Just 3 Questions About Leadership with Joel Manby

Who is the best leader you have ever sat under and why were they so good?


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. 


Joel Manby is the CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment and the author of Love Works. In this first video, he answers, "Who is the best leader you have ever sat under and why were they so good?" 



Have you ever worked for someone that was constantly encouraging and positive? What was that environment like for you? Did you do better work for that person because you appreciated their respectful attitude?
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What lesson from this experience can you take into your own leadership? If you have never had this kind of boss, what will it do for you organization if you lead in this way?
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Why do you think Joel was so appreciative of these other men for coming to him instead of going around him? Why is this a valuable characteristic for a business person?
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What is the most important thing you do to develop leaders?


In this next clip, Joel answers, "What is the most important thing you do to develop leaders?"


What do you do to model for your employees or coworkers the way that you expect people to conduct themselves at your organization?
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Do you have people around you who are willing to confront you when you fail? Have you developed an environment that invites some trusted people to do that? Or have you given a reputation that discourages others from confronting you?
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What is the most important thing you do to develop yourself as a leader?


For this third clip, he has been asked the question, "What is the most important thing you do to develop yourself as a leader?"



Joel has identified four things that he wants to be, and he reminds himself every morning as part of his quiet time.
  1. Faithful Husband
  2. Available Father
  3. Caring and Dedicated Friend
  4. Loving Leader

Identify three to five roles that you want to be. Use his same pattern of adjective-noun. Will you work at giving yourself to the Lord's molding for each of these?
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Do you have a dedicated quiet time each day? Do you have a pattern of challenging yourself as part of your time with the Lord? How can you include this so that your study and prayer leads to positive life change?
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What is the most important thing you do to develop your faith?


As a bonus question, Joel answers, "What is the most important thing you regularly do to develop your faith?"


What do you do for accountability? Who are the other men or women that you answer to? Is your time transparent and challenging? Do the others know your real struggles? What is your schedule? If you can't answer these questions, develop a plan here and decide who you will invite to enter this relationship with you.
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Joel's specialty is in taking faith to the marketplace, but that doesn't mean that the truth from this post applies only to CEOs and businessmen. Whatever your context in the marketplace, in the home, or in your church, you can lead in a way that reflects the gospel of Christ.