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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.

As much as my family and I loved watching the movie this past weekend, it was a forgone conclusion that I’d share Brian Dodd’s list of leadership lessons from Captain America: The Winter Soldier:

The Difference Between Loving People And Trusting Them – Christian leaders realize there is a big difference between forgiveness and trust. Forgiveness is what we are called to do. Trust must be earned. Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, said, “Granddad loved people but didn’t trust them very much.”

Aaron Ivey reminds us that effective leaders need to delegate and rely on their team’s strengths:

A few years ago, a friend of mine spoke some godly wisdom into my weary soul. It was a season of feeling overwhelmed and on the edge of burnout, and my kindred brother simply said, “Bro… you are trying to do everything, but you’re doing nothing well. You are actually only great at a few things, so do more of what you’re great at, and empower others to do the rest.” He was right. Ministry is more healthy and vibrant, when we empower others in their giftings to do what we couldn’t do on our own.

David Good shares one key thing that sets great leadership apart:

Character is what sets great leadership apart from all other types. He who leads out of character doesn’t pursue his own agenda but a much loftier one–he pursues God’s purpose and therefore, will reap eternal results that will last. The leader who leads apart from character is simply pursuing his own agenda and will only reap temporary results. Without character a leader limits himself because he is striving to get people to follow him. With character a leader’s potential is unlimited because he is leading people to follow God.

Stephen Brewster on the sometimes difficult task of leading volunteers:

Leading a team requires more than just a title and a good idea. And leading volunteers? That’s an entirely different animal. Leadership comes with a cost and when we’re leading volunteers, it requires us to be our best. Our volunteers have their own jobs – they’re giving their time because they care about the mission we’re on. They don’t need drama, they need leaders who are going to encourage them. As leaders of volunteers, we have to remember we’re representing not just ourselves but our organizations and all they stand for. We have to treat our volunteers and their time with a lot of respect. Here are a few things to remember when leading volunteers.

Brian Howard shares four keys to building a great team:

Leadership is often lonely. This loneliness is compounded by the fact that many leaders can’t quite figure out how to put together a good team around them. These leaders have vision but no real team. They have been blessed with a lot of natural leadership ability, make decisions intuitively, and feel like it’s hard to soar like an eagle when you are surrounded by a bunch of pigeons. (Sorry Mike Tyson)… Here are 4 realities that you must embrace in order to build and keep a quality team around you.

One thought on “Leadership Roundup”

  1. Thank you for sharing my leadership lessons from Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier. First, I am honored but also you were words made my laugh. I am deeply honored you would include the post. You have a great site and keep up the wonderful work you are doing. Brian

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