I love learning how other leaders think…especially how they think about leadership. Today is part 5 of asking respected leaders some basic leadership questions (see the links for the other leaders below). Today, I’ve asked my friend and co-author Erik Rees his answers.

Erik has spent most of his adult life finding leaders and developing them. First for many years as a pastor, and now as a leader/consultant for Church Solutions Group (www.churchsolutionsgroup.com). He is the organization’s people-person who loves people, knows church culture, and is passionate to help people find their unique shape for ministry. He is constantly looking for good leaders who want to be placed in a good church, so he may be someone that you want to get to know. In addition to his pastoral and consulting work, Erik is the author of several books including: S.H.A.P.E.: Finding and Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose for Life, Only You Can Be You: 21 Days to Making Your Life Count, and TILT: Small Shifts in Leadership that Make a Big DifferenceErik weighs in on my leadership questions:

What is your definition of leadership?

The ability to lead effective change in a group of people by empowering them to believe more in themselves so they achieve more together than they can alone.

What’s an important tip you have to share about leading others?

Leadership starts with self-leadership. The first act of leading is having the ability to be a follower first… a follower of Christ.

What’s your biggest failure/weakness as a leader?

Expecting too much of others too fast.

What do you do to keep growing as a leader?

Personal and 360 inventory of my life. A leader must give a few others permission to speak truth into their lives. Everyone has blind-spots.

What is your favorite ____________?

Basketball coach: John Wooden–every leader can learn from this amazing man.

If you’d like to see the other leadership interviews, you can see Duffy Robbins, Rick Lawrence, or Doug Franklin and Megan Hutchinson.

Why don’t you chime in this week on one of the questions? I’d love to learn from you.