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Leadership, Character, Ethics: Building Effective Leaders

Building effective leaders who lead and influence through integrity and strength of character by following Jesus' model.
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Lead Like Jesus
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Grasp the power of your influence
Develop character qualities necessary to be a great leader
Eliminate pride and fear from your decision-making
Practice God-grounded confidence as a foundation for all decision-making
Become a purpose-driven influencer
Lead and empower others through love, forgiveness and grace
Understand the power and the importance of relationships at any level of leadership

According to a recent Barna study, 90% of Americans believe we are facing a crisis of leadership. To bring it a little closer to home, almost 60% of surveyed Christians consider themselves as “leaders,” yet 82% of them agree that we are facing a leadership crisis. Did you know that 38% of new chief executives fail in their first 18 month on the job? Surprisingly, their failures don’t occur because they lack education, experience, skills or competencies. No, their failures come from more insidious issues like pride, ego and weak character. So what’s the problem here? Exactly what is missing from the leadership development experience that makes it so vulnerable and failure prone?

We believe that the primary reason behind our current leadership crisis is the that leadership training most often is focused on changing tactics and management techniques rather than on the most important aspects of leadership, the actual leader, and his or her heart, character and integrity.

In these 12 leadership development lessons developed for young leaders we tackle issues like purpose, confidence, self-worth, pride, fear, purpose and building strong relationships. We nurture leadership growth by teaching the importance of integrity and character, confidence, intermingled with accountability. We teach practical lessons dealing with change, peer pressure, and much more.

Participants will not only walk away with a strong understanding of the leadership principles derived from the greatest leader of all time, jesus, but they will also be able to apply those principles in real-life scenarios and through weekly application.

Since 12 out of America’s 20 Most Promising Companies have CEOs younger than 35, our desire is to build confident and credible young men and women today so they can make a positive and lasting impact in the future.

Each of the 12 lessons contains the following components:

1. Reading assignment followed by a Q&A which should be done BEFORE your group session. Be prepared to discuss one takeaway from the reading assignment when your group meets.

2. A 3-5 min inspirational video to be watched & discussed right after your reading assignment group discussion.

3. Biblical Foundation built on our 4H framework: Heart, Head, Hand, Habits where you will gain understanding of Jesus’ model of leadership.

4. Case Studies that provide a way for you to apply biblical principles to today’s realities.

5. Self-Evaluation to help you identify gaps and build a plan for growing as an influence and a leader.

6. Practical Application to be done individually during the week to help you take practical steps and acquire tangible skills necessary to grow and succeed as a leader.

* If you’re going through this course as a group, pick a group facilitator for each week whose job will be to read out loud questions, Scripture references and case studies, as well as make sure that everyone gets a chance to participate. At the end of each session ask for a volunteer facilitator for the following week.

Weekly lesson flow:

  • Every session begins with a Reading Assignment to be done individually, before your group meets. As you go through this brief reading, be ready to discuss your biggest “ah-ha” moment or your most interesting takeaway from the assignment when your group meets.
  • As you meet with your group, spend the first 5 minutes briefly sharing that one take-away from your reading assignment.
  • Next, you’ll watch a 3-5 min video and take 10 minutes to discuss video-related questions, which can be located by clicking the “download” icon in the upper-right hand corner.
  • After your video discussion, the bulk of your time, about 35 minutes, will be spent diving into Biblical examples of leadership where you’ll look at Jesus and his leadership model as well as at other leaders in the Bible. You’ll work through two case studies to help you apply Biblical leadership principles in current, day-to-day settings, and finally you’ll end with questions focused on self-evaluation, designed to help you understand what changes you need to make in order to grow as an influencer.
  • Each weekly lesson ends with a practical application session to be done individually, on your own time throughout the week after your group session. Practical applications were designed to help you build self-awareness, understand your core strengths and weaknesses and how to articulate those to your future employers, and to give you practical tools to grow your network and to grow you as a person.
  • Anytime you want to jot down notes and insights during the session, you can do that right inside of the online lesson by simply clicking the icon in the upper right-hand corner or you can also use a personal journal to do so.

Why Leadership Matters

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Welcome & Introduction

Welcome to Igniting Influence! Before you get going, below is a brief outline of how to experience each session:

Each of the 12 lessons contains the following components:

1. Reading assignment followed by a Q&A which should be done BEFORE your group session. Be prepared to discuss one takeaway from the reading assignment when your group meets.

