In the last blog, we discussed everyone's R.O.L.E. in disciple-making leadership. You may be thinking that is all well and good but HOW do you approach someone to start that relationship?
You may be thinking that my definition for DmL makes sense but that I really cannot make a case for it outside of Jesus Christ and the Great Commission in Matthew 28. Now, we will dig into that specific and well-known passage later, but I want to prove a point - the New Testament is filled with examples of DmL.
In a few earlier posts, I set the table for Disciple-making Leadership (DmL) by sharing how we need less leadership theory and more leadership actuality. We then looked at the greatest leader of all time - Jesus - and how His entire life was based on creating disciples to carry His message of redemption.
In the last blog, I talked about the difference between leadership theory (an intellectual exercise) and leadership actuality (an application exercise). We have an abundance of theory, which has accomplished little, and we need much more actuality. I closed with a hint of what was coming in this entry - DmL
Two unrelated elements have contributed to this blog and its specific title - Leadership Actuality. First, there are books. I love them and have a bunch of them. This year, however, I've set a goal not to purchase a book this year. Why? Simple - instead of reading something new, I need to apply the learning that I already have. This will be a year of revisiting things I have already read.
In our leadership series looking at Hebrew kings, we have how reached our 5th installment. Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, had everything ready-made for a great reign. His grandfather brought unity to the kingdom and peace by conquering their enemies. His father oversaw tremendous prosperity as nations traded with Israel and he built the Temple where God would be worshipped. Success was in his future - or was it?
So far in our Hebrew king series, we've covered three kings and are now backing up to get one that we missed. Presently, these are the kings that we have discussed:
On Memorial Day of this year, I finished reading a Keith Grint book entitled Leadership, Management, and Command: Rethinking D-Day. This deep-dive into every aspect possible of the D-Day invasion used the construct of tame and wicked problems to consider how each side prepared for and implemented their responses. At times, the book was a slow moving read but, in others, it was a fascinating page-turner. One particular section grabbed my attention and is the topic of this blog. How does tank doctrine and production have anything to do with leadership? Well, read on and you will find out.
If you have been following this series on Hebrew kings and the lessons they can teach us, you probably wonder why have skipped the next Hebrew king. Well, I call it author's license! It makes perfect sense, in my opinion, to shift to him for some lessons to be learned and applied. Let's move forward and see what we can glean from his life that can help us improve our lives.
Far too often, people - self included - give up doing the small things because they do not seem to matter. That decision, however, is short-sighted but is rooted in our "results now" culture. Whenever we start or attempt anything, we always need to keep a long-term mindset. This blog shares an example of when a little becomes a lot AND I'll be celebrating a little bit of personal success too! Keep on reading...