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)

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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 Expectations

Do the people you lead expect you to calm things down, provide stability, and return things to normal? Isn’t that what leadership is supposed to do? In most churches this is the main responsibility of the pastor/leader. After all, the very title of pastor conjures up visions of green fields full of happy sheep frolicking … Continue reading Leadership Expectations

The Gap

Oh that pesky gap between what we say we believe in and what we do. Its frustrates all of us, whether a corporation or a church, a group or an individual. How can we be so blind? Of course, it’s easy to see the gap in publicized scandals like Enron or in a public individual like … Continue reading The Gap

New Neighbors

There are as many reasons to blog as there are computers on desks (or tables, or stands, etc.). This space explores leadership as well as theology; not the popular leadership of the self-help books but real leadership with an emphasis on values, practicality, academics, and especially, community. Leadership is always about values and community. My values … Continue reading New Neighbors

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)

Theology, Leadership, and Community

What is the culture of leadership like in your place of worship?  Paternalistic leaders steal accountability and ownership from the people they lead and place responsibility for decisions in the hands of management. In the corporate world that’s called patriarchy (Block, 1996). In the church we call it “shepherding.”  I know, I know; shepherding is … Continue reading Theology, Leadership, and Community

Church Leadership

 What makes some leadership Christian?  Some say it’s an attitude of the heart. “We just need to serve other people the way Jesus served others, kind of like the way He washed the feet of the disciples.” Others say it’s all about “vision-casting,” making sure the whole church buys into the vision that God has for … Continue reading Church Leadership