Just 3 Questions about Leadership with Matt Carter

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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.

Matt Carter, is the Pastor of Preaching and Vision at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX. In this first video, he answers, “Who is the best leader you have ever sat under and why were they so good?”

One leadership quality Matt praised Kevin for was his ability to develop a positive, gospel, grace-filled culture at their church. How would you characterize the culture at your church or organization? How are you contributing to that culture? Should anything change? If so, what?
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Matt also mentioned that Kevin pours himself into young leaders. Who are you mentoring? Why is it so important to take the time to raise up additional leaders in your church or organization?
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In this next clip, Matt answers the question, “What is the most important thing you do to develop leaders?”

Matt said that he surrounds himself with really good people that are intelligent, love Jesus, and are teachable, and then he let's them lead! Is giving up some control and empowering others to really lead easy or hard for you? Why?
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How do you reward leaders who do a good job? How do you help them learn through their mistakes?
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In this next video, Matt answers the question, “What is the most important thing you do to develop yourself as a leader?”

Matt's first point was that he has to personally walk with Jesus. If he's not doing it, then how can he call others to do it? How is your walk with God? In what ways do you demonstrate an authentic life to your congregation or organization?
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Matt also said that he tries not to worry about who gets the credit for things, even when someone else gets credit for something he did. How do you feel about this? For most of us, this is probably really hard. What's the real issue behind wanting people to acknowledge you for a job well done instead of giving the credit to someone else?
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In this final "bonus" clip, Matt answers the question, “What is the most important thing you do to strengthen your Christian faith on a daily basis?”

Matt said that he needs to keep Jesus as his first love, to stay emotionally in love with Jesus. What does that look like for you? Why is it important to have an emotional connection as well as sound theology?
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When was the last time the gospel moved you to tears?
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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.