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Top 10 Posts for 2014

medium_96228072Here are the 10 posts that you made the most popular during 2014. Thank you for helping to make this past year such a success for me and The Leadership Crossing blog. Lead purposefully and effectively into 2015.

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?”

Winston Churchill on Leadership  “Winston Churchill was certainly one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century. But it was not without trial nor failure. His leadership character was forged in the crucible of suffering and fatigue.”

3 Types of Leadership Decisions  “This is the 2nd post on the topic of leadership decisions. In the first one I discussed the nature of leadership decisions and offered some diagnostic questions to help you in thinking through every leadership decision you make. In this post we will look at three types of leadership decisions.”

3 Marks of Leadership Maturity  “One aspect of leadership I have been pondering is how Christ-centered leadership matures. As I have looked back over my own leadership life it is clear that there have been seasons marked by immature leadership–leadership that was more focused on self than on Christ and others.”

4 Critical Questions for Strategic Planning  ““Strategic planning” has become buzz terminology in the past ten plus years. There are several varieties of strategic planning approaches. All are designed to help teams and organizations focus on the most critical aspects of reaching a desirable future.”

Monty’s List of 7 Necessary Leadership Qualities  “Taken from his Memoirs, here is a list of what Monty believed to be seven necessary qualities for a military leader. I would suggest they would stand well for any leader, and certainly spiritual leaders who realize they are ultimately in a spiritual battle.”

A Leader’s Prayer-Judges 5  “The period of the Judges in the Bible was a tumultuous one. During this time, Israel as a nation entered into cycles of sin that constantly required a deliverer  in the form of a judge.”

Courage and the Next Leader  “In this case Joshua is succeeding an icon in the man Moses. Yet it was Joshua’s task to take this million plus people  across the Jordan River and into Canaan. Four times in eighteen verses Joshua is exhorted to be courageous. You would need a healthy dose of courage too if you were leading over a million people into a hostile land.”

Finishing Well  “Recently, I was part of an energizing time of leader development with all of the staff of our church here in Austin. While I was upfront making a brief presentation on the framework that we would be using for development, a critical question was asked by one of the participants. I had made the comment that I think it is difficult to finish well as a spiritual leader. The question was asked, “How does one finish well?”’

The Principle of Focus  The key to complexity is not simplicity, but focus. “I have often made that statement about leadership and stand by it.  I usually preface that statement with the idea that if you are not dealing with some level of complexity then you are not really leading anything of significance.”

5 for Leadership (6/28/14)

small__176461247Here is the latest 5 for Leadership. We have posts on leadership questions, leadership decisions, leadership trust, leadership lessons from WWI and the need for leaders to listen. Take a few minutes and see if there is something here for you.

Why Making Decisions Is So Hard  “Making decisions is one of the most difficult things we do.  If it is that hard to choose between the mint chocolate chip and the rocky road, how much more do we agonize over this church or that church, this school or that school, this job or that job, this person or that person?” Tim Challies provides some excellent insight into this common challenge. 

3 Ways To Tell Who You Can Trust In Leadership  “So who can you trust…I mean really trust in leadership? You’ve trusted people you thought you could trust, only to be disappointed or get burned (sometimes badly). You’ve decided not to trust someone, only to realize you were wrong and he or she was completely trustworthy, and you missed a great opportunity to grow your team.” Carey Nieuwhof gives us three solid principles on picking your next leader.

Questions That Make A Difference  This is a guest post by Lolly Daskal on Bib Tiede’s blog. This is an excellent post for any leader of any stripe, and you need to snoop around Bob’s web site. It is filled with quality material on the importance and skill of asking great questions.

The Outbreak of the First World War-Lessons for Leaders Today  Here is a eight and half minute video from Jon Chapman on leadership insights from WWI. This is in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of this oft forgotten conflict. This is a lesson in looking forward by looking back.

Leaders Listen  ” . . . I’m starting to consider that every Christian women’s conference is every Christian man’s business. The incarnation would have it no other way. Too long, we’ve mistakenly billed women’s issues as the concerns of women alone—when pastors and husbands, if they want to lead well, must lean attentively into the conversations women are having.” See what else Jen Pollock Michel has to say on this important topic.

There are the 5 for this week. I hope you celebrate well this week!

5 for Leadership (6/7/14)

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.

5 for Leadership (3/8/14)

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????

 

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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Top Posts for November

imagesHere are the five most popular posts for this past month. Take a look for the first time, or again.

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.”

What To Look For In The Next Leader  “This past year I was a part of a leadership development venue for 16 national level leaders. During a Q&A time with our North American Director he was asked what he looks for in a future leader. He quickly provided us with this list of four key traits.”

