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Welcome to the latest edition of Lead On, the monthly email with leader-to-leader input from CPAS. If you know others who may be interested in this email, please forward it on or point them towards www.cpas.org.uk/leadon. Thank you.

A slower pace?

It’s that time again. The summer holidays loom large in our diaries (at least for those of us fortunate to be able to take one), the pace slackens a little, and warmer days invite us to stop for a while in the sun (not forgetting the sun screen of course!).
I try to slow things down a little over the six weeks of the summer period. The rest of the year is pretty fast paced, so embracing a different pace, a slightly different rhythm, is a good discipline for me.
Time to think, pray, read, reflect, prepare, give, enjoy, relate…
So a simple question for Lead On this month. What would it be good to do differently over the summer period that will renew, refresh and resource you for the autumn onwards? Don’t create a long to do list, just a few things.
When you've got a few ideas, be sure to share them with one or two key people around you who can help you fulfil them.
It was Bill Hybels who said: 'The best gift you can give the people you lead is a healthy, energised, fully-surrendered, focused self. And no one else can do that for you.' 
Summer is a great time to renew this gift.
Lead on

What does servant mentality in leadership look like?

John Dunnett, CPAS general director, explores what servant leadership looks like through the lens of five biblical images of servanthood. 
‘For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’ (Mark 10:45)
The word ‘servant’ and its derivatives appear approximately 100 times in the New Testament. On a number of these occasions leaders are called to pursue and embody a servant ‘shape’ in the way that they minister and live out their calling. The danger of this familiarity is ...
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How great leaders inspire action
Simon Sinek has become a household name in some circles because of a very simple but profound observation about leadership. In this 18 minute TED talk he demonstrates something that he calls the Golden Circle, three concentric rings with ‘what’ on the outside, ‘how’ on the ring and ‘why’ in the middle. His basic thesis is that people buy into a product, not just because of the ‘what’ that is on offer, but because of the ‘why’ that motivates the provider to develop it.
He illustrates his point with reference to Apple, the Wright brothers and Martin Luther King, all of whom had a profound belief that something great could happen which resonated with those who bought into it. For example, Martin Luther King was not the only human rights advocate who had suffered the effect of discrimination who was speaking publically – but his message communicated a belief that things could be different and people identified with that belief.
His message put simply is that ‘people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it’.
This is very good news for church leaders. We are in the middle of times of great change and many of us might lack confidence about our ability to ‘do church’ in a way that fits the context of our day. Amid the ‘fit for purpose’ questions that we apply, or have thrown at our praxis, we do well to make sure that we keep in touch with the reasons that we do it, the motivation that gets us out of bed and the vision that the gospel holds before us.
In his conclusion, he talks about those who are leaders and those who lead. He says: 'Leaders hold power, but those who lead inspire us.' His appeal to all of us who have positions of authority is to lead from our inspiration rather than rule from our status.
If you enjoy this talk, there is a later one by the same speaker from March 2014 entitled ‘Why good leaders make you feel safe', which contains great illustrations from the world of business and the military that summarise some of his thinking from his book Leaders Eat Last.
Graham Archer

Additional resource material

How to spend the first 10 minutes of your day
Drawing on the practice of top chefs, this Harvard Business Review post suggests a way of starting the day that takes 10 minutes, but might just help our days to be more fruitful.
Many are wondering how to develop disciples today. EA have completed some research and created some videos of leading thinkers and practitioners in this area, all available on their website. Good stuff to be mined here.
Worship and Mystery: Handling a Contemporary Fashion
Jeremy Begbie gave the CFD Moule lecture at Ridley Hall in June. Professor Begbie was formerly Doctrine Tutor at Ridley Hall and is Director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. He is an accomplished pianist and brilliant communicator. This is an entertaining, thoughtful and critical reflection on mystery in worship. You can listen to the lecture here.

Leadership talk

'Of course, the call to empty ourselves of all that is self-centred is not so that we might be impotent in leadership - rather that we might then be filled daily with the Spirit.'
John Dunnett

Next month...

Be bold

Charles Burgess explores courage in leadership.  


A review of some apps to help leaders. 

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