Our Distinctive

“Above the Line Leadership© is a disciplined approach to decision-making that ensures mission advancement.”

– Steve Logan, Founder of Mappings

Above the Line Leadership©
is unique to Mappings

5 Essential Elements to Every Individual and Organization

4 Above the Line and 1 Below the Line

Above the Line© Elements

  • Purpose

    Why are we doing this?
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  • Perspective

    Why is this important?
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  • Priorities

    What will we accept as evidence that we are accomplishing our purpose?
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  • Personality

    How will we behave?
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Below the Line© Element


The Relational Dynamic of these Elements

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The importance of
Leading Above the Line©.

We suggest executive leaders spend the vast majority of their energy working “Above the Line”. Over the years, MAPPINGS has observed a strong correlation between leadership teams that give significant consideration to “Above the Line” essentials and organizations that bring consistent, positive, life-giving, missional impact.
Conversely, MAPPINGS has observed how leadership teams that give little consideration to “Above the Line” essentials tend to become the most frustrated (and the most frustrating), resulting in high turnover of staff and volunteers, never-ending destructive conflict, mission drift, and minimal, positive impact.
For the sake of mission advancement:

Above the Line Leadership© encourages mission-minded individuals to sufficiently consider 4 (Above the Line) dynamics prior to making any (Below the line) decisions.

Above the Line©

Above the Line©

  • Mission Advancement
  • Life-giving Leadership
  • Provisions Rooted in Core Beliefs
  • Clearly Defined Outcomes
  • Motion with Movement
  • Redemptive Conflict
  • Mission Drift
  • Frustrated Team Members
  • Provisions Borrowed from Others
  • Foggy Outcomes
  • Motion without Movement
  • Destructive Conflict