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Ep 065: Leadership Development with Special Guest Todd Adkins

Welcome to Episode 65 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

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On today’s episode we have special guest Todd Adkins! He is the Director of Leadership at Lifeway Christian Resources! Todd grew up in Kentucky and attended small Baptist churches for most of his childhood. Growing up as a pastor’s kid, Todd did not plan to become a pastor himself, but quickly found out that God had other plans for him.

Takeaways for Leaders:

  1. As a leader, instead of being a do-er you can do a lot more as a developer. Focusing on developing your staff is critical with the culture of your organization for success. Take them on that journey to help them become who they are created to be.

  2. As leaders we have one job. Our one job is to make disciples for the work of the ministry, and if we do that, it is measured in the fullness of Christ Jesus.

  3. Leadership development is the vision that inspires, but it is also the plumbing that delivers on the dream. You have to do the hard work of laying out the blueprints and the plan to get there instead of just saying "XYZ".

  4. Some key things to look for in potential leaders are a good attitude and work ethic. You can teach skills all day long but when it comes down to it, character is what makes a leader great.

  5. Competency based learning vs. knowledge transfer.

 

Todd Adkins' social media:

Twitter = @ToddAdkins

Instagram= @Toddadkins

 

Books mentioned in this podcast:

Simple Church by Thom S. Rainer

https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Church-Returning-Process-Disciples/dp/0805447997

Leadership Pipline by Charan, Drotter, Noel

https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Church-Returning-Process-Disciples/dp/0805447997

Leadership Engine by Noel Tichy

https://www.amazon.com/Leadership-Engine-Building-Rapid-Read-Handbook/dp/0944002250/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1492552126&sr=1-1&keywords=leadership+engine

Leadership Pipeline Website

http://myleadershippipeline.com

 

Todd’s Podcasts

5 Leadership Questions

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/5-leadership-questions/id1016454336?mt=2

New Churches Podcast

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/new-churches-q-a-podcast/id1045851546?mt=2

 

 

Quotes

“We really need to take people on a journey with specific destinations and ports of call along the way” - Todd Adkins

“All people have a unique calling from God.” - Todd Adkins

“You can never stop cultivating your character.” - Todd Adkins

“You have to have a transfer of knowledge, but you also have to have experience and you also have to have coaching.”  - Todd Adkins

“Leadership development is poetry and plumbing.” - Todd Adkins

“I was here to build an army not an audience.” - Todd Adkins

“Programs don’t develop people, but processes sure do.’’ - Todd Adkins