Humility in Service  “A critical character trait in the life of a leader is humility. I actually believe that pride can lead to great fear and humility can lead to exceptional boldness.” Take a look at this Puritan prayer for a great picture of what I mean.

Underhanded Leadership  “Beware of underhanded leaders below you. Even more, beware of becoming an underhanded leader who diminishes, exaggerates, and subverts the authority of others.”

There are the five posts that you have help to make the most popular ones for November. Thanks so much for visiting this blog. I hope that it has been some benefit to you and your leadership.

My Top Posts for October

UnknownHere the five most popular posts from my blog for this past month!

Delegation vs Empowerment  This is always in the top five. “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.”

3 Leadership Derailers  “What ultimately can cause a leader to fail?  What causes a leader to make bad decisions, personally and in the mission?  What most hinders a leader in their relationships with those they lead and with those they seek to influence?”

Why Do You Get Stuck?  “Gary Collins, in his excellent book Christian Coaching, list seven possible reasons individuals and organizations can become stuck. Here they are with a brief explanation.”

Hiring On A White Paper Bag  Where does creativity show up in your leadership? Take a lesson from Amy’s Ice Creams.

There are the top 5! Read them again or for the first time.

 

5 for Leadership (10/12/13)

images-2Here is a new 5 for Leadership! Take a look and see if there is something for you.

Leading With Vision: 5 Things to Communicate  “Leadership is all about communicating vision. And where vision is concerned, you have to communicate five critical things.” This is a brief, pithy post by Eric Douglass on the Leading Resources Incorporated blog. It provides a good grid for evaluating your organization’s vision.

6 Major Theories of Motivation  This is another concise post in the form of an info-graphic. Each theory is matched by a leadership issue to address. This comes to us by way of by Peter Psichogios on the CSIinternational blog. I think it addresses some critical leadership issues that must be considered.

Eight Reasons Leaders Hesitate Instead Of Deciding  “Whatever the issue or situation, some leaders make decisions too quickly. Those quick to “pull the trigger” often do so without adequate information. They do not listen well to others or think through the collateral issues. However, if hasty decision making represents an illness, then I would call the other extreme an epidemic. Namely, hesitant decision making.” This is from Thom Ranier, who is the President of Lifeway Christian Resources.

A Crisis of Leadership-What’s Next?  “I don’t think there’s much debate the world is ensnarled in a crisis of leadership. The question becomes what do we do about it?” This is from Mike Myatt, whom I have highlighted many times before. This is a timely post and a cry for a leadership movement. See what you think.

8 Things I’ve Learned as a Young Lead Pastor  We close with another good post on The Gospel Coalition blog. Ryan Williams, an intern at Mars Hill, shares his experiential learning on some valuable thoughts on leading young.

There are the 5 for this week. Leader, don’t give up.

My Top Posts for September

UnknownHere are the 5 most popular posts from this past month.

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?” This is in the top 5 every month.

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.”

21st Century Leadership: 7 Questions for Evaluation  “Lynn Joy McFarland, Larry E. Senn, and John R. Childress have written a well informed work entitled, 21st Century Leadership: Dialogues with 100 Top Leaders. As I was reading a portion of their book I was struck by the wisdom of seven sets of questions that are posed to help you in evaluating your 21st century leadership readiness.”

Lust Destroys Beauty  “Lust is about self gratification, which is counter to a benevolent, all authoritative God. And this is a God who is ultimately beautiful. We literally appreciate beauty because we were created by a beautiful Creator. Lust is our desire for beauty turned inward.”

The Character It Takes To Be A Good Partner  “We were designed for community and we are most effective when we live out our work in community. It is a necessity inside your organization and with others outside the organization. This truly requires partnership.” But what type of character dos it take to get there?

There are the five most popular posts from my blog for September. May you have a blessed October!

My Top Posts for August

UnknownHere are my top five posts for the month of August.

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? And that question must be followed by “What type of leadership culture do you desire?”

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  In this post we will look at three 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.

Leading Long Requires A Marathon Mentality  There is a world of stress if you lead long enough. Leading long means maintaining a foundation that allows you to have a positive influence for a lifetime. Just like running, leading long requires “a different mind-set and approach . . . with more focus on muscle stamina and endurance.”

Leading Those Who Are Older In The Ministry  Maybe its just my age or maybe it’s watching those around me get older within our organization.  But I am observing that there is a mutual tension between organizations wanting to retain good people and those same people desiring to be significant contributors till the end.  It’s a common refrain in our organization that we do not do a good job with older staff.  It’s also a fairly common refrain from our older staff that they do not feel maximized.

There are the 5 most popular posts from my blog for this past month. Thanks for taking the time to visit this site. I appreciate your interest and trust that the content is truly profitable to your leadership endeavors.