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.

Sam Rainer lists suggestions for leaders when times of crisis hit hard:

Not every church leader will face a vision-crushing blow. But they exist. They hurt like a heavy-weight sucker punch. You didn’t see it coming, and it was hard like an Acme anvil. Church leaders (especially us pastors) can overreact. We can cry wolf when it’s just sheep around. There are cases, however, when one event jars everything loose, when something unforeseen grinds the church to a halt. The vision stops. No one moves. How do you respond when your church experiences collective blackout?

Steve Keating reminds us that good leaders see their people as human beings and not chess pieces:

This is where authentic leaders really separate themselves from the more common leader: They know their people. They know what motivates them, they know their challenges and goals. They see their people as PEOPLE and not merely a resource to be allocated.

Carey Nieuwhof lists some common reasons why leaders lose their best volunteers:

I know this is a bit of a tough post. But you need to know I’ve made every single of of these mistakes over my time in leadership. So if your response to reading this is “oh no”…just know that if you make some changes you’ll find yourself in a very different (and better) place. There are at least 6 reasons high capacity volunteers never join a team or leave it early.

From Brad Lomenick, a reminder that good leaders don’t just use their teams – they empower them:

Leaders: one of the key things you must ALWAYS do is empower your team. As I’ve learned over the years, most leaders at their core are control freaks, which is part of the reason they are successful. But we all must learn and recognize the need to empower those around us to succeed and do what they do well. Most leaders think they can do it all on their own, and many try, but ultimately in order to grow a successful organization that outlives you, as the leader, you have to empower those around you.

Allison Vesterfelt reminds us that when God calls someone to lead, it’s not about the leader – it’s about God:

I think the reason I like the story so much is because I feel Moses’ pain. Most of the time, when God calls me to step up and lead, when He calls me to make a decision or take responsibility, I want to say no. I want to say, “Can’t you find someone else?” I’m not really leadership material.” And yet, I’m starting to think we don’t get to decide if we’re leaders or not.

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