5 for Leadership (8/31/12)

imagesHere are 5 for the last week in August, 2012.  The first three posts are all from the Harvard Business Review blog.  As you probably already know, there is always a wealth of resources on this notable site.  The other two this week come from two different Christian blog sites that offer some relevant thinking on spiritual leadership.  Click and see!

Every Leader is an Artist  This opening post comes from the HBR Blog Network and is written by Michael O’Malley.  In it, O’Malley suggests 12 artistic criteria for assessing good leadership.  The premise of this post is stated thusly, “Leadership and art both animate social encounters.  The can change our lives in ways that are as invigorating and real as being hit by wave.”  Take a look at the 12 criteria and consider the implications.  This is an excellent post.

What Makes Work Worth Doing?  This also comes from the HBR Blog Network.  With Labor Day weekend upon us it is appropriate that we consider the worth of our work-especially to those we lead.  This short post by Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer will help you think as a leader about the value of helping those you lead see their contribution as meaningful.

Take Ownership of Your Actions by Taking Responsibility  This post is from John Coleman and is the 3rd one that I have linked to the HBR BLog Network.  John offers three necessary steps in taking healthy responsibility toward getting unstuck or avoiding the blame game when it comes to problems.  He takes particular aim at younger leaders of the MIllennial generation with this topic, but his principles are valid no matter your age.

The Myth of Christian Leadership  This post is from Frank Viola and hails back to July of this year.  It is a provocative post that is meant to challenge your thinking on the laity/cleric divide within church.  He argues for every person a leader and every leader a person-taking away the laity/cleric divide.  Viola goes on to provide a list of 10 things to consider on this topic of the myth.

Leaders, Individualism, and Community  My final post for this week comes from Patty Tillman on the Christ Centered Leaders Blog.  This post will stir your thinking in how leadership engages with the reality of people-messy people.  What should be our posture?  What are the results if we engage in the right way?  Take a look at some of the other posts on this blog-I think you will find it a good resource for spiritual leadership.

There are the five for this week.  I hope you have a great Labor Day Weekend!  Lead well!

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