T.D. Jakes was born in the year 1957, and he is an African-American author, pastor, and actor. He is the bishop and leader of The Potter’s House that is a non-denominational American church. Jake’s evangelistic sermons and church services are broadcast on The Potter’s Touch that airs on lightsource.com, Black Entertainment Television, The Miracle Channel in Canada, and the Daystar Television Network. Additional aspects of TD Jakes’ ministry involve a yearly revival referred to as “MegaFest” which draws more than 300000 people, an annual women’s conference known as ”Woman Thou Art Loosed,” and the gospel music recordings.
Jakes believes that for one to be an effective leader, there is the need for added exposure beyond the subjects, or the leader loses the right to lead the people. The pastor argues that a leader cannot exercise leadership beyond personal exposure and experience. Highly effective leaders usually possess various skills that are beyond those of the followers. When the leaders feel active, excited, and enthusiastic, they are more likely to motivate their subordinates and have a feeling of efficacy, optimism, competence, and enjoyment. TD Jakes believes in influencing other people as one of the traits of an effective leader.
Communication is a vital element of effective leadership in the different organizations within the scope of life. Jakes advocates that when a leader gets new information, it is important to find a way to update the people. When a leader fails to send out updates, he or she is creating the mentality of the followers around where they have been rather than where they want to progress in the future. The pastor throughout the ministry strives to maintain the free flow of information within the support team and all the administrative heads.
Effective leaders give opportunities to other upcoming players in the field. Jakes advocates for leaders to give people opportunities to say the things that they wish although the leaders do not like them. People will not be willing to follow the leaders if they are not heard and so it has been the pastor’s trait to give a chance to other people to express themselves and convey the ideas that they wish to communicate to the leadership team. Churches like other institutions are faced with organizational politics and hence it is the bishop to listen to all the parties and come up with the final verdict regarding the positions of all the parties in the institution.
According to the bishop, effective leaders are goal oriented. Jakes claims to apply the theory of goal setting and beating deadlines as strategies of achieving strides in the management and leadership aspects of leading the congregation. Visionary leaders are required to achieve enhancements and milestones in the various aspects of operations of the organization. Jakes has applied the goal setting strategy in the various projects that the ministry has undertaken, and he claims that it is fruitful to set systematic, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound goals for the key stakeholders in the operations of the organization.
Jakes believes in the legitimate, expert, and charismatic powers that the leaders hold over the subordinates. As the bishop, Jakes holds the structural position of the leader in the ministry. By virtue of being the bishop, he commands respect and following from the subordinates. Jakes started preaching in the year 1980 at the age of 23 years. Since then to date, he has acquired massive expertise, knowledge, and skill and hence he holds the leadership position through the expertise that he has gained. Jakes’ personality and interpersonal relations dictate that he is a charismatic person. He exercises charismatic control over the people under him within the ministry.