A Father is One Who Has Offspring
Fathering Leadership fruitfulness. Healthy families raise healthy kids.
A fathering approach to Christian leadership causes effectiveness to skyrocket. People under your leadership grow and contribute to your organization.
This is our 8th lesson in our 10-part series on Principles of Growth and Maturity to Reach Your Destiny and starts our final 3 lessons that will be on the subject of Fathering Leadership.
Road Map From the Leader’s Perspective
We have talked about the road map to maturity and the steps it takes to get there. In these lessons on Fathering Leadership, we will be talking about this road map from the leader’s perspective.
Fathering Leadership is the key to healthy families, healthy businesses, and healthy churches.
So let us first ask the question:
How do I, as a leader, facilitate this environment where people realize the steps to maturity?
Fathering leadership fruitfulness occurs by creating a Secure environment; this is the foundational key to this leadership. We’ve already seen in our previous lessons the priority of the individual living in secure love. Now we will consider how a fathering leader can facilitate it.
This environment is fostered by respectful interaction at all times, especially during times of conflict. For example:
- A husband and wife disagree yet stay respectful as they talk out their differences.
- A father disciplines his child’s wayward behavior but never attacks his/her identity.
- A church leader sets boundaries with a difficult person, strong personality, or someone acting out; yet, he does it with love and dialogue.
Consider These Verses
The Bible gives us some good scriptural basis for Fathering Leadership:
Husbands lay their lives down for their wives as Christ does for the church. He lives with her in an understanding way. He doesn’t provoke his children to wrath. A good shepherd lays his life down for his sheep. The sign of maturity is bearing with the failings of the weak. (Eph.5:25, 6:4, 1 Pet.3:7, Jn.10:11, Rm.15:1)
All these verses speak of sacrificial love for the benefit of others. This love creates security.
This “love-soaked” environment is like an incubator warming and inviting hearts to open and bloom. All good leaders will mentor those around them in a safe, non-threatening atmosphere which allows for creativity, productivity, and personal growth to occur.
Creating security is just one of the characteristics a fathering leader has. Next time we will consider two more important qualities of Fathering Leadership Fruitfulness.
Till Next Time
I look forward to communicating with you next time when I’ll cover How Fathering Leadership Activates Growth.
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