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Episode 044 – Daniel Hare Speaks To Baylor Law School’s Christian Legal Society

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 by in Podcast Episode | 0 comments


Daniel uses Biblical examples to talk about “leading without authority,” by caring about people, offering to help and praising in public.


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  1. Leading without Authority
    1. Jamy Bechler episode (27:50 through 31:11) (think in terms of your colleagues when talking teammates)
      1. John Maxwell quote: Leadership is influence
      2. Harriet Tubbman
      3. Lead yourself first
    2. Dave Stachowiak
      1. Chief Navy Officer who never gave an order; it was all about influence
      2. Difference between leadership/management/position authority
      3. Leadership definition – is anyone following?
      4. Most leadership research is focused on political leaders because you don’t have to follow them
      5. Volunteer. Show up. Solve problems.
      6. Leadership is about the influence
  2. 8 Ways To Influence Without Authority
    1. Stop Wishing for control / Move beyond compliance
      1. The greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves” (Luke 22:26)
      2. John Maxwell wrote, “off
      3. Joshua 24:14-28
        1. “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods! 17 It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled. 18 And the Lord drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God.”19 Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. 20 If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you.”21 But the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the Lord.”22 Then Joshua said, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the Lord.” “Yes, we are witnesses,” they replied. 23 “Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” 24 And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God and obey him.” 25 On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people, and there at Shechem he reaffirmed for them decrees and laws. 26 And Joshua recorded these things in the Book of the Law of God. Then he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak near the holy place of the Lord.27  “See!” he said to all the people. “This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the Lord has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God.” 28 Then Joshua dismissed the people, each to their own inheritance.
        2. Joshua doesn’t dictate or rule by fiat
        3. He lays out his view and then gives them the choice
        4. When they choose God he takes them further down the road to commitment
        5. Only after they are “in” does Joshua issue rules/standards/etc.
      4. My own experience – Jeremiah Robbins
        1. Won the conference title in all seven seasons as head coach and let them to the NCAA tournament five times.
        2. Didn’t have to yell/scream/dictate. Created a culture where players held each other accountable.
        3. When the time came for myself, the conference or the NCAA to solicit feedback about an issue, or recruit someone to serve on a committee, Jeremiah was first on the list.
    2. Care / Offer to help – Nehemiah
      1. 1:3-4 – sad/fasted/prayed
      2. 2:5 – asked king to let him rebuild
      3. Professor Stephen Dempster: Nehemiah is regarded as the wall builder in Jerusalem, and this is the theme that resonates in the book. But his story is not only about building the physical walls of Jerusalem for physical protection, it is also a story of building spiritual walls around the people with the Word of God and thus building up the people as well.
      4. 2:17,20 – note the use of we/us
      5. 5:1-13 – eating with the workers; advocating on their behalf to relieve their plight
      6. 5:14-19 – his generosity once he became governor (he now has actual authority, but behaves as if he doesn’t)
      7. (caveat – this is also a book about God’s providence when it comes to leadership; he called Nehemiah and rose him up, as he did Abraham, Moses, David, and others.)
      8. My own experience – worked with a guy at OU basketball like this, good friend and guest on episode 15 Josh Prock; cared so much about people, the players, those he worked with; and there was never a task he didn’t offer to take on or help with. He’s now the head coach of a women’s college basketball team, won their league and they are making their first NCAA tournament appearance.
    3. Thank people in public / Nehemiah continued
      1. Lead from a place of humility, which means giving credit where it is due and shining the spotlight on God and others.
      2. Psalm 115:1 – Not to us, Lord, not to us
        but to your name be the glory,
        because of your love and faithfulness.
      3. Nehemiah 3 – literally documents who all should get credit; it is movie credits
      4. My own experience – observing that the great players, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, etc. are always quick to dish out the credit to teammates and coaches after wins, and take the blame when they lose (even if it wasn’t their fault).

Thank Yous/Acknowledgements:

  1. Antioch Live/Clear Day Media Groupmusic
    1. More here.
  2. Jonathan Davis – production
  3. Clint Musslewhite voice over

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