Are Christian leaders/pastors invested in the success of capitalism? An honest answer must be yes and no. First, the yes. Capitalism is devoted to the concept of self-interest. (See Alan Greenspan's comments here.) And Christianity teaches that at heart, most people are all about self-interest. Thus capitalism works because it appeals to that which is … Continue reading Christian Leadership and Capitalism
The other night experienced quarterback Tony Romo was interviewed before the Cowboys played the Redskins. In commenting on his development as a leader on the team, he replied that experience is the best tool for developing the decision-making skills necessary to win. He's right of course but that common bit of wisdom isn't true … Continue reading Leadership, Experience and the Intangibles
Relational Leadership recognizes that the at core of unethical behavior is a distorted view of people and our relationship to them. For example, how do you as a leader look at your people? Are they children to be managed, resources to be exploited, pieces of the organization to be shuffled and arranged by an omnipotent “human resource … Continue reading Un-Ethical Leadership (Part Two)
At times, church leaders behave unethically. Padding membership reports to the denomination; under (or over) reporting finances to the congregation; making decisions for parishioners as though they were children; refusing to address poor behavior from fellow leaders and congregants; these are ethical leadership issues. Christians are known for having a moral code, even if they aren't so good … Continue reading Un-Ethical Leadership (Part One)
Sometimes the seeds for leadership disasters are sown at the very beginning of a leader's tenure. Rev. Jack, in the market for a new church, found a new pastoring opportunity. Although the church had grown over the last few years, it had seen decline in attendance and finances as the pastoral search process took its toll. … Continue reading Leadership Disaster
I stumbled on a great (if that's the right word) list of why churches stall. Pastors and church leaders can benefit from thinking through the list. If you look closely, each reason can be traced back to an underlying (false) assumption about the church. It's so important for churches (and any other organization) to keep their focus … Continue reading Leadership Snip-Its
All leaders fail at one time or another. Even (especially?) the very best. Over at Seth Godin's place, he suggests there is a hierarchy to failure and furthermore, we should deliberately follow it. Definitely worth thinking about. Check it out.
Describing Relational Leadership is what my last posts have been about. Relational Leadership, as explained in Part Two, is the recognition that leaders and followers are in relationship to one another. Good leaders must therefore connect with the values and motivations of followers. In other words, a Relational Leader understands that the culture of a group, whether a church … Continue reading Relational Leadership (Part Four)
We've said previously Relational Leadership is based on the insight that leaders and followers are in a relationship. We've also said that Relational Leadership is about connecting with the values and motivations of the followers. So how do we import Relational Leadership into an organization without "blowing it up?" We start with the leadership team. Cleve … Continue reading Relational Leadership (Part Three)
Here is a short selection of some thoughtful proverbs on pain and leadership from Dave Travis over at the Leadership Network. Although designed for pastors and educators, it's definitely applicable for all organizational leaders.