Effective leaders are able to communicate values as well as vision to their team. Read Isaiah 30:1-5.
No leader can guarantee the future but every team member has the right to ask their leader “where are we heading” and “what are the methods we will use to get there.” Every responsible leader should have an answer concerning operational core values and the vision for this month and for the next 3 years.
The truly successful leader will train their team to take over without missing a beat when something happen to them. Read Luke 24:46-49.
Jesus had accomplished His assignment on earth and was about to return to heaven where He would reside until His promised return at the end of the age. Even though Jesus had completed His assignment there was a whole world of people in His generation and all the generations to follow who still needed to know that Jesus had made reconciliation with God for the human sin condition. It was to fulfill this ongoing part of His mission that Jesus trained a team that could take over and carry His message to their generation and future generations.
The effective leader finds a number of ways to constantly restate the goals and priorities of their mission. Read Luke 15:1-32.
Jesus was clear about His mission. According to Luke 19:10 He came “…to seek and to save what was lost”; those that were separated from God. Jesus found many ways to communicate that goal to the crowds that followed Him, His team, and the religious and political leaders. In Luke 15 Jesus reinforced His mission through three different stories about different situations; the sheep were lost naturally, the coin got lost accidentally, and the son got lost willfully. No matter what created the lost condition, Jesus came to find and help those who were separated from God.
Effective leaders get their team to buy into their vision. Read Luke 5:1-11.
As Jesus began His public ministry He started speaking to larger and larger crowds. At one point Jesus was speaking near the Lake of Gennesaret and as the crowd grew in size and pressed in on Him, Jesus got into a fishing boat at the water’s edge and asked Simon (later known as Peter), the owner, to put out a little from shore. Free from the press of the crowd, Jesus sat in the boat and taught the people.
The effective leader reminds their team regularly of the mission. Read Mark 13:1-37.
Jesus was in Jerusalem prior to His crucifixion. As He and His disciples were leaving the temple the disciples drew His attention to the beautiful stone work in the temple. This opened the door for Jesus to help His disciples understand more about what would happen in the future to usher in the Kingdom of God. Right in the middle of talking about the birthing pains to establish the Kingdom i.e. wars and rumors of wars and earthquakes, etc., Jesus refocused His disciples on the team’s mission. Verse 10 says, “And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.” In His leadership role Jesus often called attention to the vision of God.