The Seven Habits of Highly Effective AY Leaders

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The Seven Habits of Highly
Effective A.Y. Leaders
David Jeffrey, MBA
in association with the
Crawford Adventist Academy Department of Business Studies.
and
FocusFactor Consulting Services
The Value of a Habit
 A habit is:
a. A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of
behavior that is acquired through frequent
repetition.
b. An established disposition of the mind or
character.
(source: http://www.dictionary.com)
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Effective Leaders:
 1. Keep their vertical connection
 2. Have a concrete vision
 3. Draw a map for the team
 4. Connect and interconnect
 5. Wash the feet and serve the bread
 6. Share and learn
 7. Bear fruit
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1. The Vertical Connection
 Leaders pray – a sign of a living
relationship
 Nehemiah’s prayers
 Daniel’s prayer life
 Esther’s fasting
 David’s psalms
 Abiding in the vine, bearing fruit
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2. The Concrete Vision
 Where there is no vision, the people perish
 What is the vision?
– “the Advent message to all the world”
– Training the youth?
– Educating the church?
– Entertaining the adults?
– Filling time on Sabbath afternoon?
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3. Drawing the Map
 “Journey of a thousand miles…”
 Charting the course
 Fail to plan, plan to fail
 Goal setting – SMART goals
 Nehemiah once again…
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4. Connecting & interconnecting
 The power of relationship
 Touching a heart, seeking a hand
 Teamwork, the key to AY success
 Pilots and copilots rather than solo fliers
 Involving the church
 Keeping on the right side of the board
 The value of networking
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5. Washing the Feet
 Leaders serve
 Jesus washed his disciples’ feet
 If you want to be the greatest…
 Can’t just lead by instruction – must do, and
show
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6. Sharing and Learning
 The one law – all receive to give
 The body of Christ – variety of talents
 No one of us has all talents
 A.Y. is a wonderful community of
leadership – FAY has value
 Recognize the value of humility
 Exchange programs and ideas
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7. Bearing Fruit
 Seedless oranges, seedless grapes, seedless
watermelon, seedless leaders?
 Leaving a legacy
 Mentorship
 Elijah and Elisha
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The 7 Habits Revisited:
 1. Keep your vertical connection
 2. Have a concrete vision
 3. Draw a map for the team
 4. Connect and interconnect
 5. Wash the feet and serve the bread
 6. Share and learn
 7. Bear fruit
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The 7 Habits – Getting Practical
 1. Begin a personal prayer journal
 2. Sit down with your staff and craft a
vision and mission for your A.Y. department
 3. Put together a year plan of activities
 4. Choose one member a month to invest
time in knowing
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The 7 Habits – Getting Practical
 5. Get involved in a hands-on project with
your youth this year
 6. Arrange a program exchange today
 7. Make a serious effort to select potential
successors and mentor them
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Discussion
 What experiences have you had that bear
out the importance of the habits you see
here?
 What habits would you add to this list?
 How might these habits be applied in your
life?
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The Value of a Choice
 Choices determine
habits
 Habits determine
character
 Character determines
destiny
 Choose today to
practice the habits that
will lead to lasting
success for you and
for the Adventist
Youth department
which you lead
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References
 John Maxwell, 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
 John Maxwell, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a
Leader
 Tim Strickland, Leadership 101
 Tim Strickland, Mentoring 101
 David Jeffrey, “Seedless Oranges, Seedless
Grapes, Seedless Leaders”
 The Holy Bible
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