One of the 7 books that I finished over my Christmas break (can you tell I like to read?!) was Jenni Catron’s The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership. A few weeks ago I wrote this post about the first portion of the book. It was an incredible privilege and honor to be part of Jenni’s virtual book club hosted by Propel Women. Not only did she record videos each of the 4 weeks of the club, but she took time to pray for us, respond to our comments and questions, and encourage us on our own leadership journeys.
The core of Jenni’s book, in chapters 4 through 7, explored each of the 4 dimensions from Mark 12:30 – heart, soul, mind and strength. Not only does Jenni make it clear to see what leading from each of those dimensions looks like, she also takes the time to explore what your weaknesses may be in conjunction with that dimension. I’d like to take a few minutes to share with you what I found to be the highlights of each element.
Lead with all your heart
- These leaders understand that one of our greatest human needs is to be known.
- You can see that we are all unique, and that uniqueness can be used to contribute to a greater story.
- Praise is only meaningful when it’s given by someone who will also compel you to grow. (Loc 1134)
- In order to lead someone, you first have to be able to connect. And to connect with someone, we must treat them as the center of our attention.
- You will have the greatest amount of influence on people when you genuinely care about them.
- When your heart “gets in the way”, you may find yourself the hero for the present, but creating dysfunction for the future.
Lead with all your soul
- These leaders use the convictions of their faith as guidelines for every decision and action they take.
- You recognize you are part of God’s plan, not His complete plan – therefore the ultimate authority is not yours to claim.
- You pour into the lives of those you lead more than you expect them to serve you.
- What if rather than attempting to impart wisdom to those we lead, we begin praying for wisdom to enter their hearts? (Loc 1563)
- This is most consistently shown through our character – how we live, not what we say.
Lead with all your mind
- Management is the method that we use to put our leadership into action.
- By putting time and effort into processes and procedures, we help our organizations reach maximum effectiveness.
- Stewardship is a huge part of leading well – because when we manage our resources (people, stuff, time, etc) well, God may choose to entrust us with more. Not only that, but good stewards inspire trust in those they lead. (Loc 1881)
- When your mind takes control, you must be careful not to become prideful, arrogant, or the person who shoots down everyone else’s ideas.
Lead with all your strength
- These leaders inspire hope and possibility to their teams because they exude the strength that comes from great vision.
- Tying the everyday tasks that your team completes to vision outcomes will provide incredible motivation.
- Vision without action creates pipe dreams. Visionary leaders are not only dreamers; they are doers too. (Loc 2228)
- Not only do you define the goals, you also provide the pathways to see those goals accomplished.
The final portion of Jenni’s book shows you how to practically start leading with all four of these dimensions in mind. Though it was easy for me to identify my own strengths as I lead, it was even easier to dwell on my shortcomings and weaknesses. But I was reminded that the calling that I have to lead isn’t meant to be a burden – it’s meant to be compelling. I am compelled to share with others what I have learned. I am compelled to help my teams know that they are part of a bigger story. I am compelled to be the extraordinary leader that God has called me to be.
Want to read Part One? You can do that here.