Missional Leadership

How does church leadership become missional leadership? Isn’t a shame we have distinguish between the two? Depending on the polity of the church, most church leaders are elected by the congregation or selected by a nominating committee of some sort and presented to a group for ratification. The conversation often revolves around getting so-and-so more … Continue reading Missional Leadership

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Un-Ethical Leadership (Part Two)

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)

Leadership Snip-Its

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

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)

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

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