Archives For Leadership Development

small__10694381816This week in 5 for Leadership there are posts on leadership communication, teams, servant leadership, ineffective leadership . . . and a post remembering one of the influential writers on leadership of our time. So grab a cup of your favorite coffee and grow your leadership.

Stop Needing To Be Liked . . . Five Lessons In Becoming A Servant Leader  “Here are five lessons I’ve learned about how to fully and richly embrace the mentality of becoming a servant leader.” This is an insightful article in Christianity Today written by John Dunnett.

James MacGregor Burns, Scholar of Presidents and Leadership, Dies at 95  “James MacGregor Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and political scientist who wrote voluminously about the nature of leadership in general and the presidency in particular, died on Tuesday at his home in Williamstown, Mass. He was 95.”

7 Levels of Leadership Communication  “Effective leadership and effective communication are intimately connected. I often tell students, ‘Although you can be an effective communicator without being an effective leader, effective communication is foundational to effective leadership.’” This is a great post from my friend Justin Irving. He has launched a new blog on leadership that will be worth following–called Purpose In Leadership. Take a look at some of his other posts after reading this one.

7 Non-Negotiable Values For Teams I Lead  “Leader, what do you look for when you bring a person on to your team? What expectations do you have for people who serve on your team? I think it’s important to know yourself well enough that you understand the qualities in people with whom you work best.” This is another worthy read from Ron Edmondson.

7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People  “My sons and I like to have fun and talk goofy at times, as anyone knows who has heard me answer my phone when one of them calls. We talk about serious issues too, like leadership, ethics, business, coaching, God, and we can philosophize at length. A couple of nights ago, my son, who I call ‘The Colonel’, called. He is reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.  After listening to him enthusiastically share what he has been learning from the book, we decided it would be fun to flip things a bit and talk about the opposites . . .” This final post is also from a friend and colleague, Steve Morgan. Steve’s blog, Leader Impact, is also a go to read on all things leadership. Linger on his site and read some other quality posts.

There are the 5 for this week.

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small__5333201756Here is a brand new 5 for the middle of July. We have fresh posts on difficult leadership conversations, the need for leaders to feel uncomfortable, happy leaders, the World Cup, and the top 33 leaders of the emerging generation. Enjoy!

33 Under 33 Who Are Shaping The Next Generation Of Our Faith  “When I discovered Christianity Today released its “33 Under 33 List,” I was compelled to study these promising leaders who are shaping the next generation of our faith. All of them are born after 1980, all on Twitter, and come from the most racially diverse generation in the American history. 4 out of 10 U.S. Millennials are non-white. Here’s 33 ordinary people with an extraordinary purpose.” See what else Paul Sohn has to say about this extraordinary group of people.

6 Reasons Why Leaders Need To Feel Uncomfortable  “After reading a couple of recent blog posts from Harvard Business Review and You Brand, Inc., it is becoming clearer that leaders must work at being uncomfortable in order to not only succeed but also lead the way for growth in the coming years.” This comes from Paul LaRue and The Upwards Leader blog. Take a look at some of Paul’s other posts. 

10 Things Happy Leaders Do Differently  “Examining happy leaders, I’ve come to the conclusion leaders who are happy do things differently. They make different choices. They lead different lives.” Joseph LaLonde is a new blogger for me, but this Michigander has some quality posts. Take a look.

How To Start A Conversation You’re Dreading  “I anticipated that the conversation would be difficult. Shari* and I had worked together for many years, and I knew she was expecting me to hire her to run a leadership program for one of my clients, Ganta, a high-tech company. But I didn’t think Shari was the right fit for Ganta or, frankly, for the role of running the leadership training. In fact, I had become increasingly critical of her recent performance, though I hadn’t mentioned anything to her about it yet.” Peter Bregman helps us deal with the difficult conversation–from the HBR blog.

Germany 7-Brazil 1  This comes from Mark Miller on the Great Leaders Serve blog. Did anyone not know about this historic loss in the World Cup? See how Mark derives some solid leadership principles from this event.

There are the 5 for this week. I know I could have included something on Lebron–you are probably glad I chose not to. Lead well!

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small__5454974317Here is new 5 for the official 1st week of summer. There is a theme to the five posts offered–all deal in some way with the notion of leadership fear. Living and leading out of fear can be a crippler. Consider these various perspectives on the potential of leadership fear.

