Leadership Roundup

I’m always finding great posts about leadership. Usually too many to write up individually. So here’s a quick roundup of some good links and articles about leadership that I’ve come across recently. None of these is an especially lengthy read, so this weekend, when you have a few minutes, check these out.

Steve Keating: Here’s one thing that you should know about leadership and never doubt this for a minute. Leadership, authentic leadership, is not easy. It requires courage, sacrifice, caring, determination, knowledge, sound judgement, experience dealing with people, and perhaps most of all commitment.

Caery Nieuwhof: Your job as a leader isn’t just to know something is wrong, it’s to leverage your influence or power to help make it right. When your team member knows you really care about a good solution and are willing to do what you can to make it better, it goes a long way.

Brian Howard: Often we say “Yes” to things that we don’t want to do or are not beneficial.  We seem to be afraid to say “No.” When we consider whether to say “Yes” or “No”, one helpful question to ask is “What are the true costs of saying ‘No’?” I have found that often times there are no real costs. In reality, you can say “No” much more than you currently do and experience no consequences for doing so. How can I make better decisions on when to say “No?”

Tony Morgan: Leaders are different too. Some leaders will volunteer their voice. They’ll pipe in. They won’t hold back. They talk first, and process as they verbalize their thoughts. Others are silently processing the current situation. They’re considering options. They’re analyzing pros and cons. They’re considering how different alternatives will impact different people. Until you ask them, though, they’ll remain silent.

Justin Holcomb: For example, God often chooses people who would appear to human eyes as unfit leaders: Moses was not eloquent (Exod. 3:9–4:16), Gideon was a coward (Judg. 6:11–12), and Simon Peter was uneducated (Luke 5:1–11). This makes it clear that leadership in Scripture is a gift from God, which negates any possibility for human boasting (1 Cor. 1:26–31).

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