 342 00:15:26,525 --> 00:15:29,561 not to do the wrong thing just because you're an authentic leader. 343 00:15:29,795 --> 00:15:31,230 Amen. Well, 344 00:15:31,230 --> 00:15:35,935 it's the example that you said exactly the kind of right the ship of right? 345 00:15:36,168 --> 00:15:38,203 Hey, hey, man, there you go. 346 00:15:38,504 --> 00:15:40,706 So what are some of the actions of authentic leaders? 347 00:15:41,206 --> 00:15:44,143 Authentic leaders continually commit to their own learning 348 00:15:44,143 --> 00:15:47,379 to understand themselves as a person and how they see the world. 349 00:15:47,880 --> 00:15:51,650 They have a deep self-awareness and they use it as a foundation, 350 00:15:51,650 --> 00:15:53,218 and that self awareness grows. 351 00:15:53,218 --> 00:15:55,421 It's a lifelong journey of learning. 352 00:15:55,421 --> 00:15:58,924 They use experiences and they share those with people along the way. 353 00:15:59,358 --> 00:16:03,195 They resonate with others by telling stories of success and defeat. 354 00:16:03,562 --> 00:16:07,967 They talk about good times and challenging times, accomplishments and setbacks. 355 00:16:08,434 --> 00:16:12,604 Authentic leaders need to know who they are, but a Christian authentic 356 00:16:12,604 --> 00:16:15,674 leader needs to take that a step further than just knowing who they are. 357 00:16:15,708 --> 00:16:18,310 They need to know who they are. I don't preach. 358 00:16:18,610 --> 00:16:19,178 That's good. 359 00:16:20,713 --> 00:16:21,981 That's amen. 360 00:16:21,981 --> 00:16:23,115 Amen. 361 00:16:23,349 --> 00:16:26,752 Authentic leaders have the ability to get their ego out of the way 362 00:16:27,219 --> 00:16:29,788 they genuinely empower and develop others. 363 00:16:30,089 --> 00:16:32,691 The big ego leadership of the reality leaders 364 00:16:32,691 --> 00:16:35,327 that we talked about is at the opposite end of the scale. 365 00:16:35,761 --> 00:16:40,165 The first and foremost principle of authentic leadership is it's not about me. 366 00:16:40,499 --> 00:16:41,633 It's not about me. 367 00:16:41,633 --> 00:16:42,234 That's good. 368 00:16:42,234 --> 00:16:43,002 That's good. 369 00:16:43,002 --> 00:16:46,038 And so few leaders do that. 370 00:16:46,038 --> 00:16:47,806 Authentic leaders influence 371 00:16:47,806 --> 00:16:51,243 and inspire others by disclosing a little bit about themselves. 372 00:16:51,710 --> 00:16:55,881 They instill humility, credibility and trust in those around them 373 00:16:56,315 --> 00:16:59,451 by being able to lift the veil and reveal their true selves. 374 00:16:59,451 --> 00:17:01,887 Authentic leaders don't want to seem superhuman. 375 00:17:01,887 --> 00:17:04,323 They don't want to seem like they don't mess up. 376 00:17:04,323 --> 00:17:07,860 They want to seem like someone who daggone it tries their hardest every day. 377 00:17:08,027 --> 00:17:09,762 Chris, I think you're good at this. 378 00:17:09,762 --> 00:17:13,665 I've I've seen that in our friendship and our I've seen that in you as well. 379 00:17:13,665 --> 00:17:16,201 In every aspect of life, you have to do that. 380 00:17:16,235 --> 00:17:20,272 It's always love in Christ in employing this leadership example 381 00:17:20,272 --> 00:17:22,307 in everything that makes sense or not. 382 00:17:22,307 --> 00:17:23,475 It absolutely does. 383 00:17:23,475 --> 00:17:23,842 I love that. 384 00:17:23,842 --> 00:17:26,545 That makes a lot of sense, and that leads into what I want to say. 385 00:17:26,545 --> 00:17:30,716 The followers of an authentic leader don't follow because of the leader's 386 00:17:30,716 --> 00:17:35,220 manipulation, and they don't follow because of the carrot and stick strategy. 387 00:17:35,621 --> 00:17:38,424 We hear that in business all the time, it's the carrot or the stick, 388 00:17:38,424 --> 00:17:41,794 but the authentic leader doesn't use any one of those. OK? 389 00:17:41,827 --> 00:17:45,230 They only follow the leader because of the authentic leader's influence. 