1. Do a study of leadership in scripture. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of leaders such as Moses, David and others. Describe how their strengths produced positive results and their weaknesses were either detrimental or overcome.

2. As you complete the study of Action Step One, construct your response such that it can be turned into an inspirational lesson or a post on your blog.

3. Analyze your own leadership characteristics and determine where you fit into the scheme. Give specific examples of how your strengths can be maximized. Discuss any of your weaknesses that can be ignored, and show how critical weaknesses can be minimized or eliminated.

4. Meet with your colleagues and do a similar analysis as in Action Step Three above, but do the analysis with respect to the strengths and weaknesses of the group.


After twenty years experience in public school I made the transition to Christian schools. Twenty more years passed, and I wrote my first book, Radical Excellence.

Almost an autobiography of my professional career, this book takes a look at the present state of teaching, learning and leadership in our educational society today. Realizing there are no easy answers, several issues are addressed from the grassroots perspective.

For those who don't keep your library on shelves, but in a Kindle or other reader, Radical Excellence is also available as an ebook.

John Maxwell's Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know is an outstanding information book that is a "must read" for every Christian educator.

I continue to believe Christian schools could provide a necessary educational excellence to education. That excellence will happen as the quality and focused passion of leaders in Christian schools continues to improve.

Levels of Leadership

Nothing is cast in stone.

The concept of levels of leadership is not an absolute for any single individual. What is obvious, however, is that most of us have one obvious attribute that defines who we are.

When that identifiable characteristic merges with the job we do, things are good. On the other hand, if our strengths don’t meet the needs of the group we lead, chaos or mediocrity will reign.

Effective and wise people understand the various levels of leadership. When the fit isn’t proper, they can learn how to change their level of leadership or move on to a more appropriate place.

Powerful leaders understand maximizing strengths is the starting point for effective leadership. They also know their strengths affect the performance of those who follow.

 Not all weaknesses are fatal.

Great leaders have the wisdom and experience to know what to do about weaknesses.

  • ignore them
  • minimize them
  • eliminate them

Leadership, like life, is not definitively black or white, nor is it always brilliant. It is a spectrum of colors, some of which shine brightly while others fade gently into the background.

As you watch this lesson, do so with an insightful mind, and ask yourself the following questions.

  • where do you fit in to the concept of levels of leadership?
  • are your strengths an effective fit for your vision?
  • do you need to work on developing new strengths?
  • do you have weaknesses that need minimizing?

Finally, keep on seeking God-given wisdom so that God’s power can be apparent even in your weaknesses.