5 for Leadership (1/31/14)

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 (2/21/12)

Here are a fresh five:

What Is The Conversation You Need To Have?  This is a post from Mary Jo Asmus on her blog Leadership Solutions.  The foundation of her post is that relationships matter and therefore difficult conversations are essential.  Mary Jo offers three constructive steps to being intentional about those uncomfortable conversations.

Wondering ‘Am I A Good Leader?’  Take The Sheryl Sandberg Test  Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook.  Scott Eblin writes this post and offers three simple questions based on his studied profile of Sandberg and what makes her a good leader.  Read and see how you stack up.  Be sure to read about how Sandberg has modeled the answers to these same three questions.

Entitlement: The Gimme Generation  This comes from David Murray on his blog Head, Heart, Hand.  This is a fascinating post (both a podcast and a written piece) about the current generation of college students and their sense of entitlement and the implications.  This is a must read for anyone working with Mosaics.

Dangers Leaders Face  This is a very insightful post from Dave Kraft on the Resurgence blog.  Dave offers up two very practical issues that can hit leaders squarely between the eyes and put their leadership in danger.  This is worth your time and contemplation.

The Difference Between Capacity and Calling  This final offering is a five minute video of Pastor Wayne Cordeiro in conversation with Mark Driscoll and James MacDonald over the issue of spiritual leaders and burnout.  There are some helpful insights here about living out and fulfilling what God has truly called us to do.

There are the five for this week-lead well!