Christian Character (“Who Am I?”)
The goal of Christian leadership character is to shape the intention of the heart and mind and for leaders to become like Christ in their actions. It is:
Servanthood: Leaders be humble in their use of authority and power, and will attend to the needs of their followers.
Integrity: Leaders will practice honesty with themselves, God, and others, resulting in behaviors that are consistent with their beliefs.
Teachable Spirit: Leaders will make themselves available to God for the ongoing transformation of the heart that produces the fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, etc.). They will admit mistakes and shortcomings, knowing that authenticity and transparency is part of the growth process.
Valuing all People: Leaders will treat all people as image bearers of God, value the diversity of each person, and work for social justice and equality in organizations and interpersonal relationships.
Calling (“Where Am I Going?”)
We desire for all Leaders to have a vision and passion for the practice of Christ-like leadership. Central to understanding leadership as calling is the belief that Christ-like leadership is possible for ordinary human beings through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. It is:
The Call to Lead: Leaders will understand leadership as influence and that God calls all Christians to lead as Christ led.
Self Awareness & Spiritual Formation: Leaders will be aware of the values, emotions, attitudes, and beliefs that motivate them to take action and will consciously be working toward aligning these elements with a Christ-centered perspective.
Vision Casting: Leaders will articulate a vision for the future that is rooted in an understanding of their gifts, talents, and abilities and God’s calling to influence others.
Competencies (“How Do I Get There?”)
Leaders who will successfully lead in a complex global world. Leadership competencies are knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics that are observable and measurable. Leadership competencies are not all-inclusive or job or task specific.
Communication: Leaders will actively listen to others and communicate effectively.
Collaboration: Leaders will work with others in a common effort, building cohesive teams that strive to accomplish the group’s goals through shared responsibility, authority, and accountability.
Interpersonal Skills: Leaders will treat others and themselves with respect and will effectively resolve conflicts with civility recognizing that controversy often leads to new, creative solutions to problems.
Time Management: Leaders will effectively manage their time and delegate tasks to others.
Goal Setting: Leaders will set clear, measurable goals and strive to reach them.
Decision-Making: Leaders will be effective decision-makers through defining problems, developing alternatives implementing solutions and assessing outcomes.
Intercultural Competence: Leaders will be aware of how their culture shapes their understanding of themselves, other people, their immediate context, the world, and will have knowledge of different cultural practices and will demonstrate genuine and constructive engagement in cross-cultural contexts.