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Episode 1015: Leading Through COVID-19 – Connection Behind Content

Visiting us today is Kadi Cole. Kadi is a leadership and organizational consultant, author, and speaker. She is the author of Developing Female Leaders: Navigate the Minefields and Release the Potential of Women in Your Church. We discuss how important leadership is in times of crisis. Rather than getting into a mere crisis management mode, she recommends leaders focus on the why and not just the how. While it is important to identify and execute on significant tasks and maintaining operations, Kadi appeals to leaders to lean into God and communicate to their teams from a place of connectedness to Him. In addition to prioritizing strong leadership over management, effective pastors and church lead themselves well before prescribing to others how they should act, modeling behavior. Kadi also discusses how to keep members of a church congregation connected making an effort to build on the sense of community established in your church.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • How Kadi helped Family Church set up a task force for their weekend experience.
  • Acknowledging the different ways God has prepared churches for this crisis.
  • Common characteristics of leadership teams doing well during COVID-19.
  • Distinguishing between crisis leadership and crisis management and the long-term impacts.
  • Focusing on the things that will stay the same, like vision and mission, while leading change in other aspects of the organization.
  • Viewing technology as one of the vehicles God has given us to keep connections alive.
  • Thoughts on the value and power of social media content in this season.
  • Keeping in mind that recreating and reimagining community is critical.
  • The importance of practicing self-leadership before attempting to lead your congregation.

Crisis leadership is about vision and inspiration and that has to be the way we lead at the forefront, especially as believers because the vision and inspiration we’re giving them are the promises of God. Click To TweetWe get to be a part of history. The history books will look back on us and see that we fought to build our church, lead our people, and keep them connected during this unprecedented time. Click To TweetI think more than anything, it’s really important that we are practicing self-leadership well so that we can lead others. Click To Tweet

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Kadi Cole

Developing Female Leaders: Navigate the Minefields and Release the Potential of Women in Your Church

Zoom

Jimmy on Twitter

Leslee on Twitter

Carly on LinkedIn

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