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. Some topics this week include delegation, communication, and the importance of making choices.
None of these is an especially lengthy read, so this weekend, when you have a few minutes, check these out. Be encouraged. Be equipped. Be a better leader.
John Bossong: One of the greatest assets a football quarterback has is his ability to audible at the line of scrimmage. It’s like an instant back-up plan based on immediate feedback he sees or feels. It gives him the flexibility to execute when the original play needs to be altered. Great leaders know how to audible and they know the power of flexibility. Skillful leaders are able to adjust because they are flexible.
Brian Howard: Churches, like families, have leaders with strengths and weaknesses. In churches, however, we have the opportunity to pass our strengths on our congregations but not pass on our weaknesses. A church that replicates the weaknesses of its pastor has an unhealthy leadership structure. Every leader has strengths and weaknesses. Acknowledging this, my commitment as a pastor should be to bring my God-given gifts and strengths to my church but not have my weaknesses replicated in the church.
Jim Hess: Have you ever asked yourself what makes a leader a leader? For some we believe leadership means that I am responsible so I will do it. Sometimes we like to feel needed. But if we are to be useful as a leader in His Kingdom we need to understand that we may need to change. Moses in the passage above had to make 7 major steps or changes.
Phil Cooke: These leaders respond to everything as if you’re trying to cheat them. They use exclamation marks in all their communication. They’re always upset about something. But guess what? You get back what you put out and your team will start responding in the same way. You’re actually creating a culture of distrust and deception.
Steve Keating: Have you ever heard the saying there is no such thing as a free lunch? I think it’s meant to convey the fact that nothing is really free. Every thing costs somebody something. Just because you didn’t pay for it doesn’t mean that someone else didn’t. Well, I have some even worse news. Not only is nothing free, it turns out that even nothing costs something.