W6D3 - Communication

"A good man brings good things out of the good
stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings
evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.
For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of" - Luke 6:45.

Leaders can study the technical side of communications and become proficient in email, podcasting, live streaming, video conferencing and publishing. Yet the Bible is clear that proficiency in communications is a heart matter, not just a skill matter. If leaders want to produce good communication, they must have a good heart - not a perfect one, but a heart that is open, honest and aware of its condition and need for the Lord. The spoken, sung or written words that come from a leader's mouth are an expression of a leader's heart.

LEADERSHIP STEP: What condition is your heart in these days? You can tell by the words you are uttering or writing. If you are not encouraging others, accept that it is a heart matter and ask God's help to get to the root cause. If you are being critical or sarcastic, it's a heart matter and not just a matter of controlling your tongue. Ask God to help you face and deal with your heart, and watch your leadership communication improve.

W1D3 - Communication

"I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand" - 1 Corinthians 16:21.

Communication is important to any leader, and personalizing communication can be special to those who receive it. A handwritten note, a personal email, a greeting card or even a personal visit from a busy leader can make a memorable and deep impact. With today's social media options, the opportunities to do what Paul did - invest his own mark and energy into his letter - are endless. Yet if you are going to do social media, do not have someone do it for you! Take the time to create and send your own posts, letters or emails.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Take time today to write someone to encourage them. Then make it a part of your weekly ritual to communicate personally with someone important in your world. What's more, you need to set a social media philosophy for how you can use that media to improve your communication.