Archives For Leadership Development

medium_118272308This week in 5 for Leadership we have posts on living young, saying it a lot, avoiding selfish ambition, being an effective leader, and being a great leader. Take your pick, or choose them all.

The Two Qualities That Make Leaders Great  “Some leaders are humble. Others are driven. The great ones are both.” You have to read more of Dan Rockwell to understand the balance.

7 “Be’s” of Effective Leadership and Management  “One of the chief goals of this blog is to encourage better leadership. In this post, I’m including the term management. I believe the two are different functions, but both are vital to a healthy organization. Whether you lead or manage a large or small organization — or church — there are principles for being effective.” This is good and memorable list from Ron Edmondson.

Say It 7 Times  Gary Cohen shares 13 practices for getting your primary messages across to those you lead-you will have to say it seven times. But you can cary how you say it. This comes from the CO2 blog. Take a look.

12 Ways Selfish Ambition Damages A Leader’s Soul (and how to tell if it’s an issue for you)  “If you’re like me (and like most people), you find selfishness in other people to be a real turn off. But if we’re honest, very few of us are naturally self-less. Every day, I fight selfishness. If you’re driven and even a little bit ambitious like I am, you have to be doubly careful. Why? Because when selfishness and ambition move into the same room together the combination is deadly.” I highlighted Cary Nieuwhof last week–this week he is worth listing again.

How To Stay Youthful All The Way Home  This is from Pastor Joe McKeever, a 74 year old leader who is still going strong. His ten points on remaining youthful ring true from a life of authenticity. “It occurs to me that there is one article I can write which Rick Warren cannot (not yet anyway), which Thom Rainer is not ready to write, and which some people couldn’t come up with if their lives depended on it. How to be young in old age.”

There are the 5 for this week.

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small__4284694062Here is a new 5 for Leadership. There are posts this week on the Millennial Generation, leadership perseverance, leadership styles, the importance of leadership goals, and the necessity of forward thinking for a leader. I hope you find something that inspires you.

7 Elements of Leadership Style by Jim Collins  This is a guest post by Jess Millis on the Thin Difference web site. By the title you can tell that this is a summation of some Jim Collins principles on leadership. Jess does a nice job of succinctly providing us with seven practical insights.

7 Ways I Stay Forward Thinking As A Leader  ”One of the responsibilities of a leader is to be consistently looking forward for the organization. A leader has to continually be asking the question: What’s next?” This is from Ron Edmondson and highlights not only how to be forward thinking but how to stay fresh as a leader. Take a look!

On Leadership, Perseverance and Leading Through Failure  This is a post by Robert Cordray on the Linked2Leadership blog. Robert highlights three entrepreneurs who lead and succeeded through failure. “These visionaries may be remembered for their great successes, but there’s a lot to be learned from their greatest failures too.”

The Distrustful Generation  Much has been written of late about the Millennial Generation. Much has been made about some of the data concerning their social behavior. “But the most dire social problem is that Millennials don’t trust their neighbors. The deepest question our culture will be facing in the coming generation is not what to do about jobs or single parenthood, but whether we are still capable of loving our neighbors.” This according to Greg Forster of The Gospel Coalition. See what you think.

Seven Principles for Setting Goals That Work  “How do you make change happen? More than that, how do you make the right change happen? When there is a gap between what is and what you want to be, how do you cross that gap?” This is a guest post by Matt Perman on Michael Hyatt’s blog. This is a good read that will cause you to think about your leadership role and goals in a new way.

There are the 5 for this week.

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small_91637864This week in 5 for Leadership we have posts on old leaders, leadership seasons, the dark side of leadership, heart-centered leadership, and new paradigms in movement leadership.

The Dark Side of Leadership  “The idealized vision of leadership is often shattered once the dark side of burdensome responsibilities begin to emerge.” This is a very good guest post by Jerry Rankin, President Emeritus of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, on the blog of Judy Douglass. There are several thought provoking take aways here.

Why The Tide Has Shifted Toward Heart-Centered Leadership  This is a guest post by Susan Steinbrecher on Lisa Petrilli’s blog. Lisa closes the post with these words, “Are you leading purposefully from your heart? It’s a question worthy of deep reflection as the answer is critical to your future leadership success!” Has the time come for heart-centered leadership?

3 Examples of a Leader for a Season  “Please understand, this is not a post encouraging anyone to leave their position. It’s not a post that indicates I’m leaving mine. But, this is a post intended to help a leader who may be struggling, feeling it’s time to move on, but can’t bring themselves to make the hard decision.” This comes from Ron Edmondson and is worth of your time–especially if you feel like you are in that transition time.

