I’m going to start a series about Leadership on WCF and how it applies to Christians today. My hope is to encourage others to grow and mature in their walk with the Lord. I also would like to see people reach their full potential in leadership in reaching those around them for Christ and making disciples in fullfilling the Great Commission.
Here's what we've discussed and looked at from a Scriptural perspective so far:
Leadership - 1. Law of the Lid
Leadership - 2. The Law of Influence
Leadership - 3. The Law of Process
Leadership - 4. The Law of the Navigation
*****This is the OP and subject to this thread below*****
Leadership - 1. The Law of the Lid: Leadership Ability Determines A Person’s Level of Effectiveness.
1. Success is within the reach of just about anyone. Effort is required as well as some favor from God. Success without leadership ability brings only limited effectiveness. Leadership has a multiplying effect. To raise one’s level of effectiveness one must increase his or her leadership ability.
A. Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person's level of effectiveness.
B. Your leadership ability – for better or for worse – always determines your effectiveness and the potential impact of your organization.
C. Personal and organizational effectiveness is proportionate to the strength of leadership.
D. You can find smart, talented, successful people who are able to go only so far because of the limitations of their leadership.
Take McDonald’s for example. In 1937, Dick and Maurice McDonald opened a small drive-in restaurant in Pasadena, located just east of Glendale. People in southern California had become very dependent on their cars and the culture was changing to accommodate that including businesses.
By 1940 they expanded into San Bernardino, 50 miles east of L.A. That year they had an annual sales revenue of $200,000 and split $50,000 in profits. In 1948, they streamlined their business and adjusted their process in the kitchen to become much like an assembly line. Annual sales hit $350,000 by the mid-1950’s and the brothers split profits of about $100,000 a year.
The rest is history as they say right?
The McDonalds never went any further because while they were great visionaries (customer service and kitchen organization) their weak leadership put a lid on their ability to succeed.
In 1954 the McDonald brothers hooked up with a great leader in Ray Kroc. Kroc struck a deal with the McDonald brothers and founded McDonald’s ,Inc. in 1955 (What we know today as the McDonald’s Corporation). Kroc saw potential in the brothers new store and began to sell franchises. Kroc assembled a team and started building an organization with the vision to make McDonald’s a nationwide entity. He recruited the sharpest people he could find and sacrificed a lot even though he was in his mid-fifties.
His sacrifice and leadership paid off. In 1961 for the sum of 2.7 million dollars, Kroc brought the exclusive rights from the brothers and he proceeded to turn it into an American institution and a global entity.
The “lid” in the life and leadership of Ray Kroc was obviously much higher than his predecessors. The McDonald brothers were able to sell 15 franchisees their concept of which only 10 succeeded.
On the other hand Kroc’s leadership lid was sky high as he succeeded in opening from 1955 to 1959 100 new restaurants! By 1963 there were 500 MacDonald’s. As of June 2012 there are over 33,000 McDonald restaurants around the world in 118 countries. As of June of 2012 there are over 14,000 restaurants in the U.S. alone.
Can you think of some other examples? How does this apply to the Christian today in relation to the Bible? (Hint: Perhaps Saul and David come to mind?)
Assume I'm using this source for all my posts on this thread: Leadership material from John C. Maxwell.