3 Strategies For Overcoming Fear As A Leader  “Fear. Every leader faces it, and must make a decision on what he will do when faced with any number of fears. Fear is a natural reaction to something new, different, or from change that is occurring in an area of our life.” See what else Will Ratliff has to say about the path to overcoming leadership fear.

5 Irrational Fears That Keep Us From Moving Forward  “If you are a human being (which means all alien beings can stop reading now) then you are going to experience fear. Fear is emotion – raw, unfiltered anxiety that has evolved over time to protect us from the painful and maybe fatal situations we encounter.” Tim Milburn takes our common fears head on and gives perspective. 

The Journey Of An Idea  “Ideas are funny things, and everyone seems to have some sort of idea about ideas.” Leadership ideas are many, some important that change the word, and others, not so much. Sometimes leaders fear having new ideas because we don’t know what will become of them. Chris Brady does a good job of helping us see the anatomy and journey of ideation.

3 Subconscious But Deadly Reasons Most Leaders Have Few Friends  Leaders could, and should, fear isolation. “You’ve heard it. Probably said it. It’s lonely at the top. It’s an experience many leaders have felt, including me in seasons. Why is that? Well, leadership can be confusing.” Carey Nieuwhof provides some good perspective and helpful solutions to having friends.

When Faith Meets The Marketplace: Women Working In Business And Technology  Do you ever fear matching your faith to the marketplace? What about as a woman? Here are five women who share their answers to the following three questions: (1) What do you do every day? (2) How do you feel about what you do? (3) When have you found your work particularly meaningful? Throughout the month of June the Gospel Coalition will be highlighting 25 different women’s responses to the above questions. Take a look at these five. 

What thoughts do you have on fear in the life of a leader?

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small_101655312Here is new 5 for this week in June. We have posts on helping your team focus, healthy delegation, effective leadership, leadership reading–and a post focused on Farther’s Day. Enjoy!

7 Daily Rituals of Highly Effective Leaders  “You can learn everything you need to learn in order to achieve anything, but you can never change your leadership until you change your rituals.” See what Lolly Daskal has to say regarding these important suggested rituals. 

The Top 20 Leadership Books for a New Manager   Eric Jacobson provides us with a great list of books for any leader, new or seasoned.

5 Necessary Ingredients for Healthy Delegation  My most popular post since the inception of my blog has been on the topic of delegation. This is a critical topic for getting work done and for raising up more leaders. Ron Edmondson adds to the conversation with this insightful post.

Helping Your Team Prioritize When Everything Is important  “Prioritizing and balancing competing priorities are essential elements of the leadership dance. Knowing what to move to the top of the list when, and how to keep the other plates spinning at the same time takes practice. Help your team recognize the common traps that are sabotaging their ability to prioritize well.” Karin Hurt gives us some creative categories for team members and how to help them.

When Father’s Day Hurts  This final post is not so much about leadership directly–or is it? Heather Nelson takes on a personal journey in dealing with this all important influence in all of our lives. Fathers matter and they shape our influence. Since the day we celebrate our dads is this Sunday, it seemed appropriate to offer this well written post.

There are the 5 for this week. Lead well–and if you are a dad, celebrate well!

small__7181077141This week we have topics ranging from leadership character to bad leadership decisions, from mentoring to being productive every day, and end on concepts of leadership success. I hope you enjoy this version of 5 for Leadership.

6 Subtle Things Highly Productive People Do Every Day  “Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done? Know how many days a week you’re actually productive? About three.” See what else Eric Barker as to say about how to be productive.

10 Things Young Leaders Need To Succeed  “The Success of young leaders is the future of organizations. Old leaders, who cling to leadership, limit their legacy.” Dan Rockwell provides us with some great insights on this topic. Take a look.

7 Hints You’re About To Make A Bad Leadership Decision  “I’ve made many bad decisions in my leadership. Thankfully, the longer I lead, the more I develop warning signs I’m about to make another. I think these may apply to all leaders.” Ron Edmondson shares from his own experience. 

A Simple And Revealing Character Test Every Leader Should Try  “So how are you really doing when it comes to your character development? It can be a bit difficult to tell, can’t it? Character, like so many things, seems hard to measure. It would be great if you could get a simple reading like you would for your cholesterol or blood pressure. Then you’d know.” Carey Nieuwhof give us a good way to know where we stand when it comes to a character checkup.