390 00:17:45,230 --> 00:17:46,799 And that's it. Amen. 391 00:17:46,799 --> 00:17:50,636 And I mean, so now here's the big question how can leaders cultivate 392 00:17:50,636 --> 00:17:52,671 authentic leadership selves? 393 00:17:52,671 --> 00:17:53,672 That's a good question. 394 00:17:53,672 --> 00:17:56,008 You know, there's a lot of ways and a lot of activities 395 00:17:56,008 --> 00:17:58,844 a leader can engage in to increase their authenticity. 396 00:17:58,877 --> 00:18:00,712 And here's four that came to me really quick 397 00:18:00,712 --> 00:18:03,882 and when we were doing this explore your life story! 398 00:18:04,149 --> 00:18:04,983 Authentic leaders 399 00:18:04,983 --> 00:18:09,254 can benefit a lot from self-discovery as a means of becoming more authentic. 400 00:18:09,688 --> 00:18:12,291 They need to process their experiences and make sense of what 401 00:18:12,291 --> 00:18:14,860 they've been through and rediscover their true selves. 402 00:18:15,260 --> 00:18:17,096 When you delve into your own self-awareness, 403 00:18:17,096 --> 00:18:21,100 you become more capable of being yourself and allow others to see that side of you. 404 00:18:21,500 --> 00:18:23,268 And I've I've seen that in you so many times. 405 00:18:23,268 --> 00:18:26,238 When you tell stories about your life, your history, your past, 406 00:18:26,438 --> 00:18:29,341 you increase your authentic leadership and it really connects with people. 407 00:18:29,408 --> 00:18:30,375 I appreciate that. 408 00:18:30,375 --> 00:18:33,345 In Bible college, you would buy these illustration books 409 00:18:33,345 --> 00:18:34,880 and you'd read illustrations. 410 00:18:34,880 --> 00:18:37,182 I think sometimes the greatest illustrations are the 411 00:18:37,216 --> 00:18:39,751 is the life that you're living. Yes, it is. Yes. 412 00:18:39,751 --> 00:18:43,989 You know, sometimes I use an amen, and sometimes I have to be careful. 413 00:18:44,022 --> 00:18:46,692 I sometimes want to use my kids too much, so I have to make sure 414 00:18:47,593 --> 00:18:49,628 that I always get it OK with them. 415 00:18:49,628 --> 00:18:50,662 But I think it's important 416 00:18:50,662 --> 00:18:54,933 that you use the things around you and you talk about that in a real way 417 00:18:55,100 --> 00:18:56,902 because you can relate to people 418 00:18:56,902 --> 00:18:58,937 because you're dealing with some of the same stuff they are. 419 00:18:59,004 --> 00:19:02,608 See, that is exactly authentic leadership right there, and you are so good at that. 420 00:19:02,741 --> 00:19:03,909 Checks in the mail. Thank you. 421 00:19:05,978 --> 00:19:06,979 Here they go. 422 00:19:06,979 --> 00:19:09,982 Oh, no, that guy, I love him. 423 00:19:10,916 --> 00:19:12,951 Another way to improve your authentic 424 00:19:12,951 --> 00:19:16,088 leadership ability is to allow time for reflection. 425 00:19:16,388 --> 00:19:20,459 It's so critical to take a step back and be introspective in 1000 426 00:19:20,459 --> 00:19:21,793 mile an hour world. 427 00:19:21,793 --> 00:19:23,929 That's right, and by devoting time to reflection, 428 00:19:23,929 --> 00:19:27,733 you will better understand your value to become a more effective leader. 429 00:19:27,933 --> 00:19:32,237 So you got to set aside time to reflect without your phone or a task list 430 00:19:32,237 --> 00:19:34,273 and examine how you live your life and interact 431 00:19:34,273 --> 00:19:36,575 with the people around you to be more authentic. 432 00:19:36,675 --> 00:19:40,879 I tell you, I think this is going to be harder as kids are growing up. 433 00:19:40,879 --> 00:19:43,482 Yes, because they are so connected to their phones. 434 00:19:43,715 --> 00:19:45,851 Oh yeah, my kids too. I mean, we all are. 435 00:19:45,884 --> 00:19:48,053 Is that fair? As I said that my phone was ringing. 436 00:19:49,988 --> 00:19:51,156 It was it. 437 00:19:51,456 --> 00:19:54,526 We are so connected and we have to be careful to 438 00:19:54,593 --> 00:19:57,829 to not use this phone and use all these things distract us. 439 00:19:57,829 --> 00:20:01,567 But as a tool, I think and I think sometimes we don't do that enough anyway. 