OUR LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK
OUR FRAMEWORK PROVIDES THE FOUNDATION AND STRUCTURE FOR EVERYTHING WE DO
LEADER TO LEADER FRAMEWORK
When Diane O'Connor was working on her Masters degree in Ministry Leadership through Rockbridge Seminary, she created this diagram to illustrate her philosophy of servant-leadership. Her philosophy is based on the life of the best leadership role model of all time - Jesus Christ. He is the undisputed greatest leader of all time, with over 2.2 billion followers. He modeled a new kind of leadership - servant-leadership, and He led by example.
Diane started by asking herself, "Whom Should I Be Leading?" and created a diagram with five squares to answer the question. Then, for each square she asked the question, "What Should I Do to Lead Effectively?" Her diagram became a framework; a foundational structure on which to build as she grew personally in servant-leadership. She realized that everything she ever learned about leadership over the years fit someplace on her Framework!
Diane also had substantial training as a coach, and she used a coach approach to foster leadership development as she began to share her framework and philosophy with others. Each of our coaches and facilitators have adopted Diane's Framework and coach approach. We believe that leaders are smart! We believe that given the right environment and some powerful coaching questions, leaders will sharpen each other and grow together in servant-leadership. Everything we do is based on this Framework. Here it is in a nutshell:
The Framework illustrates that the first person we are called to lead is ourselves. Leaders develop character and focus as they clarify their personal design and calling, stay true to their personal values, and learn to live intentionally. Servant-leaders live and lead from the inside-out.
Next, leaders are called to influence others relationally (one-on-one). Effective leaders know the importance of building trust and handling conflict well in order to establish healthy relationships. And of course, leaders always return to leading themselves first.
LEAD A TEAM
Next, leaders work with a group of people, helping them to grow into a healthy team. A leader’s first team is often their family. To be effective, a leader must model the way, inspire a shared vision, equip and empower others, innovate and evaluate systems, celebrate wins, and encourage hearts.
LEAD AN ORGANIZATION
Leaders may eventually become “leaders of leaders” in a church, business, organization, community, or beyond; the principles of servant-leadership remain the same, and no matter how far they progress in leadership, a wise leader continues to live and lead from the inside-out.
LEAD A COMMUNITY
Servant-leaders will reach a point where they desire to reach out beyond themselves, their teams, and even their organizations. They can use their influence to have a positive impact on the community in which they serve. And, as always, a wise leader continues to personally live and lead from the inside-out.
A solid, proven strategy for developing servant-leaders can be built upon this Framework. Individual or group coaching, workshops, retreats, events, and conferences can all be designed to build on the timeless principles this Framework represents. Since the framework is progressive in nature, leaders can continue to build upon it for the rest of their lives. "Line upon line, precept upon precept..." Isaiah 28:10