This is the third piece of a six part series about what it takes to create an environment that not only develops leaders but helps them succeed—what I call an empowering environment.Continue Reading "Give People Essential Resources"
It’s the cry of every player, “Put Me In Coach!” Each of us wants to know that our assignment makes a difference to the whole. We want the chance to do something that will affect the outcome of the game. Clarity about individual roles throughout your team not only strengthens your team but builds an empowering environment.Continue Reading "The Power of Clear Responsibility"
Leading a church or any ministry that longs to make a kingdom impact in a changing world takes serious leadership game. Without robust skills, strategies, and spiritual authority, ministry will eat your lunch and break your heart.
aboutLEADING is dedicated to lessons from and for the trenches of leadership. In this space you will find ideas, insights, resources, and even the occasional twisted view on the humor of life. Things you can use. It is a resource to help you and those you influence thrive as agents of the kingdom.Continue Reading "WHY this blog?"
Here is a conundrum. The fastest way to achieve significant organizational change is often by going slowly.
The problem is that leaders live to make things happen. They thrive on taking new ground. They work to move people, ideas, and organizations toward greater accomplishment. In short, leaders are change agents. Slowly and patiently do not come naturally. Leaders resonate with Sammy Hagar’s song, “I Just Can’t Drive 55.”Continue Reading "To Go Fast — Go Slow"
I know, it sounds like the language of a circus barker, “Come see the Flying Zucchini Brothers as they defy gravity.” However, I am talking about much more than entertaining circus talk. “Defying gravity,” is a terrific description of the way effective leadership teams learn to operate.Continue Reading "Defying Gravity"
I have often quoted the axiom, “a difference between a leader and a follower is PERSPECTIVE. And, a difference between good leaders and better leaders is better perspective.” But, perspective is more than a strategic issue. The greatest perspective is actually spiritual, and as such, it calls for the work of the Spirit.Continue Reading "A Leader’s Prayer"
Picture the scene. Here I was, trying to explain the problem of a 30-year-old analog TV in a flat-screen high-def digital age to a technologically illiterate senior citizen who is almost deaf. He just doesn’t have the categories.Continue Reading "Change :: the new status quo"
I want to lobby for a new day in the way we think of ourselves and engage the world around us. I am tired, impatient, angry, even embarrassed by a consistent trend in the Christian community. There are times when I hear the diatribes of those who claim the name of Christ and I feel ashamed to be affiliated with their hostility toward people we are commanded to love. When did following Jesus become focused on fighting against a very selective group of social ills?…Continue Reading “Are we For or Against?”Continue Reading "Are we For or Against?"
It used to be that the notion of a leader as Lone Ranger was a good thing. Riding in on a white horse to save the day single-handedly is the way great leaders carried themselves. That day is over. Today, leaders that operate today as autocratic individualists are suspect.Continue Reading "COMMUNITY — THE FIFTH “C”"
Character-deep leaders understand the relationship between character and competency. While character may be the key to influence, they have also learned to rely on their competencies much like a master-mechanic relies on tools.Continue Reading "Character & Competency"