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.

Ryan Kearns discusses the differences between closed leadership and generous leadership:

I remember this very thing happening to me while leading a ministry years ago in which we had achieved a level of success. The temptation quickly arose to protect what had been acquired and to hold on to what God had given. My heart saw the movement of the Holy Spirit as something that belonged to me rather than something I had been entrusted with. The mission of the church is too important for us to let that happen.

Brad Lomenick shares what leaders should really be bragging about:

And once everyone notices, many times its too late because we have so many things in place allowing our ego to flourish uncontrollably. The more influence you have, the more you are pulled away from reality and having those around you who will keep you humble. Here is a simple solution: LET YOUR EGO LEAK.

Jenni Catron reminds us that sometimes leaders need to fight against their natures to lead well:

Many times, the weakness for me is the need to be right. I want to be right. I want to prove I’m right. I want others to know I’m right. Or more simply put—pride. But pride left uncontested only serves to sabotage my influence. As leaders, we need to understand the weaknesses that seek to derail us and we must dig deep to do the soul work necessary to grow. What is it for you? What’s that part of your nature that holds you back?

David Good reveals the first skill that every leader must learn:

Everyone leads someone. Whether you realize it or not, the way you live your life is influencing someone right this moment. That could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending upon how you are living your life. Whether you are a parent, a teacher in a classroom, a manager in a company, an employee, or a friend to someone, you are leading people. You and I have a choice–we can either be bad leaders or we can be good ones. Great leadership is determined by character, not training or education. You can’t be a great leader unless…

Scott Williams lists some warning signs that you may be working for the wrong kind of leader:

There are many different types of leaders out there. Many are leaders in title and position only, as their style and process is anything but leadership. One of those leader/position types is something I refer to as “The Justifying Leader.”

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