10 Things I Learned in My Conversation with Rich Kidd

Rich Kidd is the newest addition to our Slingshot Group team, and has a wide range of leadership experience in the church, nonprofit, and marketplace spaces. Earlier this week, I got the chance to speak with him about how each of these spaces have shaped his leadership.

If you weren’t able to join us live for the conversation, you can watch it here

In our time together, Rich brought up some quality tips on leading in the church space that I wanted to share.

Here are 10 best practices for church leaders:

  1. Your vocation may change but it’s important to be clear in your calling. Rich’s calling (or mission) is to “encourage people toward greatness.”
  2. An insecure leader is threatened when people around them succeed. A healthy leader is so secure that it doesn’t matter to them when someone they are leading gets more glory or accolades than they do.
  3. Churches need to learn how to own up to the bad hires they’ve made. “Saying no to the wrong thing is the best way to say yes to the right thing.”
  4. If your focus is the bottom line, you tear down teams. If your focus is building a great team, you accomplish the bottom line.
  5. Our resumes are too self-focused. Rather than telling me what your goal is, tell me how you’re going to solve my problem. “Be a solution to someone else’s problem and you’ll always have a job.”
  6. Invest the majority of your leadership efforts in your top performers.
  7. Our top performers are 4x more productive than our average performers, but most managers are spending the bulk of their time with their bottom performers in an attempt to make them better.
  8. Don’t play tennis with Rich! “The Sinister Minister”
  9. Be a positive encourager. Positive encouragers are 4x more likely to move the mission of their organization. Here’s a challenge to help you be more positive: Use a 5 to 1 ratio of positive statements to negative statements. Speak 5 positive statements for every 1 negative statement. #PrecisionPraise
  10. Don’t be a “tone deaf leader.” Listen to and understand your people.

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