Have you ever thought to yourself, “I know I need to learn to lead from my heart, but I just don’t know how?” Or “Heart just doesn’t come naturally to me…” Today’s episode is for you! We welcome Jenni Catron to the podcast. Jenni is the founder of the 4Sight Group and has worked in Church leadership and the Christian Music industry. She has a passion for developing leaders within the local church and the world.
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Takeaways from the Episode
1. To Have Influence with Unchurched People, You Need to Know Unchurched People
Jenni talks about joining a book club rather than starting a small group. Don’t get us wrong, we love small groups, but it raises the question — how many of your friends are unchurched? If you want to have influence with unchurched people, you need to know unchurched people
2. What is Influence…Really?
Jenni defines influence in a clear and straightforward way. It’s “The power to change or affect someone’s life.” As leaders, we all have influence, we all have the power to change or affect someone’s life.
3. Learning to Lead from the Heart
We can’t learn to lead people from the heart without first learning to love them. It’s this simple: In order to lead, you need to learn to love. Jenni talks about leading from your heart, mind, soul and strength. Each of us is naturally stronger in one area than another. Some are strong “Heart-Leaders,” while others are strong “Mind-Leaders.” The tendency is often to excuse our weaknesses by focusing on our strengths. God’s desire, however, is that we would grow in all these areas, including the heart. Jenni has a great piece of advice for leaders who want to learn to lead from their heart. It’s this, “Slow down to remember to see people.” It can be as easy as beginning a meeting by
4. What is Your Best Practical Advice for Learning to Lead from the Heart?
Surround yourself with people who are strong in heart and encourage them to challenge you to get better. Jenni talks about moments in her own life where she best learned how to lead from her heart. For the most part, it was when she gave people around her the permission to speak into her life. Who do you have speaking in your life? Who do you ask for genuine feedback about who you are and how you’re doing as a leader. Good people around us help keep us accountable. In all these things, remember that this is God working out His gifts in you.
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