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.

Mike Kim shares why you can’t blame a lack of progress on not having a mentor:

One of the most common complaints I hear in leadership has to do with the lack of mentors. The premise is that we haven’t gone further because there aren’t any willing mentors. But not having a mentor is not an excuse. The reason?

Brian Howard lists three ways to lead and develop your church staff:

In order for your church staff to truly reach its potential, each person must be invested in and developed. One of the chief roles of a lead pastor is to be an equipper-leader developer. (Ephesians 4) Many pastors, however, are unsure how to effectively lead and develop their staff members. A failure to invest in and develop staff members will lead to frustration (both yours and theirs) and a lack of staff effectiveness. A lead pastor who feels frustrated with a member of his staff should ask himself if he has intentionally led and developed this staff member. Whether you have one part-time staff person or 5 full-time staff people, here are 3 steps to get started with leading and developing your church staff.

Steve Keating reminds us that waffles may be great for breakfast, but waffling has no place in leadership:

One key to effectively using your language, whether it’s English, French, German or Pirahã, is to avoid the use of waffle words. Certain expressions, phrases and words can rob people of their “communication power.” These “Waffle Words” should be avoided. Verbal communication shortcomings can detract from your confidence, authority and professionalism.

Mark Logan shares a few ways to make sure your new leadership position gets off on the right foot:

Joining a church leadership can be exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. Whether you’re joining as a paid staff member or an unpaid, volunteer staff member, there are a few things to keep in mind as you get started in the first 90 days.

Brad Lomenick suggests avoiding the “they” mentality on your team:

Their conversation was centered around “I can’t believe THEY decided to make that decision…. they are asking us to show up early but they don’t understand. I can’t wait to tell them what I think. Maybe then they will give us a chance to succeed. I really deserve a raise but THEY are holding me back…..” And the list goes on. Who is They?

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