Why Old Leaders Drive Young Leaders Crazy  “Old leaders think they know something today because they knew something yesterday. Knowledge closes their minds and limits their curiosity. Young leaders look down their noses at old leaders and think, “Stop being set in your ways. Fear controls you! Young leaders feel superior to old leaders because technology is easy for them. Old leaders devalue the power of passion and vigor out of envy and fear.” Dan Rockwell give us 12 tips worthy of any leader’s consideration.

The Crisis In Ukraine Shows Why Strategy Is No Longer A Game Of Chess  This final post is a fascinating commentary on the complicated situation in Ukraine. Greg Satell suggests that there has been a shift in the way movements and change take place–from strategy to networks. Take a look and see what you think.

There are the 5 for this week. Lead well!

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small__5780056202Here is a new 5 for Texas Spring Break! I hope it is warming up wherever you are. This week we have leadership thinking on the role of courage in vocation, insights from Karin Hurt on Seth Godin, decision making, and a report on the Bible in American Life. Enjoy.

Making Decisions Like Global Citizens  This video post comes from Linda Fisher Thornton, whom I have highlighted before. Here is how she introduces this two minute video, “Character is important, but leading ethically in the fullest sense requires much more than just demonstrating good character. In this 2 minute video, I describe 7 different perspectives that you may hear around the table as you discuss ethical dilemmas in your organization. Instead of being competing perspectives, each one is an important element of the full picture of what it means to lead ethically in a global society.”

Today’s Leaders: Compassion Without Courage  “Today’s leaders have come a long way from the autocratic, compassionless O’Shea’s of yesteryear. But too many leaders have miles to go to demonstrate the courage needed for today’s complex times.” This is a quote from the end of Chip Bell’s post. See his thought process in arriving at this conclusion.

My Saturday Afternoon With Seth Godin  “Real leaders light people up through genuine connection and intrapersonal inspiration.” Karin Hurt provides us with some rich insights that she has gleaned from Seth. Take a look.

Why Work Is Lonely  “I have a name for this cocktail of deference, conformity and passive aggression that chokes people and teams. I call it violent politeness.? Did that quote get your attention? You have to read more to get the rest of the story.

Report: The Bible In American Life  “Surveys have found that nearly eight  in ten Americans regard the Bible as either the literal word of God or as inspired by God. At the same time, other surveys have revealed—and recent books have analyzed—surprising gaps in Americans’ biblical literacy. These discrepancies reveal American Christians’ complex relationship to their scripture, a subject that is widely acknowledged but rarely investigated. To understand that paradox, the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture conducted the first large-scale investigation of the Bible in American life.” These metrics are worth your consideration.

There are the 5 for this week. Are you getting your bracket hat on????


small__6824390776Here is a new 5 for the 1st of March. This week we have posts about leadership character, leadership lemonade, leadership social skills, leadership roles and Christian leadership. There are some powerful and thought provoking posts this week-so take some time to look at more than one.

The Reflex of Character  “The foundation of effective leadership is character. Nothing else has more impact. Nothing else has greater reach. And nothing else can make up for its lack—not education, experience, talent, or contacts.” Michael Hyatt reflects on the Chardon High shooting incident that happened two years ago–and makes a great point on the being and doing of a leader. If you missed the 60 Minutes piece, then this is a must see video too.

Ranking the 9 toughest Leadership Roles  “While spending a quarter-century dabbling across the worlds of education, business, media, politics, religion and nonprofits, it gradually became clear to me that leaders who flourish in one realm may fizzle or even fail spectacularly in another one. So which roles require the greatest skill and impose the greatest burdens? Here’s one educated guess, along with some pros and cons for each gig.” This post is written by Rob Asghar by way of Forbes. See if your leadership role is on the list.

One Social Skill to Be a Great Leader  “Feeling a belonging, an acceptance, a validation drives self-esteem, contribution, and motivation. It’s the feeling that what you do and who you are matters. By developing this social skill of leadership, you don’t develop people, but help people develop themselves.” This post by Joshua Uebergang on the Lead Change Group blog lays out the value of unconditional love and acceptance for those you lead.

Life & Leadership Lessons From a Lemonade Stand  “More importantly, she had taught everyone that leadership isn’t something you wait to be thrust upon you. It’s something you activate within yourself–seizing the initiative and adding value to your surroundings one selfless act at a time.” You need to read the rest of the story embedded in this post. You will be blessed and your leadership will be enhanced.

