5F Podcast 2: Strength

I (Matt) grew up playing baseball in the 80s. The high school I went to in Abilene, TX won the Baseball America (mythical) national championship in 1987 and 1988. As big as football is in West Texas, baseball was a close second at our school.

My primary position was pitcher. I wasn’t that good, but I wanted to be. Trouble is, I was “husky” - details are inside this podcast episode - which meant that I had zero athletic advantage over anyone on our team. I was not strong. I was not fast. I simply was not physically healthy.

Are you physically healthy? Can you make it through your everyday work without propping yourself up with caffeine and sugar? Do you have the stamina to make it through the work day?

5F Podcast 1: What Is Five Factors?

The Five Factors Leadership Podcast is a project that began almost twenty years ago at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. And while neither Tal Prince nor I (Matt Adair) had grand plans to take over the world with a podcast, here we are. And that’s a win for you.

Tal was the teaching assistant in a preaching class I had at Beeson, and he gave me a D- on a book review that I wrote for the class. I don’t remember the book, but I do remember Tal’s note: ‘Your writing deserves an A. But your arrogance makes we want to give you an F. Consider this D- an act of mercy.’

Here Are Five Reasons That Five Factors Leadership Exists

Five Factors Leadership Overview

Five Factors Leadership Community

Last week, Tal and I announced that we're launching the Five Factors Leadership podcast.

You'll be able to listen to the first three episodes next Monday.

Today, I want to share five reasons why we believe Five Factors can help you as a leader:

1. We Want You To Thrive

The best leaders are healthy leaders. These are leaders who remain faithful, make a difference and leave a legacy. 

In our experience, health is rooted in your humanity. Leaders who are unhealthy are not healthy people. So, conversely, if you want to be healthy as a leader - if you want to thrive - you have to focus on your personal health and development.

2. We Know You Feel Stuck

When leaders are unhealthy, they stop doing what's necessary to lead well. They feel stuck.

Every leader feels stuck sometimes.

Sometimes you feel stuck because of what's going on around you. Your situation and circumstances and context are hard. Life at home is challenging. 

Sometimes you feel stuck because of what's going on inside of you. The unhealthy things you have done and the unhealthy things that have been done to you creates guilt, shame, stress, fear that leave you unable or unwilling to do the next right thing.

3. We Have A Plan

So what should you do when you get stuck in your life and leadership?

Our suggestion is that you focus on taking the next right step.

Our plan is to help you do the next right thing.

When you take the next right steps - mentally, physically, relationally, spiritually, vocationally - you have the clarity required to build the momentum you need to get the results that you want.

Those results in each of the 'five factors' above, include resilience, strength, presence, hope and ambition. Combined, each serves as a critical ingredient in the recipe of healthy leadership that thrives in every area of life.

4. We Have Resources

How do you know where to focus, and what steps to take next?

We created a free overview of the Five Factors framework. When you read it, you'll have a better idea of the details we are focusing on in Five Factors. Plus, we added a simple self-assessment that you can complete in minutes and get an idea of how healthy you are.

We've also recently launched the Five Factors online community. This is an exclusive area where we host masterclasses, house a resource library, hold group coaching sessions - all designed to help you take action and thrive. I'd love for you to check it out and invest in your leadership.

And, as we announced, the Five Factors Leadership podcast launches next week. I'd love for you to check out an episode when it drops on Monday the 11th.

Why have we created these resources? To help you take steps (momentum) based on our plan (clarity) that will help you thrive as a leader (results).

5. We Don't Want You To Fail

There is nothing magical about Five Factors Leadership.

But it is a different way to lead.

It's different because we believe helping others starts with taking care of yourself.

It's different because we believe what's missing is not more information but the right information.

It's different because we believe the way leaders thrive is with a group of other leaders.

So you can learn lots of leadership by reading books, listening to podcasts and going to conferences. But without someone else to process with, to learn from, to encourage - you're playing against a stacked deck.

At best, you will struggle to lead well.

More likely, you'll get stuck and stop trying to lead well altogether.

Your choice.

Introducing The Five Five Factors Leadership Podcast

I want to tell you about a brand new podcast that I'm launching soon with my friend, Tal Prince. It's called Five Factors Leadership and it's all about helping you thrive as a leader.

We are combining our combined three decades of expertise as a pastor and leadership coach (Matt) and as a licensed therapist (Tal) to give you a way to evaluate your leadership. Are you merely surviving, or are you thriving in every critical area of life?

Are You Spiritually Healthy?

Guest post by Tal Prince.

One of my close friends was fond of saying, “There are a lot of things that I can live without, but hope is not one of them.” Do you agree with that? Don’t be too quick to give a Sunday school answer - Do you agree that you need hope to live?

In an age of independence and self-sufficiency, it doesn’t look like anyone needs hope. A quick perusal of the lyrical content of the top pop songs in the country doesn’t scream that we need hope. They are rife with bravado and self-sufficiency, which seems to be the opposite of hope. Seriously, if I can provide everything that I need, what good is hope?

Leadership Lesson From The World's Worst Accountant

I was the world's worst accountant.

After college, I went to seminary for a year. And then after my wife and I were married, I took a year off. I was also working in campus ministry and chose to spend the first year of our marriage barely seeing each other as we juggled multiple jobs to make ends meet.

So I used my undergraduate degree in accounting and was able to land a job as an accountant in a medium-sized in office in Birmingham where Lindsey and I lived at the time.

I started in October, and on the last day of tax season, I was informed that the firm was hiring two new tax accountants and that my services were no longer needed.

Why? Because I was the world's worst accountant.

Are Your Relationships Healthy?

Guest post by Tal Prince.

We have all sat through some roll calls in our life, and the more formal authority figures sometimes required us to respond, “present.” 

What did you mean when you answered? Did you mean that you were fully there, or did you mean that you were merely physically in the room? 

For most of us, we meant we were physically there, but that was about it.

Is that true for you during staff meetings and lunches with friends? Is it sometimes true in your marriage or with your children? 

It is so easy these days to be physically present, but mentally and emotionally distracted. Of all the shortages we have in our world, we are not suffering a shortage for distraction.

Do You Have The Strength To Lead?

So your first mistake was taking your shirt off.

And your second mistake was standing in front of a mirror when you took your shirt off.

You were able to avoid it at the beach - you kept your shirt on the whole time.

You stay away from gyms where people lift heavy things - no reason to let anyone else know that you have a hard time opening a jar of pickles.

But here you are staring at yourself in the mirror. And it's impossible to miss.

You're not in good shape.

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