2. A 3-5 min inspirational video to be watched & discussed right after your reading assignment group discussion.

3. Biblical Foundation built on our 4H framework: Heart, Head, Hand, Habits where you will gain understanding of Jesus' model of leadership.

4. Case Studies that provide a way for you to apply biblical principles to today's realities.

5. Self-Evaluation to help you identify gaps and build a plan for growing as an influence and a leader.

6. Practical Application to be done individually during the week to help you take practical steps and acquire tangible skills necessary to grow and succeed as a leader.


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Why Leadership Matters: Video

This Week's Video: 10 min

You're about to watch a video about the value and importance of leadership.

As you watch the video, pay special attention to the following, and discuss with your group:

Q: Is leadership really as important as Wes suggests? Explain your position.

Q: Wes argues that every problem in the world has been directly caused by leadership or could have been prevented by it. What's your take on this statement?

Q: Since our doing always comes from our being, how does this impact the process of leading and influencing others? Share some positive and negative examples.

*Ue your journal to jot down answers to these questions

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Why Leadership Matters: Reading Assignment & Lesson

*Use your journal to answer the questions included in the reading assignment.

Read Leadership Matters reading assignment before your group session, and answer the following questions with brutal honesty. If you're part of a group study, be prepared to discuss at least one of your answers with the group.



Who Do You Follow?

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Who Do You Follow: Video

This Week's Video: 10 min


You're about to watch a video about the importance of who or what you follow.

As you watch the video, pay special attention to the following and discuss with your group:


Q: Discuss this statement: In the moment of leadership decision, what you choose is largely going to be informed by what or whom you are following.

Q: Very often we make decisions by inertia, rather than by deliberation or conscious effort. Why can this type of decision making be dangerous?

Q: We can't lead like Jesus unless we first follow Him. How does this play out in our day-to-day interactions?

*Use your journal to jot down answers to these questions

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Who Do You Follow: Reading Assignment & Lesson

*Use your journal to answer the questions included in the reading assignment.

Read Who Do You Follow reading assignment before your group session, and answer the following questions with brutal honesty. If you're part of a group study, be prepared to discuss at least one of your answers with the group.

Integrity and Character

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Integrity and Character: Video

This Week's Video: 10 min

You're about to watch a video that questions the cliché way of thinking about character and integrity. It challenges us to dig deep and evaluate ourselves, whether we have what it takes to withstand the pressures that come at us from all directions.

As you watch the video, pay attention to the following and, if applicable, discuss with your group:

Q: In light of the cliché definition of character and integrity, why do you think we focus so much of our attention on building outward perceptions and not enough time on who we are inwardly?

Q: Atlanta educators got away with cheating for over 10 years before they got caught. Is there something in your life you've been “getting away with” for a season because you've never been caught or exposed? How about cheating? Winging it instead of giving your best? Or maintaining two separate lives: home vs. church life, school vs. friends life or reality vs. social media life? How would your life change if you were exposed?

Q: What character traits helped Jesus to stand firm in the face of temptation? How can you apply those in your own life?

*Use your journal to jot down answers to these questions
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Integrity and Character: Reading Assignment & Lesson

*Use your journal to answer the questions included in the reading assignment.

Read Integrity and Character reading assignment before your group study, and answer the following questions with brutal honesty. If you're part of a group study, be prepared to discuss at least one of your answers with the group.

Selfless Leadership vs. Selfish Leadership

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Selfless vs. Selfish: Video

This Week's Video: 10 min

You're about to watch a video that challenges us to evaluate ourselves and whether we, for the most part, are selfish or selfless.

As you watch the video, pay attention to the following and, if applicable, discuss with your group:


Q: What did you think about Connor's story?

Q: Social media has become our second nature. What do you think about Wes' observation that our posts and tweets often reveal a selfish or self-centered part of ourselves?

Q: How often do you ask yourself this question: “Is what I'm doing/saying bringing glory to God and others, or is it just bringing glory and attention to me?” How would asking this question change you and your day-to-day life?


*Use your journal to jot down answers to these questions

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Selfless vs. Selfish: Reading Assignment & Lesson

*Use your journal to answer the questions included in the reading assignment.

