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Leadership in Context Episode 181 Show Notes


Three Leadership Essentials

Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci

Episode 181

Three leadership essentials:

1. Government

2. Power

3. Strategy


When we talk about government, we normally refer to who is in charge. Government is not just authority. Government is the determination and execution of decisions. How do you know if you have proper government? How are decisions made, and how are decisions communicated? Good government communicates why and how the decision was made. How do people have input into that decision-making process? If you are insecure, you will be threatened by anyone giving input. If you are more secure and are looking for the best answer, there will be avenues for others to give input.

Good government is not just the final authority, it’s how that authority; is being executed and how decisions are being made and communicated.


Power is not force. Power is understanding what moves your ministry/family/organization/job forward, the tangible ingredient that makes it able to move forward.

Several years ago, I lived in a small town that had several tractor dealers. I would observe and interact with the owners since I had some property and needed a tractor. One of the tractor dealerships was located just off the main highway. They had a great showroom, but they didn’t have great customer service and they couldn’t really help you fix your tractor. Their power was all about their location, it was the easiest to find. There was another dealership, not too much out of the way. It was an older place, but they had great customer service. They would fix tractors, order parts, and answer your questions. Their power base, the thing that made people go to them, was that they were really good at service. There was a third tractor shop that wasn’t really interested in location or service; his power was price. His overhead was low, and he didn’t have many employees. If saving money was your chief goal, he was your guy.

When you look at your assets, as a person, what is your power base? There is an old saying: “Guard your weaknesses and polish your strengths.” In ministry, I think churches make mistakes in mimicking other churches instead of taking a step back, looking at their team and their people, and figuring out what they do well, what their power base is, why people want to connect to them, and how to communicate that.


The strategy should match your governmental processes and your power base. Strategy is the plan to accomplish the goal. If you are going on a trip, you’ll have a strategy of getting to that destination. The power base might be a boat or a plane to get you there. The strategy is the time it takes, the money needed, and if anything else (like a trailer for your stuff) is required.

Government. Power. Strategy.

If you feel like you are really doing well in some areas and yet aren’t producing fruit there, take a step back and evaluate these three leadership essentials.

Join us next week as Keith Tucci continues to put leadership truth in the context of the local church. And as always, please like, share, rate/review, and invite others to listen. See you next week!

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