Pascal’s Method for Presenting the Christian Faith  Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true. The cure for this is first to show that religion is not contrary to reason, but worthy of reverence and respect. Next make it attractive, make good men wish it were true, and then show that it is. These are the words of Blaise Pascal. Tim Keller unpacks these thoughtful words for us in a way that will help all followers of Christ be better carries of His message.

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5 for Leadership (2/22/14)

February 22, 2014 — 4 Comments

small_101655312Here are five new posts from the blogging world this past week on the topic of leadership. I hope you find something that will be informing and challenging for you.

The Leadership Life Cycle  “Leadership has a life cycle. There is a time when a leader is ‘born,’ a time when he or she grows, matures, and finally reaches legacy. A leader can also die.” Jeff Orr shares some valuable insights that can inform any leader towards a lasting legacy phase.

How Support Raising Keeps Para-church Ministries White  “The personal support raising model used by para-church ministries and mission agencies around the world raises more money for ministry than ever before. But, despite this apparent success, the model is deeply flawed.” Do you agree? Read the post in its entirety and see how your perspective is informed.

The Trouble With Servant Leaders  “Servant leaders have such compassion for others, that often they have little left for themselves.  They forgive others when they struggle, but don’t offer themselves that same latitude.” Karin Hurt provides some very needed perspective and prescriptions. This is a must read.

25 Timeless Leadership Lessons That Just Plain Work  This comes from Terry Starbucker. This is actually week 3 of a five week series for Terry. All 25 topics are listed, and many have been written. This offering will get you warmed up for the rest.

More Young and Foolish Leaders Please   ”Is the pastor of your church a young foolish leader? Does that frustrate you? Maybe you are older. Maybe you are wiser. Does that make you secretly despise young foolish leaders? People who really think they can face any problem and keep advancing forward?” Read on.

There are the 5 for this week. Read, be refreshed, learn.

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images-2Here is a new 5 for the final week of January. We take a look at self leadership, an interview with Mark Driscoll, the advantage of religion, some necessary leadership skills for the the 21st century, and the importance of personal responsibility.

“Lover or Prostitute?”  David Ryser writes an intriguing and challenging perspective on the Church in America today. This is an important post for every spiritual leader.

The Mirror Test  ”If you want to be successful leader, you have to take 100% responsibility for everything that happens in your life.” Tal Shnall provides a solid perspective on self leadership and the necessity of personal change.

Leadership Caffeine: Nine Key Skills Demanded By Our Times   “Regardless of perspective there are some critical core skills required to lead successfully in this environment.” Art Petty gives us some foundational thinking about necessary skills for the 21st century.

Residents of Poor Countries Have A Great Advantage: Religion  “An analysis of polling data from 132 nations shows that religious belief appears to be the main reason why people in poor countries see greater meaning in life than residents of wealthy countries . . .” This is a very brief post from the HBR Blog that demonstrates the important role of religious belief.

The Survivor  This is an interview with Mark Driscoll by Christianity Today. “Mark Driscoll has a knack for drawing crowds—and dividing them. The brash pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle has more than his share of fans and critics. But we weren’t interested in his latest controversy or faux pas. Leadership Journal’s Drew Dyck talked to Driscoll about coping with busyness and burnout. What emerged was a picture of an introverted family man with a blue-collar work ethic and a heart for the local church.”

There are the 5 for this week. This edition of 5 for Leadership is a day early, as tomorrow I will post my Top 5 Posts for January. So return tomorrow and take a look at what readers enjoyed most for this first month of 2014.


5 for Leadership (1/25/14)

January 25, 2014 — 2 Comments

small__410698265Here is a fresh 5 for the final week in January. This week there are posts on discouragement, caring through listening, leadership burnout, leadership thinking, and earned leadership. I hope you find something meaningful to you.

Ten Radical Shifts in Thinking That All Leaders Face  This one comes from Dan Rockwell. “Leaders fail when they don’t think like leaders. Leaders who think like individual contributors demoralize their team and devalue their leadership. Lousy leaders think like individual contributors.” Check out Dan’s 10 shifts.

7 Warning Signs That A Leader Is About To Crash  ”I’ve learned there are some common indicators that a leader is heading towards burnout. The sooner we can recognize them, the sooner we know to reach out for help.” Ron Edmondson provides a good seven view lens for spotting and helping troubled leaders.