440 00:20:01,600 --> 00:20:03,669 You're absolutely my $0.02. So. 441 00:20:03,702 --> 00:20:05,270 And that was a good one. Thanks. 442 00:20:05,270 --> 00:20:09,441 So here's another authentic leaders always solicit feedback. 443 00:20:09,741 --> 00:20:10,709 The understand that 444 00:20:10,709 --> 00:20:14,379 in order to be effective, they must understand how others perceive them. 445 00:20:14,580 --> 00:20:16,715 And it may not be the way you think they do. 446 00:20:17,049 --> 00:20:19,985 So you got to seek out candid feedback and act on it. 447 00:20:19,985 --> 00:20:21,787 It will help you grow and develop. 448 00:20:21,787 --> 00:20:25,724 Authentic leaders want to improve and change for the benefit of their employees, 449 00:20:26,058 --> 00:20:29,828 which is surrounding themselves with people who will provide candid feedback. 450 00:20:30,095 --> 00:20:32,764 That's good. Well, and it can be difficult to. 451 00:20:32,764 --> 00:20:36,134 Even in this podcast, Chris is trying to get feedback on 452 00:20:36,134 --> 00:20:40,339 how we can be better at this and how we can help you guys in your leadership walk. 453 00:20:40,372 --> 00:20:43,976 And so we're trying that, and there's ways that you can think that we do it. 454 00:20:43,976 --> 00:20:45,277 How can they get ahold of us, Chris? 455 00:20:45,277 --> 00:20:46,812 Go to lead 1212 dot com. 456 00:20:46,812 --> 00:20:48,780 You can contact us right there, OK? 457 00:20:48,780 --> 00:20:52,751 Just had to do that plug because we really do want to get better, right? Yes. 458 00:20:53,018 --> 00:20:54,186 That'd be a good omen. 459 00:20:54,186 --> 00:20:55,120 Come back. 460 00:20:55,120 --> 00:20:57,756 Oh my aching back. It's a good one. 461 00:20:58,190 --> 00:21:01,760 Here's the last study your own leadership style. 462 00:21:01,994 --> 00:21:04,496 Genuine leaders are aware of the leadership styles 463 00:21:04,496 --> 00:21:06,231 that come naturally to them. 464 00:21:06,231 --> 00:21:08,967 They're aware of their situation and they're aware of the people 465 00:21:08,967 --> 00:21:11,036 that they manage, and they can adapt their style 466 00:21:11,036 --> 00:21:13,905 as necessary while remaining true to themselves. 467 00:21:14,306 --> 00:21:17,976 Think about this Flexible styles are not inauthentic 468 00:21:18,243 --> 00:21:21,480 because they originate from a genuine place and our extension 469 00:21:21,480 --> 00:21:25,584 of the compassion and heart that leaders need to connect with their employees. 470 00:21:25,617 --> 00:21:26,218 Amen. 471 00:21:26,218 --> 00:21:27,886 Authentic leaders can be 472 00:21:27,886 --> 00:21:31,857 the one thing that the followers can count on thicker than good or bad. 473 00:21:31,857 --> 00:21:34,559 They know they can count on their authentic leader. That's good. 474 00:21:34,793 --> 00:21:35,927 That's really good. 475 00:21:35,927 --> 00:21:38,497 Oh, I want to mention Dave, that we've got an authentic leadership 476 00:21:38,497 --> 00:21:42,167 quiz on the lead 1212 website that can rate your abilities 477 00:21:42,167 --> 00:21:45,270 to an authentic leadership area and let you know exactly where you. 478 00:21:45,304 --> 00:21:46,338 You need to work. 479 00:21:46,338 --> 00:21:49,908 Just go to lead 1212 VCOP kind of echo everything. 480 00:21:50,108 --> 00:21:53,078 Some scripture I was thinking of is John, ten, ten and eleven. 481 00:21:53,445 --> 00:21:55,681 And it's important that we put this to walk. 482 00:21:55,714 --> 00:21:58,150 And so this is kind of, I don't know, this kind of hit me. 483 00:21:58,483 --> 00:22:01,787 The thief comes to only still and kill and destroy. 484 00:22:01,820 --> 00:22:05,390 So when you're not your authentic self, Satan wins 485 00:22:05,524 --> 00:22:08,794 because ho absolutely wants you to be anything but God. Yes. 486 00:22:08,827 --> 00:22:11,663 And the only way that you can be yourself is to be guys. 487 00:22:11,830 --> 00:22:16,301 Jesus says, I have come that you may have life and have it to the fullest. Yes. 488 00:22:16,368 --> 00:22:19,204 one step further, he goes, I am the Good Shepherd. 