The Dynamic of Transformational Leadership

Leadership Dynamic:

Transformational leadership seeks to create a positive change in those who follow.

Prioritizing for Transformational Ministry

Many years ago I learned about the principle of 20/80.  When I heard John Maxwell relate this principle, I began applying it to my own ministry.  You know what?  It works.

The 20/80 Principle

Allow me to share this 20/80 principle with you.  I believe you will find it very helpful as it did me years ago.  Twenty percent of your priorities will give you 80 percent of your production, IF you spend your time, energy, money, and personnel on the top 20 percent of your priorities.


Time                20 percent of our time produces 80 percent of the results.

Counseling      20 percent of the people take up to 80 percent of our time.

Products          20 percent of the products bring in 80 percent of the profit.

Job                   20 percent of our work gives us 80 percent of our satisfaction.

Speech             20 percent of the presentation produces 80 percent of the impact.

Donations        20 percent of the people will give 80 percent of the money.

Leadership      20 percent of the people will make 80 percent of the decisions.


Every leader needs to understand this principle in the area of people oversight and leadership.  For example, 20 percent of the people in an organization will be responsible for 80 percent of the ministry’s success.


The 20/80 Strategy

  1. Determine which people are the top 20 percent producers.
  2. Spend 80 percent of your “people time” with the top 20 percent.
  3. Spend 80 percent of your leader development money on the top 20 percent.
  4. Determine what 20 percent of the ministry gives 80 percent of the return and train an assistant to do the 80 percent less-effective work.
  5. Ask the top 20 percent to do on-the-job training for the next 20 percent.


Leadership Principle: We teach what we know; we reproduce what we are.


Identifying the Top 20 Percent


Transformational Leaders

  1. Have a passion for the Gospel.
  2. Have a passion for the unchurched.
  3. Love the church.
  4. Have a mission: to turn church members into disciples, who make other disciples.
  5. Possess a desire for more than they can accomplish – to see a vision of what can be.
  6. Want to fit into the leader’s mission and vision.
  7. Willing to build trust and give permission


Next week we will talk about the lead transformational leader.