Creating a Climate for Change

Note: This is my last post for 2016. Look for my next Leadership Post on January 9, 2017. Merry Christmas! I like change as long as I agree with it. I’m not the only one. That seems to be part of human nature. It is interesting to observe how some organizations embrace change while others are extremely resistant. Why is

Read more

How Effective Leaders Weigh Big Decisions

Imagine that you are driving down a highway at about 60 miles per hour daydreaming and listening to your favorite radio station. Suddenly, and without warning, a ball rolls into your path with a small child following darts into the road. While you only have a split second to determine whether to apply the brakes and strike the child or

Read more

How Effective Leaders Overcome Flops and Failures

I hate to make mistakes and I make them all too often.  The good news is that you don’t have to be “mistake free” in order to be effective. You certainly don’t want to make the same mistakes over and over. Outstanding leaders seek to minimize their mistakes and any diligent organization should do likewise. The person who never admits

Read more

What to do With a Bible Study Leader Who Needs to Step Down- Part 2 of 2

Two weeks ago, I walked you through the first two principles of what needs to happen when a church leader finds it necessary to dismiss a volunteer. While the context was specifically about the need of a addressing a volunteer Bible study leader, the concepts have wider application. Here are more ideas to work through should you find yourself in

Read more

What to do With a Bible Study Leader Who Needs to Step Down

What would you do? What would you do if you had a Bible study leader that needed to step down? That may be putting it politely. Perhaps action needs to be taken to remove the leader because of a serious issue. How do you remove a volunteer? Here is the first of two parts to help you navigate this touchy

Read more

Focus on the Mission instead of the Position

Does the name Babe Ruth ring a bell? The avid sports fan certainly knows who that is. Even the less acquainted are likely aware that he held the Major League Baseball record for home-runs for almost forty years before being surpassed by Hank Aaron. During the three years prior to Ruth’s dramatic hitting career, a young pitcher on the same

Read more

How Some Leaders Bankrupt Their Influence

My wife and I celebrated thirty-five years of marriage recently. I am very blessed by that milestone, blessed with a lovely wife, and committed to make my marriage even better going forward. I heard an illustration early in my life that has served not only my marriage well but has also strengthened me as a leader. A book I read

Read more

What is Your Title?

Specialist, Consultant, Vice-President, Executive, Doctor, Reverend, Professor, Captain, Chairman, Director…. Pretty impressive, huh? Not really. Having a title does not make one a leader and an effective leader does not get caught up in titles. We all know someone with an impressive title who has little influence and fails to be effective. Titles are not a bad thing and there

Read more
1 2 3 4 5 6 13