From the Author: Quick Tricks for the Leader Who Wants to Grow
- Get off the Leadership Island. If you find yourself leading alone, someone is setting you up and it's not your boss or your employees. It's Satan. He wants you to be alone in your leadership, so when things frustrate or overwhelm you, you don't have anyone to turn to. There are two kinds of support every leader needs: Cheerleaders and Challengers. The cheerleaders are on your side even when you haven't done your best. They always believe in you and speak it into your spirit. They speak words of encouragement that help us survive the inevitable bumps of leadership. The Challengers are people who push us to get better, to go even farther. They call you out when you are not doing your best and they don't let you settle into average. We need a balance of both in our lives. As a leader if you only have cheerleaders, you'll be happy and comfortable, but you'll never grow. If you only have challengers, you'll get easily discouraged and you might feel like giving up.
- Develop your leader finesse. Focus on these 3 areas for quick but solid growth:
- Find a mentor that possesses skills you admire. Watch them and take notes. Apply what you see and hear in your own leadership life.
- Brush up on your reading. I go back often to tried and true leadership guru's like John Maxwell and Patrick Lencioni, but I also check out current leadership titles, i.e. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath.
- Pick a leadership skill to work on this week. Write down how you want to improve and set short, but easy goals that you can accomplish in a short time.
- Give permission for a fellow leader to speak into you. Embrace the fact that a blind leader is a weak leader and be willing to look honestly at what you are not good at. Invite another leader who knows you well to speak into your actions, your attitudes and your skills. Are there blind spots that elude you? Giving someone permission to speak freely, with the assurance you won't bite their head off is humbling, wise and a sure way to sharpen your leader acuity.
From the Inside Flap
"God created in [us] the desire and raw talent to lead, just as he has in you. . . . God is asking us to do something with what he has given us: not to dig a hole and keep it a secret or pretend with false humility that we aren't able, and not to hide in a corner because we're afraid someone will point a finger and label us bossy. But to use our creativity and ability to learn, grow, and become the leader God designed us to be."
From the Introduction
Just Lead! is a welcome guide for women who feel called to lead but who need help to learn what it takes to break the "stained-glass ceiling." As two experienced leaders who have served in a number of capacities in churches and organizations, Surratt and Catron not only explore the barriersinternal and externalthat keep women from assuming a leadership role but also provide practical reality checks on what women can do to become effective leaders. The book shows how to handle criticism, face indecision, and grapple with the loneliness that often comes with being in charge. It also offers sage advice on respecting gender differences, overcoming communication barriers, leading other women, and developing a balanced team.
Written with style and wit, Just Lead! is filled with illustrative examples, solid research, and practical advice for women who aspire to leadership roles within their churches and ministries. Sherry Surratt and Jenni Catron have "walked the leadership walk" and are wise companions in showing godly women how to lead well.
If you are a woman who wants to successfully navigate the transitions necessary to lead well in church and ministry settings, Just Lead! is the handbook you need.