Read Selfish or Selfless? reading assignment prior to your group sessions, and answer the following questions with brutal honesty. If you're part of a group study, be prepared to discuss at least one of your answers with the group.

Your Source of Security

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Your Source of Security: Video

This Week's Video: 10 min

You're about to watch a video about security, namely what or who drives our sense of security. As you watch the video, pay attention to the following and if applicable, discuss with your group:

Q: Do you (consciously or subconsciously) place much importance on your physical appearance? How does your appearance influence your sense of security?

Q: What was your biggest takeaway from the Kodak story? Have you ever experienced a similar situation in your own life?

Q: Why do you think seasoned leaders like Joshua are at a high risk of building their security on the wrong foundation? What's the biggest takeaway from Joshua's story?

*Ue your journal to jot down answers to these questions

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Your Source of Security: Reading Assignment & Lesson

*Use your journal to answer the questions included in the reading assignment.

Read Our Need for Security reading assignment prior to your group session, and answer the following questions with brutal honesty. If you're part of a group study, be prepared to discuss at least one of your answers with the group.

Self-Worth and Leadership

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Self-Worth and Leadership: Video

This Week's Video: 10 min

You're about to watch a video about self-worth and how peer pressure can negatively affect and distort God's view of us and of what He says we are worth.

As you watch the video, pay attention to the following and if applicable discuss with your group:

Q: Wes says that pressure to conform to social norms and to the “status quo” is a huge influencer of everyone. Discuss his statement in light of your own experiences.

Q: Pressure to be accepted is everywhere, whether it's at home, school, work or even church. How do you personally deal with this pressure? What would you say to someone who is struggling to constantly please others?

Q: Why are our efforts to please others disproportionate to our efforts to please God?

*Use your journal to jot down answers to these questions


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Self Worth: Reading Assignment & Lesson

*Use your journal to answer the questions included in the reading assignment.

Read The underrated value of self-worth reading assignment prior to your group session, and answer the following questions with brutal honesty. If you're part of a group study, be prepared to discuss at least one of your answers with the group.

Pride and Leadership

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Pride and Leadership: Video

*Use your journal to jot down answers to these questions

This Week's Video: 10 min

You're about to watch a video that illustrates pride and how it alienates and destroys relationships.

As you watch the video, pay attention to the following and if applicable discuss with your group:

Q: False pride is a misattribution of credit. Think of a last time you took credit for something you didn't deserve and share the experience with the group.

Q: Why do you think we have a tendency to take more than our fair share of credit?

Q: Prideful leaders don't acknowledge God's work in their life. Discuss this statement with the group.

Q: How did Jesus, according to Philippians 2:5-7, resist falling into the trap of pride?

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Pride and Leadership: Reading Assignment & Lesson

*Use your journal to answer the questions included in the reading assignment.

Read Pride and Leadership reading assignment prior to your group session, and answer the following questions with brutal honesty. If you're part of a group study, be prepared to discuss at least one of your answers with the group.

Fear and Leadership

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Fear and Leadership: Video

*Use your journal to jot down answers to these questions

This Week's Video: 10 min

You're about to watch a video that speaks to the issue of fear, something that affects literally every person who has ever lived and can be extremely destructive to us personally and those around us.

After you watch the video, answer the following questions. If you're part of a group study, discuss your answers with your group:

Q: Has fear ever stopped you from doing what's right? Share the experience and what it taught you.

Q: Wes says that fear can only freeze us up when we are in an anti-God state of mind, when we remove God from His rightful place and start trusting in external factors. What are your thoughts about that statement?

Q: The world tells us that we are not safe doing things God's way and that we will miss out on something better. Can you think of few examples where God's counsel is in total contrast to popular opinion?

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Fear and Leadership: Reading Assignment & Lesson

*Use your journal to answer the questions included in the reading assignment.

Read Is Fear Stopping You reading assignment prior to your group session, and answer the following questions with brutal honesty. If you're part of a group study, be prepared to discuss at least one of your answers with the group.

Humility and Leadership

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Humility: Video

* Use your journal to jot down answers to the questions.

This Week’s Video: 10 min

You’re about to watch a video that speaks to the issue of humility, something that affects leadership in a great way, but unfortunately is mostly ignored by traditional leadership resources.

As you watch the video, pay attention to the following and, if applicable, discuss with your group:


Q: Why do you think that leaders downplay the importance of humility?

