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 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 […]

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 […]

Group Dynamics for Greater Productivity

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Any experienced supervisor or team leader knows that groups either work for you or against you–sometimes at the same time! The processes of group dynamics–how people behave in groups and how the group itself behaves–are closely tied to group productivity, a critical issue today. Successful supervisors don’t take groups for granted, but instead proactively seek […]

Communication Strategies for Addressing Conflict in Congregations

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 Whenever I work with churches that are experiencing serious conflict, especially those that have reached the point of impasse, communication issues commonly emerge. Regularly, parishioners tell me that poor communications are at the root of their congregation’s problems. Miscommunication, they say, has created much of the hurt. But when people talk about lack of communication, […]