In this episode of How I Lead, I talk with Marty Halverson who is currently serving as a Relief Society president in South Jordan, Utah.
Marty shares her 5 keys of leadership and includes advice on choosing counselors when you don’t know anyone in the ward, establishing unity in a ward, creating a mission statement, showing love at every opportunity, and leading how the Savior would lead.
Marty’s 5 Keys of Leadership
1. Determine your direction and invite others to follow
- Articulate a mission statement based on lofty goals and personal strengths
- Ask: “What do we want to have happen?”
- Ask: “What could our RS be like?”
- Describe an exciting vision for the future.
2. Cultivate strong friendships
- Become acquainted with every sister in my care.
- Be familiar with her circumstances.
- Remember her name and her story.
- Eat, work, walk, and talk together as the Savior did.
- Listen with compassion.
- Spend time; don’t be in a hurry.
- Demonstrate unabashed love.
3. Lead with Encouragement
- Send the message, “Be of good cheer. It is I, your friend, your neighbor. Don’t worry. I want to help.” (To Lead as Jesus Led Book).
- Speak kindly: ask, don’t demand.
- Value individuals, treat them individually.
- Laugh and smile a lot. Make it fun to be together.
- Show gratitude. (Remember this is a volunteer organization!)
4. Help others succeed
- Support the bishop!
- Involve as many people as possible.
- Share expectations.
- Train with diligence and patience.
- Utilize “Return and report”.
- Compliment their efforts.
5. Remember this is the Lord’s work. Use the Lord’s methods
- Listen for inspiration.
- Recognize others’ inspiration.
During the interview Marty referenced the book To Lead as Jesus Led by Eric Stephan and Wayne Pace (I’m looking forward to reading it).
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