Just 3 Questions about Leadership with Steve Stroope

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Have you ever wondered how someone becomes a great leader? In the Just 3 Questions series, we’ve asked some of today’s top leaders three simple questions about leadership.

Steve Stroope is the Lead Pastor at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, TX. In this first video, he answers, “Who is the best leader you have ever sat under and why were they so good?”

Steve mentioned several things about his pastor that he felt contributed to his success as a leader. He said that his pastor:

  • gave clear objectives
  • delegated and empowered those who worked for him
  • defined the parameters of freedom
  • gave great feedback
  • and was generous with praise.

Take a moment to think about that list. Are there areas here that you are currently excelling at? Which ones? Does this list give you any ideas on ways that you can improve? How?
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In this next clip, Steve answers the question, “What is the most important thing you do to develop leaders?”

Who are you bringing on your leadership journey? If you aren't currently mentoring someone, take a moment to consider who you might help release into leadership.
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Steve made the distinction of not just having someone watch, then lead with you, then lead while you watch and then lead alone, but that all those events should take place followed by a conversation. Why is that important? Why is it important to continue the cycle?
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In this next video, Steve answers the question, “What is the most important thing you do to develop yourself as a leader?”

Steve mentioned two main things: reading and spending time with other leaders who lead differently than he does. When was the last time you read a book on leadership? If it's been a while, take a moment to look on the web and see what's out there and pick one.
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Which other leaders do you spend time with? What one thing have you learned specifically from being around another great leader?
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In this final "bonus" clip, Steve answers the question, “What is the most important thing you do to strengthen your Christian faith on a daily basis?”

Steve mentioned several spiritual disciplines: nature, silence, service, praise music, prayer, journaling, etc. What helps you get close to God? How do you feel about Steve's recommendation to "change it up to keep it fresh"? What might you try different to keep your relationship with God vibrant?
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No two people lead exactly the same way, but there are sound leadership principles that can help you become all the leader God has planned you to be. May God grant you wisdom and grace as you lead others in His service.