Servant Leadership- R is for Resourceful

October 30, 2008

Resourceful… is this a word that would describe you? If I were to talk to your team or colleagues, would they say you were someone who always knew how to get to an answer? Notice I said “get to” an answer and not always “have” the answer? What are some characteristics of a resourceful leader?

  • This is the person everyone looks to set bring in information that is not commonly known.
  • Most likely, this individual will be the one up to date on current events.
  • Has a passion for their field of experience or interest, often commanding the conversation when these subjects are raised.
  • Will be an internet junkie, always scanning headlines for new stories
  • This person uses their knowledge to be able to relate it to what they are going through or what they see happening around them.
  • They possess an ability to relate their knowledge easily to others citing examples.
  • This might be the person in the office that ALWAYS hits the FWD button on those chain emails about hot topics.
  • Some extremes may be considered activists for their cause

These are great strengths to have, especially for a leader. By enabling yourself to become resourceful, you have opened a whole new degree of knowledge and ability in the area of Strategic Leadership. A leader who already possesses the ability to think strategically is one who is normally at the helm of any organization simply by default. However, if someone who thinks strategically can also lend themselves to be resourceful, you know have a leader with the ability to think outside of the box. Additionally, you will also see someone who is consistently yearning to take their organization to the next level.

My Sr. Pastor at Westwood Baptist seems to be extremely resourceful. While preaching, Dr. Les Hughes often quotes these wonderful works of literature from the Library of Congress to the latest chain email going around. By intertwining some of this “resourcefulness” into his sermons, he is able to connect with a variety of people in the listening audience, not just the ones who are “like” him. This is the hidden treasure of being a Resourceful Leader-Your Appeal.

Benefits of Becoming a Resourceful Leader:

  • By constantly learning and growing, you are naturally going to become more like a chameleon in the crowds you surf. You will be able to interact with someone talking about the latest email scam to someone discussing the latest research on biotechnology.
  • You attract more people due to your simple ability to naturally entertain with the plethora of knowledge you seem to have.
  • When major decisions need to be made, you will be invited to weigh in due to your ability to bring in not only wisdom for the situation, but most likely wisdom from outside the four walls of the decision room.
  • You will most likely always have energy to work on … anything. You have an incredible thirst for knowledge which helps you become more a Strategic Leader and will always help you set the bar of Leadership Excellence.

Bad Side of being “Too” Resourceful

  • May spend too much time gathering facts becoming indecisive
  • Seems to be lacking the ability to make a quick decision when the situation calls for it.
  • Because of their passion, they may be reclusive, losing touch with the team

Remember, St. Augustine mentioned something in the lines of “too much of anything…” The same rule applies. With SERVANT LEADERSHIP, you are asked to balance all of these characteristics and become more like Christ in His ability to reach, teach, and coach all he came in contact with. Join us next time for our posting on SERVANT LEADERSHIP!



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About the Writer:


Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. He currently works for SourcePointe, an HR Outsourcing Agency while continuing to own and operate Christian Management Consulting as a ministry. In his free time, he also writes a lot on Church Development as a Church Consultant.


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