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Leadership is essential. It impacts every facet of life, including home, work, church—even self. To some degree everyone leads. Anyone desiring to help build a better life for themselves or others are providing leadership. A leader is a person who influences others to achieve a purpose. Influence can be good or bad. To be a leader worth following requires trust and credibility. Psalms 78:72 reads, “And David shepherded them with integrity of heart, with skillful hands he led them.” David led with credibility from his integrity of heart (his character), skillful hands (his competence), and with a shepherd’s passion (connecting with others). Leadership materials on this site are designed to address these key components that cultivate credible leadership.

Below is a series on leadership titled, “It’s All About Leadership: Being a Leader Worth Following” by Dr. Jimmy Knott. The playlist contains 12 lessons, 20-30 minutes in length. In this series, he discusses the essentials of being a leader worth following. Below each video are questions that accompany the corresponding video.

1. What distinguishes a leader who has a following because of title or position from a leader who is worth following, regardless of title or position?

2. How would you describe the general condition of leadership in America?

3. What makes leadership important?

4. Do you agree that in some way and to some degree everyone is a leader?

5. How do you respond to the principle: Your ability to lead dramatically impacts your influence, success and effectiveness?

6. Do you know someone who has no official title or position, but who you consider to be worth following? In contrast, do you know someone who has a title or position of leadership, but you would not follow if didn’t have to? Please elaborate.

7. What was your best learning from this lesson and how can you apply it today?

1. hat are your thoughts on the unending debate over whether leaders are born or made?

2. What is your definition of a leader?

3. What do you think about Jimmy’s simple definition of leadership drawn from Mark 3:14, “A leader is a person who influences people to achieve a purpose?”

4. Would you agree that leadership is largely about earning and exerting influence on people?

5. What do you think about Jesus describing a leader worth following as a servant (Luke 22:24-27)?

6. How would life be different if we all modeled servant leadership?

7. What was your best learning from this lesson and how can you apply it today?

1. What attitudes and behaviors generate credibility that open the door to have influence on people?

2. Why should anyone let you have influence and lead them?

3. Can you think of people you have permitted to gain influence in your life? Why did you extend them this special privilege?

4. How do you feel about Gallup’s research indicating why we allow people to have influence in our lives (trust, compassion, stability and hope)?

5. Generally speaking, do you agree that authentic character, exceptional competency and relational connection are key components to being a leader worth following? Are there other key components to consider?

6. What was your best learning from this lesson and how can you apply it today?

1. How essential is character to leadership?

2. When a person has character exactly what is it that they have?

3. What makes character important?

4. How do you respond to the quotes by Billy Graham and Andy Stanley?

5. When you think of someone you know who has character, who comes to mind and why?

6. What was your best learning from this lesson and how can you apply it today?

1. What are your greatest character strengths and weaknesses?

2. What are your thoughts on Jimmy’s character formation cycle?

3. What are your core values?

4. What character flaws need your attention?

5. What did you learn from Jimmy’s ring story?

6. What was your best learning from this lesson and how can you apply it today?

1. Who are some exceptionally competent people that inspire you and why?

2. How does greater competency open the door for greater influence?

3. What did you learn from Jimmy’s teaching on Psalm 139:13-16?

4. Can you name your greatest abilities and deepest passions?

5. Why will developing your strengths, rather than improving your weaknesses, give you greater competence?

6. What was your best learning from this lesson and how can you apply it today?

1. What percentage of your work allows you to do what you do best and enjoy most?

2. Which of Jimmy’s ten suggestions most challenge you?

3. What are some specific actions you could take to increase your knowledge, skills, and abilities to increase your overall competency?

4. Is Proverbs 22:29 proving true in your life?

5. What was your best learning from this lesson and how can you apply it today?

1. What is your response to Jimmy’s statement: Relationships define who we are and what we become.

2. According to Jimmy’s definition of a leader based on Mark 3:14, do you agree that leadership is both directional and relational?

3. If you improved your relationships, do you think it could enhance your influence?

4. How has social media and technology impacted our ability to build meaningful relationships and connections?

5. Which of Steve Saccone’s “Top Ten Relational Sins” are most true in your life?

6. If you honestly examined your closest relationships, are they built more on transactions than meaningful connections?

7. What was your best learning from this lesson and how can you apply it today?

1. In lessons eight and nine, Jimmy offered ten tips for building better connections. Which ones need your attention?

2. How do you feel about Jimmy’s sequence for building better relational connections?

3. What was your best learning from this lesson and how can you apply it today?

1. What are the differences between a servant leader and a self-serving leader?

2. Outside the Bible, who are some servant leaders who influenced you and how so?

3. Jimmy defined a servant leader as someone who willingly, humbly, sacrificially and intentionally serves others. Is anything missing from his definition?

4. How do you respond to Jimmy’s assertion, “Serving defines both the why (our motivation) and the how (methodology) we should have”?

5. In John 13, Jesus models servant leadership by washing the disciple’s feet. Jimmy identified five marks of a servant leader: others first (vv. 1-5), loving heart (v. 1), a secure self (v. 3), impartially serves everyone (vv. 2, 10, 11) and takes action (vv. 13-17). How do you feel about these and are there others he did not mention? Which mark do you need to improve?

6. Earlier asked you to think of a life example of servanthood. What are the chances someone thought of you?

7. If asked those who know you best to describe you, would they include “servant?”

8. When was the last time you asked someone, “How could I help (serve) you?”

9. What would be on your resume if you could only include the accomplishments other say you enabled them to attain because you served them?

10. If paid $10, but only paid when served others, how well would you do?

11. How do you feel about Jimmy’s comment, “We are never more like Jesus than when we are serving”?

12. What was your best learning from this lesson and how can you apply it today?

1. Jimmy stated, “Your toughest leadership challenge is YOU.” Do you agree and how does that make you feel?

2. Is it fair to declare, “If you can’t lead you, then why should anyone let you lead them?”

3. Do you agree that self-leadership precedes successful leadership?

4. How do you react to Dee Hock’s (Founder of VISA) percentages of what direction we should lead (down-15%, across-15%, up-30% and self-40%)?

5. How did the passages from the Bible on self-leadership speak to you?

6. What can you add to Jimmy’s suggestions on how to develop better self-leadership?

7. Where do you need to do a better job at leading yourself?

8. What was your best learning from this lesson and how can you apply it today?

1. Being the right kind of example is one of a leader-worth-following’s most powerful tools for influence. Agree or disagree?

2. Paul, humbly but boldly, challenged people to follow him as he followed Christ. Are you comfortable issuing that same challenge?

3. From the narrative of Paul’s journey to Rome (Acts 27), Jimmy mentioned ten marks of a leader worth following: credibility, initiative, sound judgment, confidence, strengthens others, instills hope, lives convictions, displays courage and perseverance, and motivates and gets results. Which of these are your strengths and weaknesses? Are there other marks that were overlooked?

4. Where can you improve to become more of a leader worth following?

5. What was your best learning from our study together?

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