Terry A. Smith is the Lead Pastor of The Life Christian Church (TLCC) in West Orange, New Jersey. TLCC has grown from a small 54-member congregation to nearly 3,000 members over the course of 27 years. TLCC is widely recognized for the diversity of its membership as well as its powerful leadership culture.
Terry is also the co-founder of the New York City Leadership Center and has served as a board member or leader for many organizations. He is also a respected national and international speaker and the bestselling author of “Live 10: Jumpstart the Best Version of Your Life” and “The Hospitable Leader”.
Terry believes in the idea of hospitable leadership, defined as creating an environment of welcome that embraces diversity and inclusivity. In Terry’s opinion, hospitable leadership is the foundation of every other leadership style and structure. After all, if you don’t invite people in, you can’t hope to lead them.
There are many different styles of leadership, and there are countless leadership methodologies, courses, books, and seminars that each promise to teach you the secrets of becoming an effective leader. But you can’t be a leader if you have no one to lead, and that’s where hospitable leadership comes in.
Terry Smith understands this. Terry serves as the Lead Pastor of The Life Christian Church in New Jersey, and he is an expert in leadership. Terry practices hospitable leadership, which is the idea of creating a diverse and welcoming space for people, allowing them to be open and receptive to your message. Hospitable leadership is closely related to servant leadership, but it also serves as the necessary first step to fostering communication and building trust.
In this episode, Terry shares his thoughts on hospitable leadership and the profound effect it can have on your organization and your team. Hospitable leadership creates an empowering and safe environment that allows the Ripple Effect to flourish and work its magic.
I hope that you will listen to my conversation with Pastor Terry Smith and are able to absorb the incredibly valuable information and strategies he shares. Terry’s thoughts on hospitable leadership will allow you to lay the foundation of openness and trust that is critical for any business leader to be able to more effectively guide their teams. Please enjoy the episode.
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