Jason Young, director of guest services at Atlanta-based North Point Ministries, is passionate about leadership and creating healthy, dynamic teams. Young, currently writing his second book on leadership, oversees the Leadership Development Program at Buckhead Church and has consulted with a lengthy list of corporations including Ford Motor Co. and Chick-fil-A. We sat down with Young to hear more about the ideas driving his leadership philosophy.
What’s the concept behind your e-book “The Table of Influence?”
In pictures we always see important conversations happening around a table, like the Knights of the Round Table for example. In our modern day, we do the same thing. We invite people to meet for coffee or grab a bite to eat when we need to talk, and that’s the simple idea behind the book. It’s about asking yourself: What would it look like if I invited people around my metaphorical table to influence my life? The book helps people identify what kinds of people they need around their table in different moments. It answers the questions: How do you maximize their influence in your life, respect their time and come prepared? How do you invite the right voices in your life during each season?
Can you share what your new book is about?
It’s about the comeback effect, a concept that could be applied to a church leader or to a business. How do you get a customer or church attender to want to come back? [Check out the winter/spring 2017 issue of Connect Faith for more on this concept.]
Which factors are essential to good health for a team?
Key values are honesty, vulnerability, working hard and caring deeply for each other. I also value play, humor and giving permission to have space. A culture is healthy when people can have conflict but navigate through that without it becoming personal. We have to remain calm and consistent.