Imagine you, as a leader, being transformed from the inside out by the integrity, wisdom and compassion of the greatest leader in history. Then, imagine the same thing happening throughout your organization as you and your colleagues learn what it means to lead like the world’s greatest leader of all time: Jesus.
Could it happen in your organization, your church? Meet a respected Christian leader who believes it just might.
The only way we can ensure the health and effectiveness of leadership is to take the spiritual pulse of our own heart. If we don’t get our heart right, then nothing we do—no skill we develop, no thinking, no behavior—will change unless our heart is changed. The biggest challenge for those who want to lead like Jesus is to check one’s own heart.”
True to that goal, Lead Like Jesus sought out an accurate health measure of their own culture by completing the BCWI Employee Engagement Survey. “It was like a full-body scan,” says Phyllis. “Through insightful questions and objective analysis, we saw everything—the good circulation of our organization as well as our ‘weak joints’. The fact is, to help others lead like Jesus, we had to check our own heart and discover our culture’s true condition. Only then could we move forward.”
How would Lead Like Jesus successfully do that?
The BCWI survey revealed three key strengths at work inside Lead Like Jesus, namely fantastic teams demonstrating healthy communication and exemplifying inspirational leadership.
LLJ’s atmosphere of trust and transparency has cultivated openness and common language, which encourages and frees colleagues to ask each other, “How’s your heart today?”
- Is there any pride or fear in my heart?
- Do I bring pride or fear into this meeting, this conversation, this project?
- Am I causing others on my team to be prideful or fearful because of what I’m saying?
Phyllis herself models a servant’s heart, practicing healthy communication that feeds inspirational leadership and forges fantastic teams:
- Before her weekly conference call, every team member has the luxury of viewing each other’s individual responses to agenda items. “That way everyone can know what’s on the heart and mind of their colleagues.”
- Because LLJ works out of a virtual office, Hendry keeps an “open text, open phone, open email policy,” giving her direct reports constant, direct access.
- Constant feedback from her team sets the table for healthy collaboration. It’s a reminder to Phyllis of a conviction popularized by LLJ co-founder Ken Blanchard that, “Feedback really is the breakfast of champions.”
These are just a few of the many ways Phyllis and LLJ have maintained a faithful and healthy heart true to Jesus as Savior, Lord and leader. What has it meant in the long run?
In 17 years of existence, Lead Like Jesus has trained countless leaders through in-person conferences, webinars and stand-alone publications.
The goal is that each person encounters Jesus himself and goes deep to understand and break through the barriers that keep us from leading like Jesus, so that we can exult God daily in the workplace and in life. To lead like Jesus is to examine and develop:
- Your Heart—WHY you lead
- Your Head—WHAT you think
- Your Hands—WHAT you do
- Your Habits—HOW you stay on track
True story: A number of years ago, Phyllis saw the potential of LLJ’s teaching and training to influence Christian leaders worldwide. She told an in-house web designer, “LLJ doesn’t need to be on the door of the organizations we serve. Instead, let’s be the Intel chip—the core operating system for how ministries can actually learn how to lead like Jesus.”
Not long after, she met Doug Mazza, President and COO of Joni and Friends. Without any prior knowledge of Phyllis’ Intel chip metaphor, yet eager to tell her how their ministry organization had made LLJ’s curriculum mandatory training, Doug told her, “Lead Like Jesus is our core operating system!”
At the heart of a healthy, flourishing culture is the watchful perspective of a humble leader like Phyllis Hendry, who faithfully prays:
Guard our own heart, that we might be the people God would call us to be, first.”