Leadership Roundup

Leading worship isn’t just about music. It’s also about leading people: the people on your team and the people in your congregation.

There are so many great articles on leadership being posted online, and I’m finding new ones every week. So that means it’s time for this week’s Leadership Roundup.

Below you’ll find some of the best leadership resources I came across this week. Save them to Instapaper or Pocket or Read It Later or your bookmarks, and check them out when you have some time this weekend. Be challenged and be encouraged. Be a better leader.

Remember, these are just excerpts, but I strongly encourage you to click through and read each post in its entirety.

Steve Keating talks about the difference between commitment and compliance:

Here’s a quick little leadership test for you. One question, it will tell you a lot about whether or not you’re truly leading. Just answer the question, no hemming and no hawing, just answer. Ready? Here you go: Do your people comply or do they commit? Maybe you’re not really sure so here’s a good way to tell.

Casey Corum on the care and feeding of creative people:

As a result of their pioneering spirit, creatives can find sometimes themselves on the fringes of our church communities. This can happen for a number of reasons. There is a tendency toward isolation in creative personalities because of a sense of being misunderstood by the rest of the church body – whether that misunderstanding is real or imagined.

Jonathan Pearson reminds us that it’s okay for leaders to be human and show weakness:

One of the most misunderstood concepts about leadership is that leaders can’t show any sign of vulnerability or softness. As young leaders, this is something that we feel makes us a good leader. The second we appear to be less than all knowing or tough skinned, we begin to think we’re lacking in leadership ability. As I’ve grown and experienced new things in leadership, I’ve figured out that we’ve been mislead.

Dennis Cook provides a primer on the basics of leadership:

No matter your position in the church – you are leading someone. Moreover, someone, somewhere is watching you, molding who they are around you, and learning from what you teach. Your poor habits and traits are being watched. Your excellent habits and traits are being mimicked. So, how do you as a leader take your gifts and abilities and use them for God’s glory and be an excellent representative of Christ to those who are learning from how you lead?

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