Just 3 Questions about Leadership with Sherry Surratt

Who is the best leader you've ever worked under and why were they so good?


Sherry Surratt, President of MOPS, has deep experience in many areas of leadership including, Assistant Principal in the public school system, Children's Ministry Pastor and Central Support Pastor at Seacoast Church, where she developed multi-site ministries at their 13 campuses. She also co-authored Just Lead! with Jenni Catron.

In this first clip, Sherry answers, "Who is the best leader you've ever worked under and why were they so good?"


Sherry talked about her area supervisor, who approached her early in her career to ask how he could help. Who are you looking to for help in your own role? What is their leadership style? How does that style compare to "bad" leaders you've seen?
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Sherry said his best advise was, "You can lead alone or you can lead well; you can't do both." Are you trying to lead alone or are you trying to lead well by including others? What does that look like? Is there anything that needs to change?
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What is the most important thing you do to develop leaders?


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


Who do you know who may be a new leader or overwhelmed in their role? How can you reach out to them in wisdom, calm serenity and confidence? How can you bring them along so they can see how you lead and learn from your actions?
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Sherry mentioned the importance of asking questions and really listening to what they are feeling. Are you asking "How can I help you?" or saying "You need to do this"? Is there anything that needs to change?
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What is the most important thing you do to develop yourself as a leader?


In this video, Sherry answers the question, "What is the most important thing you do to develop yourself as a leader?"



Sherry mentioned the importance of reading to improve her skills and journaling notes and thoughts. She dives into great leadership books including those by Patrick LencioniJohn Maxwell and Ruth Haley Barton

What books have you read and how have they impacted your leadership skills and style?
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Sherry also talked about going to other leaders with questions according to their specific skills and experiences, including a spiritual mentor. Where do you lack skill, experience or knowledge? Who are you listening to? Who can you go to strengthen those particular areas?
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No two people lead exactly the same way, but there are sound leadership principles that can help you become the leader God has planned you to be. May God grant you wisdom and grace as you lead others for His glory.