Change Is A Journey, Not A Destination

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One  mistake that leaders sometimes make when leading change is to see change as a fixed destination. They see that the implementation of the changes will be the solution to the issues that they are addressing. This is an easy trap to fall into, especially considering how difficult and costly it can be to bring […]

Behaviors That Destroy Leadership

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How to Define Leadership Skills the Way Jesus Did

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The Creation of Strong Leadership the Way Jesus Did Strong and healthy leaders are needed within any organization. What exactly creates strong leadership? The definition of leadership will depend upon who answers the question. Some people approach leadership with a very authoritarian character. Others approach leadership with the attitude of a “boss.” A true leader […]

The Promise and Peril of Conflict

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Peril of Conflict A compelling example of leaders turning conflict into opportunity for structural and cultural change is found in the first seven verses of Acts 6. The idyllic description of the first Christian community (Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 4:32-37) is soon marred by incidents of deception (Acts 5:1-11) and internal conflicts (Acts 6:1-7). While […]

The Leader As A Communicator

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What Makes a Leader a Good Communicator? Effective leaders are good communicators. They understand the importance of communication in all its forms and spend much time at the task. This communication is always two-way, receiving as well as giving information and feelings. One study of leadership analyzed how leaders spend their days, concluding “for formal […]

Prayer and Leadership Skills

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Prayer and Leadership Skills There are many opinions about how an organization, business, charity group or congregation can succeed.  Strategies, planning, and vision casting are extremely important but have you ever considered the role prayer and leadership skills play in supporting one another.  Here are a few quotes and scriptures on prayer to help create […]

Is Your Team Ready for Growth

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Many organizations have learned the hard way that growth is a two-edged sword.  The benefits and advantages of growth– more staff, more programs, more money– are obvious and inviting.  Less obvious are the potential costs of overextended facilities and resources, possible staff/volunteer burnout, and the climate of disruptive change. Organization growth is a complicated phenomenon […]

Sabotaging, Rather Than Leading Your Organization

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Service leaders sometimes are their own worst enemies when they use a leadership style not tailor-made for the situation at hand. Not only does a mismatched leadership style waste scarce time and energy, but the thorny seeds of future relationship problems also are planted when a situationally inappropriate leadership style is used. For example, the […]