29 episodes

Proven Perspectives is a podcast with John Hawkins, Founder of Leadership Edge Inc. Each episode explores a topic related to life, leadership and mentoring. Through nearly 50 years of faith in Christ, John has learned proven life and leadership perspectives that will equip listeners for a lifestyle of leadership in their marriages, families, careers, communities, and churches.

Proven Perspectives with John Hawkins | Mentoring, Life & Leadership John Hawkins and Leadership Edge, Inc., LEI

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Proven Perspectives is a podcast with John Hawkins, Founder of Leadership Edge Inc. Each episode explores a topic related to life, leadership and mentoring. Through nearly 50 years of faith in Christ, John has learned proven life and leadership perspectives that will equip listeners for a lifestyle of leadership in their marriages, families, careers, communities, and churches.

    It is Your Very LIFE!

    It is Your Very LIFE!

    At the end of Moses’ life as he gave his last message to the Israelites before his death, he proclaimed to the Israelites the supremacy of knowing and living by God’s Word. In Deuteronomy 32:45-47a, Moses says Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day... they are not just idle words for you--they are your very life.
    John shares with Laura the difference that reading through the entire Old and New Testament several times over the last few years has given him a better understanding of who God tells us He is.
    To read more go to https://www.lead-edge.com/4hisglory

    • 34 min
    A Deeper Look at the Mindsets of God-honoring Leaders

    A Deeper Look at the Mindsets of God-honoring Leaders

    In part two of the Mindsets of God-honoring Leaders series, John and Laura take a deeper look at five established sets of attitudes (mindsets) which he has observed often characterize God-honoring leaders. A mindset is defined as a fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person's responses to and interpretations of situations. Through observation of hundreds of young men and women mentored through LEI over the past 26 years, John identifies five mindsets he has seen that God often forges into God-honoring leaders. These mindsets are:
    bringing honor and glory to God in all things, humility, wisdom, intentionality and resilience though he states that this is not an exhaustive list. Click to read John’s reflections on the mindset of God-honoring leaders.

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/56e770d027d4bd9ffa94bcec/t/5e27513f6a01722e9115a6fb/1579635007293/The+Mindset+of+God-honoring+Leaders.pdf

    • 33 min
    Mindset of God-honoring Leaders Conversation with Matt Walker

    Mindset of God-honoring Leaders Conversation with Matt Walker

    A mindset is the established set of attitudes held by someone. As God brings values to become part of our character they are shown by our mindset. In this podcast, Laura interviews John Hawkins and SF Regional Director at Young Life, Matt Walker about 5 mindsets of God-honoring leaders. Our mindset is how we think about things, how we assess and understand our context and make accordingly make decisions. Click to read John’s reflections on the mindset of God-honoring leaders. https://www.lead-edge.com/4hisglory

    • 47 min
    A Long Friendship in the Same Direction

    A Long Friendship in the Same Direction

    Laura opens the interview with John and Randy Boyts, his closest friend for over 40 years stating that it's rare for people, and probably especially men, to have friendships that are as long and as deep as yours. Our topic today is, "A Long Friendship in the Same Direction."
    Though very different from one another, Randy and John reflect on the strength they have found through their friendship as they have encouraged each other on as Hebrews 3:13 describes. John says that one of the residual effects of a long friendship where you share the same core values and have gone through so many parts of life together is that even when you are not together, there is still guidance that comes to you from the life of your friend.
    There is a sense in which even when I’m not with Randy, I can hear his voice. I know what he would say. I know how he lives now and how he has lived in the past. Even when we aren’t together, there is guidance that comes from him which gives me perspective and calls me forward. Randy reflects on the value he found as he faced a hard situation a number of years ago where talking to a long-term friend like John, who knew him well, knew his heart, his history could give him needed perspective on the hard situation. Also knowing that John was walking alongside him with support was key to helping him get through a time that was very challenging. Randy says that it is important for men to be able to lay aside pride and pretense to develop a deep friendship. John concludes, we understand the deep need that each of us has for Jesus. We are two men who desperately need Jesus who have learned how to walk through life together.
    To read an excerpt on friendship from Leadership as a Lifestyle by John Hawkins go to As Iron Sharpens Iron-The Inestimable Value of a Few Good Friends
    www.lead-edge.com/s/As-Iron-Sharpens-Iron-The-Inestimable-Value-of-a-Few-Good-Friends.pdf

    • 41 min
    The Need for Influence- The Steps to Gaining It

    The Need for Influence- The Steps to Gaining It

    In this episode John and Laura discuss the fact that leadership is much more about interpersonal influence than about the position held in the organization. They break down a 2 x 2 diagram that shows the impact of moving from the lower left quadrant where one has no position and no influence to the upper right quadrant where one holds both position and influence. Those in the upper right quadrant (high influence and high position) are able to build up the organization, lead the people well and God is honored and glorified. Listeners can access John’s paper on Lifestyle Leadership that further explains the need for influence and how to gain it by growth in character, competence and commitment.
    Leadership and Influence
    https://www.lead-edge.com/influence
    Lifestyle Leadership Model https://www.lead-edge.com/leadershiplifestylemodel

    • 31 min
    The Role is Not the Reward

    The Role is Not the Reward

    Throughout the span of our lives, God gives us many roles to play. In this podcast episode, John and Laura discuss John’s transition from serving as the President of Leadership Edge to welcoming and working under the new President Todd Melby. We focus on a quote from Jon Bloom’s book, Things Not Seen: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Trusting God's Promises and related scripture passages that guide us to understand that knowing Christ, not the role we play, is the reward. Listeners can also access a paper that John wrote called, The Role Is Not the Reward at www.lead-edge.com/roleisnotthereward

    • 38 min

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