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A Resource for Christian Leadership Development and Teamwork

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

Leadership Skills List of 6

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Leadership Skills List of 6

Do you have a leadership skills list?  Do you have a list of ideas or thoughts that are helping you grow as a leader?  A strong leader has qualities that others will notice.  Their skill as a leader will be obvious to those around them.  Some of the very basic qualities of those who have developed leadership skills will include:

  • Commitment to the cause
  • An ability to have a sense of humor
  • Confidence in those they lead
  • Honesty
  • Trustworthiness
  • An ability to encourage and inspire others
  • An inspirational personality that encourages others.

The following is a collection of a leadership skills list of 6 different articles that I have posted on Like A Team.

1. Top Ten Christian Leadership Skills

2. Spiritual Priorities Show Strong Leadership Skills

3. Prayer and Leadership Skills

4. Growing Strong Leadership Skills from Failure

5. Quotes and Sayings That Help Develop Leadership Skills

6. Quotes and Sayings on Growing Leadership Skills

How are your leadership skills?

Do you have any good resources that have helped you develop your skills as a leader?

Dale Roach

Inspirational Quotes About Life

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Life as a Christian can be extremely challenging.  It is often good to gain good advice from those who are faithful to the Faith.  Here are some good quotes about life as a Christian.

“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.” – Billy Graham

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” ― John Wesley

“The bottom line in the Christian life is obedience and most people don’t even like the word.” – Charles Stanley

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