489 00:22:19,204 --> 00:22:22,074 The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. 490 00:22:22,074 --> 00:22:24,576 Verse eleven. Oh, that's beautiful. That was perfect. 491 00:22:24,643 --> 00:22:27,079 And here's the thing, Chris, that I think we messed up on. 492 00:22:27,112 --> 00:22:29,281 I don't know about you, but if you could pick any animal 493 00:22:29,281 --> 00:22:31,249 that you could be, what animal would you pick? 494 00:22:31,249 --> 00:22:32,184 That's a good question. 495 00:22:32,184 --> 00:22:33,685 I'd have to give it some thought right away. 496 00:22:33,685 --> 00:22:35,787 I think a bear comes to see. I'm right. 497 00:22:35,787 --> 00:22:38,557 I'm thinking, I'm thinking an elephant so I could just step on somebody. 498 00:22:38,557 --> 00:22:43,528 It's a big it's a big guy thing or for a walrus because I love a walrus, 499 00:22:43,528 --> 00:22:45,630 because they slap their belly and they spirit people. 500 00:22:46,398 --> 00:22:47,032 Yeah, thank you. 501 00:22:49,468 --> 00:22:51,236 But what does God tell us? 502 00:22:51,236 --> 00:22:54,039 What an animal are we that God tells us we are sheep? 503 00:22:54,039 --> 00:22:55,607 Sheep. Yes, exactly. 504 00:22:55,607 --> 00:22:57,709 What is the sheep? Do they bear? 505 00:22:57,709 --> 00:22:58,910 The only way sheep do? 506 00:22:58,910 --> 00:23:01,012 Any thing is that they're under shepherd's care. Yes. 507 00:23:01,179 --> 00:23:02,114 And they do what? 508 00:23:02,114 --> 00:23:02,714 You say it again. 509 00:23:02,714 --> 00:23:05,417 They say bad, but that's so uncool, right? 510 00:23:05,517 --> 00:23:06,518 It is cruel. 511 00:23:06,518 --> 00:23:10,088 And guess why we are and the authentic leaders on call? 512 00:23:10,088 --> 00:23:11,022 That's beautiful. 513 00:23:11,022 --> 00:23:13,191 And when we are guides, we are, we aren't. 514 00:23:13,191 --> 00:23:15,794 We are his sheep where under the shepherd's care, 515 00:23:16,128 --> 00:23:18,497 and that's the only way to be our authentic self. 516 00:23:18,497 --> 00:23:19,364 So true. 517 00:23:19,364 --> 00:23:21,700 We hope you guys have an awesome week. 518 00:23:21,700 --> 00:23:23,468 If there's any way we can bless you. 519 00:23:23,468 --> 00:23:24,369 Let us know. 520 00:23:24,369 --> 00:23:27,139 Work at being your authentic self for Christ. Be a sheep. 521 00:23:29,508 --> 00:23:30,242 This is an 522 00:23:30,242 --> 00:23:33,044 LBC production which stands for LB. 523 00:23:33,245 --> 00:23:37,716 If you knew that or not, but it also stands for laughing because we're safe. 524 00:23:37,916 --> 00:23:41,353 But we kind of like the pounds, so Chris will lift them 525 00:23:41,353 --> 00:23:44,423 and I will gain them and we will have a great time. 526 00:23:44,423 --> 00:23:45,157 Thanks for listening.

We live in an era in which the distinction between “reality” and “authenticity” has become ambiguous. Television shows about strangers marrying strangers, celebrity housewives and husbands, and one family keeping up with another. Interestingly, these realities do not appear to bear any resemblance to the realities that most of us live or experience daily.

Today, the world is full of “reality” leaders that make leadership all about themselves.

Authentic Leadership is just the opposite.

Authentic Leadership is not about ego.  Jesus did not puff out his chest and demand that everyone do his wishes because he is the boss.

Studies have found that today people are very insecure about what is going on around them. As a result, the need for authentic Leadership is significantly increasing in recent times due to social upheavals.  Today, people are longing for trustworthy leaders.

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Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

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