Three Things Good Leaders Do

They communicate clearly and consistently the problems and challenges the organization is facing, as well as possible solutions, positive news, and exciting possibilities. They empower people by giving them the authority and the tools to get things done. They make sure that people are excited and inspired by the mission.

Good Leaders Teach And Model Optimism

  Good leaders make optimism an organizational priority. The people in the organization where you serve/lead will become more optimistic if they 1) are informed and involved, 2) feel that they have the power and authority to take action and 3) are committed to a compelling direction and inspiring vision. Good leaders stoke the fires…

Leaders understand perception is massively important

Everyone has heard the phrase “perception is reality” and understands that’s it not a declarative statement about actual reality BUT the way an individual views something. For example, if someone thinks you were terse or rude in yours words when speaking to them then their perception is the reality in which they’re living in. To effectively communicate…

Follow me/imitate me = power of leading by example

Leaders must never expect from others anything more than they’re willing to deliver themselves. They should never expect higher levels of commitment, creativity, persistence, or patience than what they themselves manifest on a regular basis…and if you cannot say, ‘Follow me,’ to your followers – and mean it – then you’ve got a problem. A…

Do the people in the organization where you serve trust you?

Oren Harari in The Powell Principles: 24 Lessons from Colin Powell, a Legendary Leader shares a good word on establishing trust that’s essential for leaders to learn. People are inclined to trust those who… Are competent – individuals who have relevant knowledge and experience and can keep the organization whole and healthy Have character –…

Bill Hybels on ministry disappointments and successes

Bill Hybels has a really powerful word on the relationship between pastor/shepherd and the sheep and explains how we must not lead with a domineering spirit. Throughout my entire ministry, one thing has almost always been true: If I communicate the right mission at the right time of the year in the right way and…

Are you a Saul or David? Sobering details on Saul’s life

  Here’s some sobering observations (from Dave Kraft in his book Mistakes Leaders Make) on Saul’s life. Insecurity leads to motivation by fear of failure Circumstances, not God’s desires, control Saul’s choices Rationalization, not repentance, follows his sin He loves the favor and respect of his son, Jonathan He loses favor with God He assumes the problem…

Don’t settle for artificial harmony

Dave Kraft in his book Mistakes Leaders Make gives 10 things pastors should strongly avoid. Allowing ministry to replace Jesus Allowing comparing to replace contentment Allowing pride to replace humility Allowing pleasing people to replace pleasing God Allowing busyness to replace visioning Allowing financial frugality to replace fearless faith Allowing artificial harmony to replace difficult conflict…