The Mentoring Leader  “Mentoring is a really important component of leadership. So if someone is in charge of a group of volunteers, mentoring or developing them would be one function of leading them.” Nancy Ortberg shares a lot of wisdom in this interview about church leaders training volunteers. 

There are the 5 for this week. If you find something you like, share it with someone else.

small__176461247Here are 5 new posts on leadership. I am highlighting some new authors for me this week. Take a look and see if something scratches your itch.

10 Characteristics Of High Performing Teams  There are many paradigms available to provide a framework for high functioning teams. Our organization uses one that has a 6 fold approach. This list comes by way of a book by Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese entitled The Collaboration Imperative. Fresh paradigms keep our thinking and learning fresh.

Every Speaker Should Remember The Cynthia Test  There is always a premium on communication for every good leader. Here is a post that provides a simple test for the effectiveness of your leadership communication.

3 Invaluable Lessons One Business Leader Could Only Learn From A Church Plant  This is a guest post on Carey Nieuwhof’s blog by Chris Lema. “Over the course of the last twenty years I’ve helped start five software startups and five church plants. In each I’ve held executive level positions – paid in the software world and voluntarily in the church world.” Read what Chris has learned.

Leadership On Tap  This comes from Artie Davis. “The vision and the passion we communicate with those we lead is often just tapping.” See what Artie is talking about.

5 Successful Components of a Successful Leadership Equation  This final post comes from Geoff Surratt. Here is his driving question for this post, “What if we could find a simple but elegant theory of organizational leadership?” Geoff takes a solid shot at answering his own question–see what you think.

There are the 5 for this final day in May. Here’s to a great June!

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small_101655312Here is a new 5 for early May. We have posts on Dog Trainer Leadership, First Chair Leadership, Kingly Leadership, Untrustworthy Leadership, and Event Leadership. Find something just for you.

How To Maximize Your Learning At Events  “As a leader, you probably find yourself attending many meetings, conferences, retreats, and networking events. These external connections serve a crucial function in your role as a spokesperson — and learner — on behalf of your organization.” Take a look at 5 questions that will help you maximize your events.

King Me  “Playing checkers as a child, the phrase “king me!” had a certain ring to it.  Other than the obvious potential for winning, there was a certain satisfaction in getting to that point in the game, some little pleasure in that one-up move.” Andrea Buczynski shares some rich leadership insights from Deuteronomy 17:14-20.

7 Considerations of Whether You’re Ready to be a First Chair Leader  Ron Edmondson provides some great insights about when to know you are ready–for greater leadership.

20 Habits of Untrustworthy Leaders  “It takes more than good character to be a trustworthy leader. Don’t trust leaders who can’t get the job done, even if they are wonderful people. An incompetent leader – who tells the truth – is an untrustworthy leader.” Read more from Dan Rockwell.

What My Dog Trainer Reminded Me About Leadership Michael Hyatt does a masterful job of relating a normal experience with daily leadership. Take a look at his three suggested actions.

There are the 5 for this week. Don’t forget to honor your mother this Sunday!

small_32887756We are going Old School in this edition of 5 for Leadership. Every post will be from the past few years, but chosen because of the fundamental truths being shared. Take a look back and see what you can apply at a principle level today.

It’s Not the CEO, It’s the Leadership Strategy That Matters  Let’s face it.  CEOs come and go. But leadership, if developed in a comprehensive way, endures.” Josh Bersin shares four critical principles towards how a well developed leadership culture can sustain any leadership change.

What Makes a Leader?  This is a classic article by Daniel Goleman. “IQ and technical skills are important, but emotional intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership.”

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day  “If you are looking to advance your career into a leadership capacity and / or already assume leadership responsibilities – here are 15 things you must do automatically, every day, to be a successful leader in the workplace.” This comes from Glenn Llopis by way of Forbes.

What Makes Leadership Christian?  Robert Ratcliff cuts through all of the Christian leadership language and suggests three clear principles for what marks Christian leadership.

Seven Building Blocks for Leaders  This final post comes by way of Charles Swindoll. “I can’t think of a better model of leadership than Nehemiah. I once sat down and looked over Nehemiah’s shoulder for a couple of hours, reviewing the things this ancient Jewish leader recorded while rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. As I read, it dawned on me that his journal is a storehouse of leadership insights.”

There are the 5 posts for this week. I hope looking back will help you to look ahead with confidence and faith.

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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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