Q: According to the University of Washington research, some of the most effective leaders are the humble ones. Why do you think that is?

Q: Do you agree that someone who is humble enough to invite their followers to give them feedback and even criticism has a tremendous amount of inner strength? How so?

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Humility: Reading Assignment & Lesson

*Use your journal to answer the questions included in the reading assignment.

Read Rethinking Humility reading assignment prior to your group session, and answer the following questions with brutal honesty. If you're part of a group study, be prepared to discuss at least one of your answers with the group.

God-Grounded Confidence

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God-Grounded Confidence: Video

*Use your journal to jot down answers to these questions


This Week’s Video: 10 min

You’re about to watch a video about the value of God-grounded confidence.

As you watch the video, pay special attention to the following and discuss with your group:


Q: In what ways did R. G. LeTourneau demonstrate God-grounded confidence?

Q: Do you believe that God is Who He says He is? And if so, how do you demonstrate that belief in your day-to-day living?

Q: How can circumstances shake our confidence in God? Share one of your moments of “doubt” that was sparked by unfavorable circumstances. What did you learn from it?

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God-Grounded Confidence: Reading Assignment & Lesson

*Use your journal to answer the questions included in the reading assignment.


Read God-Grounded Confidence reading assignment prior to your group session, and answer the following questions with brutal honesty. If you're part of a group study, be prepared to discuss at least one of your answers with the group.

Forgiveness and Grace

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Forgiveness and Grace: Video

*Use your journal to jot down answers to these questions

This Week’s Video: 10 min

You’re about to watch a video about Forgiveness & Grace and why these two traits are essential to every great influencer and leader. As you watch the video, pay special attention to the following and discuss with your group:


Q: Why is it that when we make mistakes we expect others to extend forgiveness and grace to us, yet when others make mistakes we are slow to do the same?

Q: How should the fact that we are forgiven and given grace impact the way we treat others?

Q: What are your thoughts on Abraham Lincoln statement: “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”

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Forgiveness and Grace: Reading Assignment & Lesson

*Use your journal to answer the questions included in the reading assignment.

Read Forgiveness & Grace reading assignment prior to your group session, and answer the following questions with brutal honesty. If you're part of a group study, be prepared to discuss at least one of your answers with the group.

Building Strong Relationships

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Building Strong Relationships: Video

*Use your journal to jot down answers to these questions

This Week’s Video: 10 min

You’re about to watch a video about the importance of building strong relationships. As you watch the video, pay special attention to the following and discuss with your group:


Q: What struck you most about the example of the ants?

Q: Great leaders don't manage tasks, they manage buy-in. What are your thoughts about that statement?

Q: How did Jesus communicate the value of relationships in the His daily interactions with others?


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Building Strong Relationships: Reading Assignment & Lesson

*Use your journal to answer the questions included in the reading assignment.

Read Relationships Are the Foundation of Leadership reading assignment prior to your group session, and answer the following questions with brutal honesty. If you're part of a group study, be prepared to discuss at least one of your answers with the group.

Additional Content

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Apology: Essential Part of Leadership

Saying "I'm sorry" is a big deal, especially for leaders.

There will be times when both we as leaders and those we lead will make a mistake. After all, to err is human!

Admitting that we've made a mistake and saying "I'm sorry" is critical in order to maintain authentic relationships with those we lead. In Matthew 5:23-24 Jesus tells us to reconcile with others before we come to offer gifts at the altar. We are even commanded to settle matters quickly with our adversaries.

Saying "I'm sorry" does not make us weaker leaders. On the contrary, it demonstrates our strength of character. So let's be quick to ask for forgiveness and quick to forgive others. This way we can keep short accounts with others.

As you watch today's video by Ken Blanchard reflect on how you are doing, as a leader, with saying "I'm sorry."

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Handling Change

Change is hard, would you agree?

Changing jobs, moving to a new home, or even changing your diet, all of these are examples of changes that happen in life. Change is inevitable and often outside of our control, yet the way we react and respond to change is one thing we can control.

Applying Jesus' model of leadership requires both internal heart change as well as external change of our habits.

Today you'll have the opportunity to watch Phil Hodges, Co-Founder of Lead LIke Jesus, teach us about change. Phil will help us understand how to use change for both personal growth as well as for influencing others.

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