Welcome to The Flourishing Culture Podcast! John Maxwell says the true measure of leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. Have you ever wondered how leaders generate influence – the kind of influence that goes into a healthy, thriving culture and drives an organization to fulfill its mission?
Today, we are not only going to talk with a leadership author, but an experienced and successful leadership practitioner with a Ph.D. on quality student outcomes among today’s Bible colleges. Join us as we talk with the President of the Association of Biblical Higher Education, Dr. Ralph Enlow. Ralph is also the author of the book, The Leader’s Palette: Seven Primary Colors.
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In this episode, you’ll learn about:
- Ralph’s 7 fold conceptual framework for leadership:
- Incarnational Leadership: Leaders influence people by who we are rather than what we tell them to do.
- Relational Leadership: Leaders lead through the dynamic of authentic relationships much more than issuing directives or implementing organizational schemes.
- Developmental Leadership: Leaders lead by helping your team members become all God has designed them to be, not merely to do all you want them to.
- Directional Leadership: Leaders lead by helping stakeholders clarify and coalesce around a coherent mission and a compelling vision, and by aligning people and processes toward that mission and vision.
- Ecological Leadership: Leaders lead by cultivating a culture and learning to observe the signals of climate, and thereby foster conditions that permit prospering and productivity.
- Situational Leadership: Leaders lead when there’s a strong fit between the leader and a situation; concurrently, the best leaders are the most adaptable leaders.
- Doxological Leadership: Leaders lead when they help people move toward God and more into step with God.
- Understanding your own relational style with the BCWI 360 Review process
- Leadership effectiveness grows when the gap is small between our self awareness and our colleagues’ perceptions of us. Leadership downfall occurs when we fail to assess that gap.
- How a biblical college’s implicit curriculum (culture) can contradict its explicit curriculum (what it is teaching about how God’s people are supposed to lead).
We influence people by who we are rather than what we tell them to do.
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Explore Additional Resources
- Learn more about ABHE: www.abhe.org
- Find ABHE on Facebook and Twitter
- Find Ralph on LinkedIn
- Read Ralph’s book: The Leader’s Palette: Seven Primary Colors
- Learn more on last week’s blog post: 7 Leadership Truths to Widen Your Scope of Influence
- Listen to Al’s interview with Dr. Peter Teague, who was mentioned in this week’s episode: Creating the DNA of a Flourishing Culture with Dr. Peter Teague, Lancaster Bible College
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