Like A Team

A Resource for Christian Leadership Development and Teamwork

Humility Meaning – Service and Servanthood

Humility Defined

How is humility defined? The practice of humility meaning service and servanthood is a unique definition? Serving the Lord with humility should be the goal of every born-again believer. Here are a few thoughts as to what humility means for some people:

  • a modest or low view of one’s own importance
  • an understanding of the Latin word humilis that created humility, which literally means low.
  • Although it’s related to humiliation that makes people feel low in a bad way, humility is usually used to refer to a lack of ego.

The Old Testament View of Humility

Everyone does not regard humility as a virtue. Some people see it as a weakness. The Old Testament book of Proverbs has some humility quotes. Continue reading

Joshua: A Leadership Lesson from the Bible

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A Leadership Lesson from the Bible

The Old Testament has many great lessons in leadership. One of the greatest leaders was Moses. However, even in his development as a leader Moses was preparing a younger leader named Joshua to take his place.

The name of this young leader was Joshua. The name Joshua means, “God is salvation.”  As one reads through the Old Testament it is easy to discover the “saving” work of God in bringing his people out of Egypt.

The story of Joshua is a leadership lesson from the Bible.

Joshua Was A Leader Willing to Step-Up to the Plate – Joshua 1:1-6

“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide:  “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.  I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.  Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.” (NIV) Continue reading

What Are Leadership Styles All About?

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What are leaderships styles all about?  There are many different types of leaders.  Dave Stone in his book, Refining Your Style, claims that “Revolutionary Leaders” are intense, bold, challenging, brave, audacious, daring, courageous and valiant, just to name a few traits.

He also gives a checklist for anyone who might like to find out if they have the leadership quality of a revolutionary.

Stone says you might be a Revolutionary Leader if:

  • your words can cause adrenaline surges and an increase in your listeners blood pressure
  • you inspire applause or verbal affirmation because audience or class members feel like they’ll explode if they do not validate what your are saying.
  • you are sickened by Christian leaders who “just do church” and never try to impact their community for Christ.
  • your philosophy is to ask forgiveness rather than permission, especially when speaking about a controversial topic.
  • your resonate with the phrase “I’d rather burn out than rust out.”
  • you see a plaguing problem or a crisis in the church as an opportunity to spiritually lead the necessary transformation.
  • you almost enjoy stepping on toes at times. (Refining Your Style, 65-65)

Leadership is a Coaching Process That Builds Teamwork

Anyone interested in coaching as a productive leader must understand their role.  A healthy and progressive team starts with a gifted leader. Here is a quote from Tom Phillips on leadership coaching that builds teamwork.  This statement is just one of many to help with the development of team-building principles.

Phillips says,

“A team must have a gifted and committed leader. Leaders are those who serve the vision.  To accomplish it, they serve their team.  Some leaders are visionaries who have very little administrative skill, and others are well balanced and have the ability to work administratively as well.   A team, however, will do well to assist the leader in as many administrative areas as possible so that he can continue to be the tip of the arrow, forging the future as other develop the present.” (Tom Phillips in Leaders on Leadership. “Building a Team to Get the Job Done,” Chapter 11). Continue reading

What Does Truth Mean?

truth-what-does-it-meanDo you have a clear definition of truth? What does truth mean? Here are a few quotes about truth that may help to create a solid definition.

Quotes About Truth

Truth is the beginning of every good thing, both in Heaven and on earth; and he who would be blessed and happy should be from the first a partaker of truth, for then he can be trusted. ~ Plato

For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. ~ Proverbs 8:7

Seize upon truth, wherever it is found, amongst your friends, amongst your foes, on Christian or on heathen ground: the flower’s divine where’er it grows. ~ Issac Watts

He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit. ~ Proverbs 12:17

Speak the truth and shame the Devil. ~ Francois Rabelais

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. ~ John 4:24 Continue reading

Quotes That Define Adversity

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Have you had to deal with adversity? Here are a few quotes that may help define adversity in a different way.

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Adversities do not make the man either weak or strong, but they reveal what he is. ~ Faith Forsyte

The brightest crowns that are worn in heaven have been tried, and smelted, and polished, and glorified through the furnace of tribulation. ~ Edwin Hubbell Chapin

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. ~ Proverbs 17:17

A wise man struggling with adversity is said by some heathen writer to be a spectacle on which the gods might look down with pleasure. ~ Sydney Smith: Sermon on the Duties of the Queen Continue reading

4 Points of a Team Leadership Model

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When you think of a strong team leadership model in your life, who do you think about? Every true leader has unique characteristics. However, all true leaders have four basic traits.

Here are four characteristics of a strong leadership model.

Emotion with Energy

Followers are looking for leaders that have emotion and energy. They are seeking out someone who is enthusiastic and charismatic in their approach to life.

Strong emotions with energy is a sign of conviction and belief. Emotion with enthusiasm is a teaching resource that cannot be faked. It can also be one of the most powerful resources a leader possess.

 Target with Focus

A leader that has a target, an aim, a goal, a purpose, a reason, is like a hunter looking through the scope of his rifle. He has a target, and as he aims at that target, his focus is clear. The leader who has set her sight on something to be accomplished is one who has a clear focus.

 Speaker with a Story (Parable)

A true leader is also one who is a speaker with a story. Those who hear the message of this individual will walk away with a clear message and an easy to understand story with a purpose. This powerful teaching resource of a true leader is not only understood; it can also be repeated by those who hear it.

 Dreamer with Vision

The fourth teaching resource of a true leader is their skill in being able to see something that has not yet taken place. This person is someone who dreams and dreams in color.

The “dreamer-visionary” has the desire to see that which is not yet created. This teaching resource of a true leader is that which keeps the blood flow of a team’s heart flowing.  A dreamer with a vision is needed in every organization.

Do you have emotion with energy?

Do you have a target with a focus?

Do you speak with a clear story?

Do you dream with a clear vision?

Dale Roach

What Does Conflict Mean?

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Conflict is a word that is being used worldwide to describe a variety of events from war to protests. What does conflict mean?  Is there a good conflict definition?

Some people define conflict as a friction or opposing actions resulting from actual or perceived differences or incompatibilities.

As a verb, the word conflict refers to an event that creates a collision or disagreement. Conflict also produces actions that are contradictory, opposing or clashing. This action can also create an environment where a fight, battle, struggle or strife evolve.

The creation of conflict takes place when individuals or groups find themselves to be incompatible, opposing or antagonistic. Conflict usually creates an environment of mental struggles that are grown out of opposing demands and impulses.

Is There A Good Definition of Conflict?

Below are some great quotes from the Bible that can further define the meaning of conflict and how to handle it.

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.” ~ Matthew 18:15-17

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” ~ Ephesians 4:31-32

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.” ~ Matthew 18:15-22

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” ~ Matthew 5:9

“So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” ~ Matthew 5:23-24

How do you handle conflict?

Do you have any good advice in dealing with conflict?

What does conflict mean to you?

Do you have a clear conflict definition?

Helpful Quotes About Change

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Change is not easy! In fact, change is a challenge for most people. Here are some helpful quotes about change.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ~ George Bernard Shaw

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. ~ Winston Churchill

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. ~ John F. Kennedy

Change yourself and your work will seem different. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Policies are many, Principles are few, Policies will change, Principles never do. ~ John C. Maxwell Continue reading