What values ground your leadership? Once you can name those values, as a leader, you have a place from which decisions can be made. Without an understanding of your values, you may have a hard time making decisions.
With this in mind, our conversation today is with Chris Thompson. Chris is the Pastor of Selmer First UMC is Selmer, TN. Chris leads with the following five strengths:
In our conversation today, we explore how Chris uses his Belief talent to make decisions, build trust, offer hope, show compassion, and provide stability to the congregation he leads.
We explore the thought that comes up often in Christian groups: Should everyone who is a person of faith have the Belief talent in their top 5 talent themes? Short answer: No! The talent theme may have connections to faith for people of faith with Belief in their top 5, but it is not a religious or faith-based talent theme (those don’t exist). Instead, the Belief talent theme points to your core values.
Additionally, you’ll hear insights about working for change, not giving up, and seeking the unity of Christ above all things.
Clifton Strengths mentioned in this episode
- Connectedness – People exceptionally talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links among all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has meaning.
- Belief – People exceptionally talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their lives.
- Input – People exceptionally talented in the Input theme have a need to collect and archive. They may accumulate information, ideas, artifacts or even relationships.
- Maximizer – People exceptionally talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.
- Strategic – People exceptionally talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
Questions for consideration
- Name three ways you used your strengths in the past week.
- What core value(s) do you celebrate being a guiding light in 2020? Or what core values will you focus on being a guiding light in 2021?
Mentioned in this Episode
Honest Advent by Scott Erickson
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