Leadership Snip-its

From over at Seth's Blog , here is a great principle for problem-solving that all good leaders need to keep in mind.  Click on "Our normal approach is useless here."

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Un-Ethical Leadership (Part One)

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)

Relational Leadership (Part Four)

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)

Relational Leadership (Part Three)

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)

Relational Leadership (Part Two)

What is Relational Leadership? We sketched out a definition of Relational Leadership in our last post. Relational Leadership, simply put, 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.  Ok, but what does Relational Leadership look like in the … Continue reading Relational Leadership (Part Two)

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 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

Theology, Leadership and Community (part two)

So…what’s the culture of leadership like at your place of worship? How do authority, position, and church office fit together?  Many leaders these day hang their hats on Servant Leadership, a concept where “the servant-leader is servant first…” (Greenleaf, 2007, p. 27). Success, according to that way of thinking, is measured by how much a person … Continue reading Theology, Leadership and Community (part two)