Just 3 Questions about Leadership with Dr. John Townsend

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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.

Dr. John Townsend is an author of over 20 books, the radio host of New Life Live, a clinical psychologist and a leadership consultant. In this first video, he answers, “Who is the best leader you have ever sat under and why were they so good?”

John said that his boss, Roy, "put a fire under him" about leadership by encouraging and mentoring him. It's so easy to underestimate how much of an impact your confidence and investment in someone else might have. Who are you building up right now? Who else might you take under your wing?
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In this next clip, John answers the question, “What is the most important thing you do to develop leaders?”

John said that when he's working to develop leaders, he asks them two important questions: 

  1. Do you know yourself?
  2. Do you know people?

Take a moment to honestly answer those questions for yourself. Can you specifically identify your strengths and weaknesses. Your passions, your background, your mistakes? Why is this so important?
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Do you know people? What do you do to get to know the people you work with? How are you at constructive confrontation? What should you work on?
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In this next video, John answers the question, “What is the most important thing you do to develop yourself as a leader?”

John said that he makes himself accountable to a few people who know his blind spots. Who are you accountable to? How honest have you been with them? If you are currently accountable to no one, who could become your accountability partner? Why is this important?
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John also said that he reads tons of good material about leadership. What are you reading right now that is helping you grow in leadership?
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Once you find an excellent leadership book or resource, consider sharing that with other leaders in your organization.

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In this final "bonus" clip, John answers the question, “What is the most important thing you do to strengthen your Christian faith on a daily basis?”

John emphatically endorses spending time with God in His Word every day. Has that become a habit for you? Why or why not? How is God leading you through His Word?
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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.

To learn more about Dr. John Townsend, visit www.cloudtownsend.com