It’s troubling to see a gifted and talented leader give up a lifetime of ministry for a moment of temptation. We all face temptation, and saying no is not always easy. None of us as leaders will escape this challenge. But how you handle your temptation will determine, to a great degree, the effectiveness and longevity of your ministry.

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Jenni Catron

Note From Dan: Jenni Catron is a friend and sharp leader. I’m fired up about her guest post today! Her experience as a church leader, and mentor to leaders, brings wisdom and practical insight to us all. Her new book is titled: The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership: The Power of Leading from Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength. Highly recommended… and now here’s some wisdom from Jenni.

Leadership is hard.  It’s a difficult calling and responsibility.  If I finish my life and haven’t left a mark or made an impact that was significant to another person’s life, I won’t be content with that.  It’s my “holy discontent,” the term Pastor Bill Hybels has coined to describe the deep passion within us that moves us to make a difference.  My holy discontent is to be an extraordinary leader.  I want to jump out of my skin, inspired, when I see an extraordinary leader in action.  I want to go into hiding and never emerge again when I fail remarkably in critical leadership moments.

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No one like rules, but without them life is no more than chaos.

No one likes to be told what to do, but without submission to authority we experience confusion, disorder, and misalignment.

The local church is the poster child for gathering individuals who want to do what is right in their own eyes.

Enter policies.

The truth is that we need policies. Staff policies, finance policies, security policies, and the list goes on. We may not like them, but we need these guidelines, fences and boundaries that not only help us move together as an aligned team, but protect us from wasting time, effort and energy.

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John C. Maxwell

When people sit in a chair and listen to you for thirty minutes or three hours…  what keeps them in that chair?

It’s never wise to assume or take for granted that people are listening as you talk. As a communicator, it’s always good to remember that people have a choice about whether or not they will continue listening to you over time.

Chris Huff, long time colleague and friend on staff at 12Stone® Church, gave me a great idea about how to address this subject in 5 levels. In fact, it’s connected to my mentor and friend John Maxwell’s 5 Levels of Leadership, but with a twist from leadership to communication.

So what if we integrate the levels of influence with communication? Then use that as a tool to assess, and intentionally become a better communicator.

This works for both personal and platform communication.

Let’s jump in, and keep in mind that each of these levels build on the last; they do not stand on their own.

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