Listening Enough Is Caring Enough: 11 Gentle Reminders  ”We are living in a world of attention deficit where no one has the time to listen. From what I have observed, organizations suffer from a listening crisis. Everyone has the answers and everybody wants to tell their story. No one is patient enough to sit back, ask questions and then really listen.” Tanmay Vora gives us eleven good principles for listening strength.

Leadership Has To Be Earned  This comes from Lolly Daskal. “Everyone has the potential to be a leader, regardless of title or position. But many people give themselves the title of leader, and expect others to think of them as a leader without actually understanding the meaning of leadership.” Lolly shares five important aspects of leadership that matter.

How To Handle Discouragement In Ministry  “In a new roundtable video, Darrin Patrick, Paul Tripp, and Voddie Baucham explore reasons and remedies for pastoral discouragement. ‘I get most discouraged when I’ve had unmet, unrealistic expectations of myself or others,’ Baucham observes. The hard-to-swallow truth in such moments is he’s typically thinking too much of himself.”

There are the 5 for another week. One week until the Super Bowl.

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5 for Leadership (1/18/14)

January 18, 2014 — 1 Comment

small_101655312Here is a new 5 for Leadership. This week there are posts on vocation, poverty, leadership roadblocks, leadership bias, and preventing ethical failures. Take a few minutes and share the learning.

Understanding and Preventing Ethical Leadership Failures  “Ethical leadership failures can be caused by different types of problems that may compound. Some of these problems are individual and others may be embedded in the organizational culture.” Linda Fisher Thornton does a good job at highlighting individual factors, corporate factors, and compounding factors towards ethical failure. She also provides some links to other helpful posts on this topic. Worth the read.

3 Ways To Avoid Leadership Roadblocks  “As a leader are you at a point where you need to make a change because you feel stuck? Do you feel like you are just spinning your wheels and not making the progress you want?” Beth Miller walks through some very practical steps to help anyone assess their current setting and better determine if it is time to make a change.

Take The Bias Out Of Strategy Decisions  This comes from the HBR Blog. “Good leaders don’t let their emotional bonds cloud their judgment. Sound strategy requires objectivity. What can executives do to remain objective, when it comes to strategic choices: what businesses to enter, what to focus on and invest in, when to pull the plug and abandon a previous course of action?” There is some great advice here on remaining objective in making key decisions.

Toward An Old Meaning of Vocation  This comes from Bethany Jenkins in the Gospel Coalition Blog. “Instead of thinking narrowly about our vocation as career or title or role, we should think more comprehensively, as “a steady and unique arterial pulse that gives shape to all different kinds of encounters.” It also contains an 18 minute video that is quite good for a more grounded perspective.

9 Things You Should Know About Poverty in America  This is a part of Joe Carter’s “9Things You Should Know . . . ” series. He always highlights some interesting cultural facts that might help shape your leadership thinking. This particular topic is one that all spiritual leaders should stop and consider.

There are the 5 for this week. I hope you find something that enlivens your leadership.

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small__5780056202Here is a new 5 for this second full week of the new year. There are posts on future challenges, wise and foolish leaders, fresh networking ideas, wisdom from Jonathan Edwards, and some strong perspectives on vision. Enjoy.

The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards  “If there is one man who is more qualified than anyone else to speak on “resolutions,” that would be Jonathan Edwards. Heralded as America’s greatest theologian, I came across his amazing story on resolutions.” Paul Sohn provides some grounded principles for leadership learning from Jonathan Edwards.

Effective Networking: 6 Secrets Your Kids Know  “The truth is most kids make friends more easily than grown-ups.  We start being open to new connections and grow ourselves out of it. Kids can teach us a lot about networking. Try working a few of these approaches into your networking.” Karin Hurt gives us six practical principles towards this important endeavor.

On Leadership Challenges of the 21st Century  “One of the basic and fundamental challenges facing any thought leader in the area of leadership and leadership development is to correctly read the landscape in which their influence will be played out in the coming years.” Shim Marom helps us look ahead in the areas of future leadership challenges, future leadership wisdom, leadership self development, and leadership horizons.

Distinguishing The Wise From The Foolish  “The most talented fool in the world only brings misery and destruction. Business is more than numbers and results. Leaders go astray when they neglect character at the expense of abilities.” Dan Rockwell helps us make this important distinction in ourselves and others.

The Value of Vision Series  This comes by way of Jesse Lyn Stoner. She shares Ken Blanchard’s six compelling issues surrounding a compelling vision for our nation. This is worth the read both for personal leadership development and for thinking different about America.

There are the 5 for this week.

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