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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.

Bill Swaringim explains why leadership often means surrounding yourself with great people:

The areas I was great at received my attention. The other areas I wasn’t great at were being ignored. I usually had to rush in at times in reactive mode and in critical moments in front of my leadership – and others – to fix things. That happened one too many times. And then these words were spoken to me that set me on a new course. “Bill, we don’t expect you to have the answer for everything or be the one to do it all. We need you to lead a team that does.”

Josh Patterson shares four things that leaders can learn from Nehemiah:

Are leaders born? Are leaders molded by the moment? Are leadership traits universal? How does the leader’s context impact his or her methods? What is the difference between leading and managing? There are no simple answers to these questions. But looking at the life of someone who led with excellence can help us draw a few conclusions. Nehemiah, the great biblical leader, offers four key lessons in leadership for any believer looking for guidance.

Greg Atkinson explains why leaders can’t (and shouldn’t try to be) superhuman:

I came to this realization last year when I took a sabbatical and God opened my eyes to my pride. You see, I took pride in being a SuperPastor and thought that no other pastor was as dedicated as me. I would meet with men in my church that needed counseling and a listening ear until midnight or 1am (leaving my wife and kids at home). I thought I was an amazing pastor and super leader. The truth is this unhealthy practice of late nights helping others fed my ego, made me look down on other leaders/pastors and was a horrible example to my family.

Tony Morgan on leadership, lawn mowing, laziness, and lousy results:

Several years ago my son Jacob, who was 11 at the time, wanted to earn some money. Rather than just getting a job, he wanted to start his own business. He convinced a couple of boys in the neighborhood to join him. They started a lawn mowing business called “A Cut Above.” With only three on the team, Jacob also assumed the marketing responsibilities. He created a flier and then gave it to the other two boys to distribute throughout the neighborhood. Jacob sat by the phone waiting for the calls to start coming in, but nothing happened.

Ron Edmondson explains the differences between a real leader and a mere boss:

Are you a boss or a leader? I have to be honest I hate the term boss. When someone refers to me as their boss I almost feel like I’m doing something wrong as a leader. Forgive me for making me think I’m the boss. There are so many differences in a boss and a leader. If only in connotation.

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