A Deeper Look into 7 Insights We Can Model from The Leadership Journey of Jesus – #5 – Transfer

This is the 6th post in an ongoing series on the leadership journey of Jesus. You can find the introductory article here, and review others below:

#1 – Awareness – click here.
#2 – Alignment – click here.
#3 – Perspective – click here.
#4 – Relationship – click here.

Last week we talked about the value of intentionally developing relationships. This week we can talk about taking it to the next step in the leadership journey and being intentional about transferring our leadership equity over to another person.

Transfer: Jesus intentionally transferred everything that others needed from Himself to them, with intentionality. Because of His deep relationships with others, He had insight and permission to speak into their specific needs, strengths and weaknesses and transfer to them a personalized ministry vision and leadership development track that only they could accomplish.

We each engage in all manner of relationships of varying degrees, but the leadership development relationship is a higher calling with a higher purpose. In the leadership development relationship we are making an intentional decision to invest energy and cultivate leadership potential in another person. We can do this as parents, as Pastor’s, as Executives or any number of leadership roles. Regardless of the role, leadership development only takes place when we have transferred our leadership equity to another person. Which can be an intentional or unintentional reality.

What is our leadership equity? Our leadership equity is any leadership lesson learned, skill obtained or quality ingrained that we have complete ownership of and is available to share with another in it’s pure form. If you think in terms of financial equity in your home, it is free and clear of encumbrance or obligation. It is yours to keep or give away. It belongs to you to do with as you choose. However, a transaction must take place to redistribute it. Transfer.

Everyone has some level of leadership equity that is currently being transferred whether they realize it or not. Good leaders transfer good equity, bad leaders transfer bad equity. Unfortunately what is often transferred is tainted forms of poor leadership equity that were birthed out of a lack of awareness, lack of alignment and lack of right perspective.

Because Jesus had high awareness, tight alignment, clear perspective and authentic relationship he was able to transfer to others the truest form of personalized leadership equity and development with the highest level of impact. By way of the miracle of the cross and the power of the Holy Spirit we too can pour real value into others with our personal investment of relationally based leadership equity into their lives.

Jesus took the time to build genuine relationship which allowed him the earned permission to nurture a follower. He then spent the next few years intentionally transferring leadership equity that was customized and shaped to meet the individual needs of His followers. All the while understanding that the transfer of leadership equity was not only about their personal development, but ultimately about Kingdom development and purpose. Jesus used a myriad of tools in his leadership toolbox to accomplish transfer. He modeled, He demonstrated, He gave lessons, He seized teachable moments, He answered questions, He told stories, He rebuked and redirected, He laughed, He cried and the list goes on.

The ultimate leadership gift Jesus gave to His closest followers was transparency wrapped in intentionality paired with an invitation to fulfill their full potential and become something and someone that they were truly created to become. He transferred that to them and asked them to then transfer it to others. But take note, the transfer is intentional and purposeful with a specific end result in mind. Intentional transfer of leadership equity is a pinnacle responsibility of leaders.

  • Do you know how much leadership equity you currently have?
  • Can you identify and label specifically what leadership equity you have available to reinvest?
  • What are you purposefully choosing to intentionally transfer to those around you?
  • What may you be unintentionally transferring that could have negative outcomes?
  • What is your transfer plan as it relates to developing specific gifts over time in those around you?
  • How do you uniquely tailor the transfer of leadership equity to the individual needs of others?
  • Are the leaders under your care “not getting it” or are you really “not transferring it” with purpose?
  • What can you do today to be more intentional about transferring leadership equity to others?

About Ken McGarity

With vast experience as a successful entrepreneur and active in ministry leadership for many years, Ken McGarity is most recently engaged as a Church Growth Consultant and Strategist, as well as Christian Leadership Coach to today’s up and coming Christian leaders.

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