Vivat Jesus Bother Knights,
Welcome to the 2021-22 Fiscal year. The State Officers and the District Deputies met in July for the annual organizational meeting. It was a busy weekend, and the DDs are working to bring the information for this year’s plan to you as soon as possible. Part of weekend focused on leadership training. With all the information that we handed to the DDs we did not have time to fully discuss this issue, so I promised to provide some leadership training in the monthly newsletter going forward.
I have had a lot of time to develop leadership skills and to teach it as well. One of the best sources that I have found on leadership is the Stephen Covey books “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and “Principle Centered Leadership”. Both expound that Leadership is a skill that needs to be exercised to improve. I highly recommend reading both books. They are an easy read, but they are a little long. One point that stuck with me from these books is that there is a difference between Leadership and Management. Good managers make a process efficient. The Leader looks around and determines what direction the company needs to go. Sometimes we need to be aware that the mangers will push back because they have become highly efficient at what they do. However, the Leader needs to be clear that if a change is needed, it must be implemented.
This applies to us as well. As we, as Councils of the Knights of Columbus, look at what we do we will find that we have become very efficient. Whether it’s breakfast, fish dinners, helping with tootsie roll drives. We have a great program. But we have a lot of young adults looking for clear guidance regarding their church and religious direction. We need to look at this as an opportunity to help potential new Knights. Yes, we make great pancakes, but we need to look at what can we do to feed the soul. It is a new direction, but one that we ought to explore.
I look forward to exploring more on leadership next month. If you have comments or questions, feel free to reach out to me. I believe this discussion will help us as Knights develop our Councils and open new avenues for new Knights.
Keep up your good works of charity and lead your community closer to God.