Leadership Snip-its

Here's a great little leadership nugget over at Seth Godin's place. Would that everyone would engage in discussions like this. Imagine the savings in time, energy and relationships. Although as a church leader, I might push-back on his conclusion, just a little. 🙂

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Leadership, Crisis, and the Theft of Responsibility

Jack believed he was a responsible leader. He felt deeply the responsibility that rested on his shoulders. He wanted to make sure that no matter what happened on his shift, he would be there to make it right. When the economy tanked, he went into top gear. He increased his control over projects and his … Continue reading Leadership, Crisis, and the Theft of Responsibility

Good Leaders Don’t Command – Myths (part 6)

Somehow, especially in the church, we’ve come to believe that good leaders don’t exercise authority. The idea of appealing to our position as leaders or to the authority of our office really makes some leaders uncomfortable. “Real leaders inspire people, they don’t command them. After all, authority ultimately comes from the people. If you have … Continue reading Good Leaders Don’t Command – Myths (part 6)

New Leaders Take Charge – Myths (part 5)

New leaders need to be “strong, in-charge types” who let people know they are on the job. This is similar to the myth that leadership is for heroes. However, this one has an upside, just so long as the leader doesn’t believe it! For example, my father was a 30 year Naval officer (Legion of … Continue reading New Leaders Take Charge – Myths (part 5)

Leadership is Charismatic – Myths (part 4)

Many people buy into the idea that leadership must be charismatic. They equate a good leader with someone who enthralls others, who can whip-up feelings/emotions of a crowd and use their personality to get others to follow. In a scene from Lord of the Rings, the hero Aragorn lines up his army outside the bad-guy fortress … Continue reading Leadership is Charismatic – Myths (part 4)

Biblical Leadership – Myths (part 3)

Biblical Leadership is a myth? Well…kind of. At least the way it's usually portrayed. Often people writing about Biblical leadership take a “Let’s do leadership like Moses, or David, or Jesus, or Paul,” kind of approach. That is not a study of Leadership but of leaderships.  Let me be academic here for just a minute. … Continue reading Biblical Leadership – Myths (part 3)

Leadership is for Heroes – Myths (part 2)

Must Leadership be heroic, with good leaders coming to the rescue? This popular image of leadership is a combination of John Wayne self-sufficiency, James Bond expertise, and Winston Churchill determination. (The lack of women in these images is a topic for another post.) Do leaders stand alone against the crowd? Are they the people who bring solutions … Continue reading Leadership is for Heroes – Myths (part 2)

Leadership Myths

Leadership is the most observed and least understood phenomena on the earth, said the father of modern leadership studies (Burns, 1978). Misconceptions about leadership permeate every organization. Some are worse than others. All distort the leadership process. People are hurt, jobs lost, morale suffers, goals are unattained and often it all stems from a misunderstanding of … Continue reading Leadership Myths

Leadership and Vision

The leader’s vision should drive the organization. True or false? While leadership’s vision is supposed to guide the organization down the path, it just isn't that simple. No matter how much we try to get our people to “buy-in” to our finely crafted and polished vision, their own personal motivations and values will always be … Continue reading Leadership and Vision