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A Leader Should...
Annette Nay, Ph.D.
Copyright © 1999
A leader should:
- Lead with a clean and overpowering sense of vision.
Do so by being mentally, emotionally, and spiritually prepared by carefully and prayerfully considering the material and formulating the vision.
- Encourage free expression of each council member.
- Respect free agency.
- Agency has risks, challenges, responsibility and endows power to those who use it wisely.
- Each buys into the idea when the decision is a part of each member.
- Give clear concise instruction, then allow the council to decide the details.
- Work step by step with the council.
- Consider the breath and the pace.
- Allow plenty of opportunity for reporting, council, and follow-up instruction with each step.
- Realize that heavenly manifestations of plans or vision is not limited to the present.
- Their implementation my not happen all at once.
- Example: The growing of leaders by providing responsibilities to those in a certain area for the growth of leadership in a new ward planned by the Lord for years from now.
- Realize that a program is built from the ground up.
- Example: If an excellent Laurel's program is wanted, put the best person in as Beehive Advisor. Over time there will be and excellent Young Women's Program.
- Effective leaders delegate.
- Delegate responsibility to promote growth of capable people.
- Always ask for follow-up reports to see the work is done correctly.
- Delegation establishes a template for performance.
- Do only those jobs that must be done by the President, then delegate all others.
- Delegation brings blessings to those who serve and keeps the President from wearing out.
- Listen carefully, follow instructions, return and report, and most importantly do it!
Have your people do the same.
- Teach by precept and example.
- Example: Christ commanded them to pray, then showed them how to do it by praying to the Father, himself.
- Know that the servant is not greater than his lord; neither visa-versa. See John 13:4-9 & 12-17.
- Serve with love.
- If we don't truly love each other we can't possibly convey the full power of the gospel of love, no matter what we do.
- Whenever a spirit of love and cooperation exists among the members, it permeates every meeting. The opposite is also true.
- Spend most of your time discussing ways to reactivate members not in administration.
- Realize and fill the spiritual and temporal needs.
- Make fellowshipping assignments.
- Pair people with common interests.
- Members show love and consideration to those they serve.
- Make a difference in other's lives.
- Work from a published agenda.
This should be given out at lease 24 hours in advance of the meeting.
- Use this sequence for council meetings:
- Express love, concern, and appreciation for the council members.
- Have an opening prayer.
- Address each item on the agenda.
- Make short preparatory comments as needed.
- Present the item or ask for discussion on the item.
- Members speak when moved on by the spirit.
- Members strive to feel the will of the lord about each item.
- Members may have to change their own feelings and thoughts to be in harmony with the spirit and the council.
- When a sense of unity is forming the President asks for a recommendation.
- Recommendations should summarize the feelings of the whole council.
- President states, "We have a recommendation is there any further discussion?"
- The recommendation may be modified at this time.
- The recommendation is then presented in a form of a motion.
- The motion is seconded.
- The council votes on the motion.
- Thus the motion has been made in harmony, unity, and faith with the combined judgment of each member and in harmony with the Spirit.
- Teach correct principles and they govern themselves (Journal of Discourses 10:54-58).
- When unanimity doesn't exist and the situation necessitates a
quick decision, the leader may call down an answer from God, because
of the keys and mantle of authority given for that position. Then
he/she may use these statements to explain the decision.
- This is the decision we/I feel comfortable with
- We/I have listened to your recommendations.
- We/I have done our/my best to implement your suggestions.
- We/I have reached a decision based on the Spirit.
- Either we/I are working through God or we are fallen
leaders./I am a fallen leader.
- Your choice is to sustain us/me and this decision or ask for
- Now, ask for a sustaining vote.
- Really listen to your counselors thoughts and feelings.
- Ask penetrating, meaningful questions to make sure their perspective or feelings are understood and to let them know that you have heard.
- Let your council members you value their input and that you expect them to express themselves.
- Always let the council express their ideas on the subject at hand before giving yours.
- Never forget, as the leader, you are ultimately responsible for all decisions and the actions carried out because of them.
- Call good people to serve with you.
- Listen to their counsel.
- Consider their input.
- Listen to the Spirit, who is the most important person in the council to listen to.
- Make the central focus of each plan/ activity be for:
- Bringing souls to Christ
- Proclaiming the gospel
- Perfecting the Saints
- Redeeming the Dead.
- Work will be more focused and fruitful when examined through the lens of saving souls.
- A church council constitutes two or more people gathered in Christ's name. This can be a room full of people or a President and one or more of her presidency.
Ballard, M. Russell (1997). Counseling with Our Councils. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company.