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Top 10 for 2013

small_2482826832013 has been a good year. It has been a year of learning and growth. This season of life has been a challenge to adapt to some new styles of leadership. I am grateful for all those who have walked beside me in this season and have shown patience. I am hopeful for 2014 and the opportunity to keep growing as a leader. I trust you are motivated to keep learning too.

Here are my ten most popular posts from 2013. Thanks so much for your contributions to this blog and adding so well to the leadership conversation.

Delegation vs Empowerment  “To delegate means to choose or elect a person to act as a representative for another. To empower someone means to give power or authority to someone else. Do you hear the difference?”

3 Types of Leadership Decisions  “Sometimes leaders look at decision making like a game of rock, paper, scissors. We use the same approach in every situation and we leave it up to chance. But there is a way to think through the type of decision that should be made for the best possible result.”

Howard Hendricks on Leadership  We lost a great Christian statesman this past year. Here are just a few of his thoughts on the art and science of leadership.

21st Century Leadership: 7 Questions for Evaluation  “Here are seven sets of questions to help you in determining if you are adapting to 21st century leadership.”

Creating a Leadership Culture on Purpose  “I often hear organizational leaders talk about the need “to create a leadership culture.” That statement always strikes me as a curious one. Every organization has a leadership culture. The question is not whether you have one, it is what type of leadership culture do you have?”

Keeping a Leadership Journal  “Whenever I can, I encourage leaders to maintain a leadership journal.  While I lived and led in Italy, I served as director of leadership development for our organization. One of my first budgetary actions was to buy a leather journal for every leader within our organization. I exhorted them to keep it near them so that they could record leadership gems whenever they came upon them.”

9 Questions to Help You in Leading Yourself  “We have to pay attention to ourselves to be better leaders. This exercise is only meant to get you started-but don’t wait, begin!”

3 Marks of Leadership of Maturity  “What does mature leadership look like? How is it experienced? What are it’s marks? There are three aspects which demonstrate a move from immature to mature leadership.”

Self Evaluation in Leadership  “Self leadership is a critical component for all leaders. True leadership greatness in the Kingdom of God is a journey towards humility. This requires some key disciplines to know how we are doing on the journey and where we can make progress.”

Practical Tips on Delegation & Empowerment  “Quality empowerment results in the making of a leader. See my prior post for some of the particulars in discerning between the these two leadership functions. For this post I want to focus on practical ideas in actually delegating to or empowering someone.”

Here’s to a blessed and profitable 2014. Lead well.

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My Top Posts for February

UnknownHere are my five most popular posts for this past month.

Keeping A Leadership Journal  Leaders need to record and monitor their leadership lives. They need to be self aware and lifetime learners. A leadership journal will help you get there.

Hendricks on Leadership This past month we lost a great Christian statesman in Howard Hendricks. He was a gentle, but powerful leader. Here are a few of his quotes to encourage you.

Delegation vs Empowerment This is always one of my most popular posts, which shows the importance of this topic. If we want to raise up more leaders for the future, this topic is critical.

A Leader’s Need: Ever Increasing Self Awareness If leaders are to remain effective and have a chance of finishing well, this topic is crucial.

Five for Leadership (2/9/13) This series is fun for me to compile and always receives a lot of comments. This five from the past month was the favorite. Take a look.

There are the top post for February. Enjoy for the first time, take a look at something again, or pass them on.

Howard Hendricks on Leadership

UnknownHoward Hendricks passed away in 2013 at the age of 88. He was a distinguished professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and a trusted statesman for the Christian faith. I first heard him preach when I was still new staff with Cru. I attended a conference where he was one of the keynote speakers. I had never heard anyone teach the Bible with such clarity and conviction. Over the years I heard Dr. Hendricks speak many more times and, on occasion, was privileged to be in his presence. I devoured many of his books and audio messages. Make no mistake, Hendricks was a first-rate leader. The best way you can tell is by the number of Christian leaders he produced. In 1986, The Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement was named after Howard G. Hendricks. This is a token to the legacy he left behind of spiritual leaders. There are many today who are mourning his loss, but who are also leading from his foundation.

Below are a number of quotes from Dr. Hendricks that, in one way or another, all relate to leadership.

If you want them to bleed, you have to hemorrhage.

There are many things I can do, but I have to narrow it down to the one thing I must do. The secret to concentration is elimination. 

Pray long in private, short in public.

Nothing is more common than unfulfilled potential. 

The effective teacher always teaches from the overflow of a full life. You cannot impart what you don’t possess. If you stop growing today, you stop teaching tomorrow.

Leaders are readers and readers are leaders.

You can impress people from a distance but you can impact them only up close.

The greatest crisis in America is a crisis of leadership and the greatest crisis of leadership is a crisis of character.

Our society’s penchant for creating celebrities has diluted the true worth of leadership with a facade of fame . . .

Dusty Bibles always lead to dirty lives.

Your destiny is determined by the books that you read and the people that you meet.

For an outstanding resource check out The Dynamics of Leadership on DVD by Dr. Hendricks.