So there I was...
Leadership Lessons from Basic Training
Christians should be the best leaders on the planet
So there I was…Most military stories start this way, I was sitting in the Command Master Chief’s office. He had just said, “I see potential in you. You are ready to lead at the highest level. Are you willing to do what it takes to get promoted?”
And I told him…”No.”
I had given 23 years of my life to the Navy. I loved being a Navy Chief, but I knew God had a different plan for the next season of my life.
A couple of years earlier, I was sitting down with the Pastor of my local church and as we were talking about how to lead his staff, I realized something. He had been given tons of training, guidance and coaching on preaching and teaching and almost no training, guidance or coaching on leadership. Yet he was expected to lead the church staff. He felt like everyone was waiting for him to lead and he had never been told what to do.
At that moment, I knew what God wanted me to do with the rest of my life, and it did not involve a Navy promotion. He wanted me to use my Navy leadership experience to help church leaders become leaders worth following. That realization changed the trajectory of my life. I retired from the Navy, went to seminary, got ordained and started serving as a Community Pastor at a large church and invested in helping church leaders grow.
A few years later, God again adjusted my vision and encouraged me to help leaders outside of my church. So, I started coaching and consulting, because I believe the church should have the best leaders on the planet. After all, we follow the best leader who ever lived, Jesus Christ.
Maybe you are feeling like my friend did all those years ago.
Maybe everyone is looking at you, waiting for you to lead but you are not sure what to do.
Maybe you have been promoted into a leadership position and this is the first time you have to write someone else’s performance review.
Maybe you are a team leader and have to figure out how to equip, encourage and empower volunteers.
Maybe your church has become so successful that you now need to hire a staff and you are used to doing everything yourself.
There are tons of great leadership resources out there to help you, but where do you start? What books should you read, what podcast should you listen to, who should you recruit as a mentor, which conference should you attend, who should coach you?..It can be overwhelming.
I want to help. I have tried all the leadership things. I have led in some of the toughest environments in the world. And I know that what you really need is a plan. But not just a generic development plan. Because leadership development is a one size fits one process. You need your own personalized Leader Growth Plan.
If you are ready to take action and become a leader worth following, I invite you to grab one of my Leader Growth Plans, where together we’ll get clear about your leadership goals, uncover what’s really standing in your way, and create a proven plan to help you become a leader worth following. These calls are normally $250, but if you are ready to take action now, I will cover the cost.
Steve Curran, Certified GiANT Worldwide Coach
Leadership and Executive Coach
Steve is a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer with 23 years of Navy Leadership Experience. He is uniquely positioned to translate military leadership principles to a modern church context.
He has been trained as a GiANT Worldwide Coach, a Working Genius Consultant and has experience in strategic planning, leadership development, team dynamics, Lean Six Sigma and adult learning.
He has been a volunteer, a church member, a team leader, and a full time pastor, so not only has he been where you are, he has been where the people you lead are.
Some "Sea Stories"
The back of Steve’s head has been on CNN.
Steve and his wife lived in Italy for four years.
Steve has gone swimming in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
He is 6’3” tall, but is horrible at basketball.
He went to a performing arts high school.
He has been happily married for over 27 years and has two amazing kids.
He is currently training in karate with his son.