Conquering Giants: Thriving Leadership – Part 2

“Super Thrive Week” Series

Continued from Part 1…

Leaders pursue new opportunities and tackle problems in a similar manner to how coaches lead their teams. Both leaders and coaches focus on three critical coaching components: 1) personal preparation, 2) player development and 3) game management.

  1. Personal Preparation: A leader can’t lead any of their players anywhere they have not already been – even if it’s only mentally. Leaders keep their eyes on the big picture, namely the intended outcome of each game (i.e. assignment or project) and their relevance to the entire season (i.e. fiscal period). They recognize that their players look to them for inspiration and direction, so they do whatever it takes behind the scenes to keep their competitive edge. They push themselves to maintain their level of expertise in their area of specialty, as well as gaining at least a minimal level of familiarity in other subjects.
  2. Player Development: Leaders understand that the long-term success of the team will depend on the overall development of the players. They are able to effectively assess the developmental progress of each player and then determine what each player needs to help them grow to reach their potential. They also understand that each player motivates differently, so they are adept at knowing the right buttons to push for each one. Furthermore, leaders constantly look for teaching moments, whether it’s before, during, or after a project, event, situation, etc.
  3. Game Management: Coaches don’t win games… players do. Leaders recognize that they need the contributions of all of their players in order for the organization to accomplish its goals. Leaders design the best strategies, systems, and processes that will position their players to manage and complete their assignments efficiently and effectively. They are keenly aware of various situations that may dictate certain decisions, such as reorganizing the players in the game, substituting a player, or changing the game plan.

Thriving leaders are able to effectively balance all three of these components. They are not hands-off delegators, that just let their players to do whatever they can to win, nor are they micro-managers who oversee “people-bots” who are afraid or unable to make heat-of-the-battle decisions. These leaders know when to be more engaged versus when to let their players figure out their own solutions to problems.

You can become an effective Leader if you: 1) Embrace the fact that just because you are a leader does not make you a superstar. Without your players, you will have minimal success; 2) Create environments that empower individual players while at the same time boosting the team as a whole; and 3) Learn your team well enough to know how to position them to win the game.

Coaching your team (or family) to success takes an unwavering commitment to the fact that every player matters. You may be able to accomplish a lot by your own efforts, but you’ll be able to accomplish so much more with the right team in place. I look forward to seeing your team win!

Thrive on Purpose

Paul Wilson, Jr.


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About Paul Wilson Jr.
Paul Wilson, Jr. is a "Dream Catalyst" and Marketplace Pastor for leaders and entrepreneurs. He is driven to lead people to unleash God’s potential in their lives through their purpose, passions, and professional skills. He equips leaders with creative, faith-based strategies to flourish spiritually and professionally, while operating from several multi-media platforms, including TV show host, inspirational speaker, and stimulating writer. Paul is the President of Kingdom Business University, which utilizes workshops, consulting, and coaching services to ignite Christian catalysts maximize their God-given mission in the marketplace. He is the author of the life purpose igniter “Dream B.I.G. in 3D: How to Pursue a Bold, Innovative God-Inspired Life!” He is also the host of Passion in Action, a motivational and educational faith-based Internet TV show for social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and community change agents. Contact us today to learn more about how he can help your business, church, or community to thrive on purpose!

One Response to Conquering Giants: Thriving Leadership – Part 2

  1. Pingback: Conquering Giants: Thriving Leadership - Part 1 « Thrive B.I.G.! Blog

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