Genuine Leadership

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Genuine Leadership

 

It’s easy to be a leadership junkie and get caught up in all of the facets of leadership to grow your team and your ministry. How many books have you read about leadership? How many audio messages have you listened to? How many conferences have you attended? You can be totally equipped to lead the masses. However, if you lead children and lead the leaders who lead the children, then it is vital that your leadership should be genuine. Children need leaders who are genuinely imperfect and real to pattern their lives after. Your leaders deserve the same type of leadership.

 

Relational leadership is probably your style, and if it isn’t, it should be how you lead. Collaboration and teamwork must be at the top of your values list. If you want your people, young and old, to take this journey with you and accomplish the mission, you must be real with people. You work too closely to people frequently enough that most of them can discern where you are with them. Here’s your checklist to provide leadership that keeps you real and benefits the team you’re leading and the children you minister to.

 

  • Acknowledge your limitations.
  • Be accountable.
  • Humble yourself.
  • Stay visible.

 

Acknowledge your limitations.

This is not a knock on faith. Yes, you can do all things in Christ Jesus, but you know what you are not good at. Stop kidding yourself. Furthermore, don’t waste the majority of your time trying to improve on your weaknesses. Work with people who are strong in these areas. It requires that you share your authority to empower these people to make things happen in areas you cannot. What about me? Administration is my weakness. I’m not good at it. I even despise it most of the time. It’s not a cop out to be lazy. There are administrative duties that I cannot, should not, and will not entrust someone else to do for me. That’s when I ask for help. What’s your weak area? Have you partnered with someone who is gifted in the area you are not?

 

Be accountable

This is the least popular of points, and it is also the least practiced. You must have people in your life who can tell you like it is. These are the straight shooters. Do you really want to surround yourself with people who will nod their heads and agree with every single decision and direction you take? You must be accountable at least one other leader who can and will question your decisions and your attitudes towards these decisions.

 

Humble yourself.

You cannot be accountable without being humble. You are a leader because you have a measure of confidence and ambition to go along with your gift. Yet, you still need to humble yourself to stay grounded. Isn’t it better to humble yourself rather than allowing a person or a situation humble you? True humility says, “I don’t know it all: not even close.” Being humble means being flexible enough to be teachable. My favorite team sport is basketball. The best basketball players of all time only made 50% of their shots. Only Jesus can make them all.

 

Stay visible

Leading people is not easy. If it were, more people would lead. Stay visible. Be approachable. Be there for people. Be there for people as much as you can. This requires a lot of effort, but be close enough, frequently enough, so your team can see your faults as well as your strengths. Your team will see that you are a “real” person. The children will see that you are a “real” person.

 

Show your team and the children that you are much more than a leader who preaches, emails, FaceBooks, and Tweets leadership sayings. Anyone can quote or re-post a John Maxwell principle. Your leaders and your children are more than willing to join in the journey with you when they make that interpersonal connection with the “real” you. These connections promote unity and synergy. Moving forward with great momentum is an awesome thing. Keep it real and lead for real.

My first published book


My first published book is a children’s book titled Violen. It started off as an entry in a journal in 1999. Finally, got a hard cover book today. Ahhh… that new book smell… The book is currently sold at the Blurb store at http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/388325-violen

You can also click on the Violen Project tab of my blog to read more.

Recommendation for Violen

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Thanks to Kasia Piekut from mark-making.com for promoting my book titled Violen, which is sold on Blurb as an eBook and printed copy. This children’s story is about a boy who has an extraordinary gift and passion to play the violin and gets the chance to play in front of his entire school. This book is targeted towards your 8-12 year olds, but everyone can enjoy my first published work. Violen is beautifully illustrated by Albert Montes and gets the credit for this photo. Read more about Violen on my Projects page. If you like the story, please comment in the Blurb Store as well. http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/388325-violen

 

The Teenage CEO

Leanna Archer started her company at 9 years old and became the youngest person to ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell. At 17, Lauren grosses over $100,000 per year, and her humanitarian efforts include creating a foundation to help underprivileged children in Haiti. When young people are given the chance, they can rock this world!

Who Wants Hipstamatic’s Oggl? This guy

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Introducing Oggl, a Community for Creative People to Capture and Curate their Lives Through Photography

It’s a big day for the Hipstamatic community: For the first time ever, we’re launching a new way to experience Hipstamatic’s beautifully crafted lenses and films, and providing a way for our community to connect like never before.

Let us introduce you to Oggl: a community for creative people to capture and curate their lives through photography.

-Oggl isn’t a fuzzy snap of cooking solo on Tuesday—it’s dinner at French Laundry.

-Oggl isn’t screenshots of your favorite album cover—it’s when you hung backstage with the band.

-Oggl isn’t ducklips or bathroom selfies—it’s living like you mean it, your best creative work, and amazing life moments.

Key Features Oggl is designed around two key features: Capturing and curating photos.

Capture: Oggl is a “capture-first” shooting experience using Hipstamatic’s beautiful lenses and films, and comes with 5 “Favorites” pre-loaded for situational shooting: Landscape, Food, Portrait, Nightlife and Sunset. For the first time ever, edit a photo after it’s taken to experiment with different looks, and “tap to preview” effects before shooting.

Curate: Share your best photos to your Oggl profile to curate your personal story, and the browse the Curated Editorial Feeds, curated by the Hipstamatic team and talented photographers from around the world. With “My Collection,” see your photos showcased next to photos you’ve curated from around the community.

Additional features on Oggl include: Share to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Tumblr and Flickr, set new “Favorites” for situational shooting, tag location, and tag other Oggl community members in photos.

Joining the Community Oggl is an experience designed for capturing and curating beautiful photos, not for showcasing advertising. To support this vision for the community, Oggl is available via two subscription options: Monthly for $0.99 and yearly for $9.99. Each subscription comes with access to Hipstamatic’s entire catalog of current lens and film gear, and guarantees new gear each month.

Availability We want to make sure Oggl is the most awesome place for our community, so we’re rolling it out slowly through an invitation system. To request an invitation, visit the Oggl website. From the entire Hipstamatic team, we thank you in advance for your patience. We’ll get you in just as soon as we can!

An important word about Hipstamatic, the camera experience that started it all: For everyone out there who is wondering what this means for Hipstamatic — fret not, friends. Hipstamatic is here to stay.

From everyone at Hipstamatic, we want to thank you for being the best community in the world. You inspire us and we’re so thankful. ** Keep shootin’, and see you all on Oggl!

-Lucas Buick and Ryan Dorshorst, co-founders, Hipstamatic