Leadership series: Patrick Lencioni

“Critique of Patrick Lencioni at the SEU Leadership forum

This is a critique of the presentation given by Patrick Lencioni on March 11, 2010 at the Southeastern University Leadership Forum.

Patrick Lencioni wanted the Audience to “get naked.” Well not literally, Patrick Lencioni wanted the leaders in the room to be open and genuine with the people they work for and those under them. He wanted the leader sin the room to understand that “getting naked” for their client or those working under them can often be challenging and uncomfortable. Sometimes you have to take the blame, or put yourself on the line in order for positive results to occur.

  • There were two pieces of information that Patrick Lencioni gave that I had not considered prior to this presentation. The first is that we have to learn true vulnerability. This means that you have to get over the fear of “losing your company.” Patrick emphasized here that you have to “consult and never sell,” often businesses make it very clear that they simply want your money, but when you consult and help those clients then often they will be more than happy to pay you for the great work you have accomplished. This is extremely vital to any kind of business or even the leaders that run them. Without being vulnerable you are constantly hiding some piece of information or maybe an agenda, which will be exposed, and cause harm to a relationship whether business related or personal.
  • Another great idea that he presented was that we have to “enter the danger.” Here, Lencioni emphasize that there are many awkward moments within business or even relationship. It is the responsibility of a true leader to enter into those moments unashamed and humble, with the intention to resolve the issue at hand. Sometimes there may be moments when a co-worker or someone under your leadership is faced with a terribly embarrassing situation, it is leader’s responsibility to stand with that person and if possible take the shame upon themselves. This is very different from a culture that teaches us to burn everyone around us in order to get ahead, but this is true “Servant Leadership.”
  • The most helpful part of this conversation for me, was that Lencioni was coming from a different world. His company is very business oriented and gives an entirely new perspective on how someone remains and or becomes a servant leader outside of ministry leadership. He was able to shed light on ideas and concepts that are extremely beneficial to not only business people, but also ministry leaders. Sometimes it is necessary to step back from the job or field in which a leader works and to look at how other individuals have implanted greatness within their specific field, which may completely differ from your own. Here in that place of uncertainty and difference, a lot of lessons can be taught and shared with multitude of leaders within many different occupations.

“We want trusting relationships.” Here Patrick Lencioni emphasized that not only do companies, clients, co-workers wanted to be able to trust a leader within the job context, but outside of it as well. Leaders not only need to be genuine at work, but also at home. True leadership doesn’t start when they walk into the doors of an office, it is when they get down on their knees and pray to God, when they love their family and friends with a servant like attitude, and when they are willing to be so vulnerable and so “naked,” that everyone around them wishes to follow them in order to learn to live such a full and joyful life.

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