Self Leadership

2016 Work as Worship Conference

Leadership is an incredible gift. Through leadership, we can influence those we lead, make a difference in our companies, and bring about real change. While leading others has its benefits, we cannot neglect the most valuable form of leadership—self leadership. When we lead ourselves well, our team and organization reap the benefits. In this 31-minute session, pastor Steve Stroope outlines the essentials of self leadership.

Steve Stroope is Lead Pastor of the multi-campus Lake Pointe Church near Dallas, Texas. He is also a sought-after speaker and church consultant and the co-author of Money Matters in the Church, Tribal Church, and It Starts at Home

Though all the types of leadership are important and worth developing, if we neglect ourselves, all other leadership roles we assume can suffer. We exercise self leadership in order to benefit ourselves and those we lead. 

How would you say you're doing in the area of self leadership? Why?
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What sort of impact could your self leadership have on those you lead?
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 Steve made four overarching points about self leadership:
  • Pay attention to how you're created.
  • Concentrate on your calling.
  • Maximize your energy.
  • Pay attention to the season you're in.

Which of the four points of self leadership stand out to you the most? Why? Which ones convict you? Why?
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Part of self leadership means you know yourself well. Steve used four categories to sort our activities at work:
  • What we're bad at
  • What we're good at
  • What we're great at
  • What we have the unique ability to do

Would you say you know your strengths and weaknesses well? Why or why not?
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Steve suggested writing out all you do in a month and labeling the activities according to the four categories (bad, good, great, unique ability). Use the space below to try his exercise. What did you discover? How are you spending your time and energy?
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What are some of your unique abilities? What might it look like for you to spend more time on your unique abilities than on what you're good or great at?
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Steve explained a cycle of seasons we experience in the workplace.
  1. Dream stage—the beginning of something new (business, project, job, etc.).
  2. Do stage—the routine begins to establish.
  3. Drag stage—the routine drags out of alignment, usually due to a problem or conflict.
  4. Dark stage—the leader chooses to reevaluate and take the necessary steps to enact change.

What stage do you relate to the most in your work right now? Why?
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Steve said he takes the time in the "Dark Stage" to reevaluate his position at the church. He also spends consistent time resting each week in order to create margin and time for reflection. What does reevaluation look like in your life? How do you make time to rest? Where do you see room for growth?
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How could you apply self leadership to your life this week? What is one change you could make this week in order to lead yourself well?
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The way you lead yourself can impact the entirety of your life—from you work, to your marriage, to your relationship with God. This week, pick one of Steve's points to focus on. Maybe spend time figuring out what your unique abilities are. Or make time to rest. Or reorient how you spend your time at work. Whatever your next step, ask God for the strength to move forward.

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Learn more from Steve in his course Self Leadership.