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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.

Phil Cooke shares what to do when leaders and their teams don’t really like spending time together:

In my consulting work over the last 30 years, one of the most common complaints I get – particularly at churches and nonprofit organizations – is that leaders don’t spend much time with their team. Understand it’s not just about being busy. In most situations it’s pastors, executives, COO’s and other leaders who simply don’t enjoy spending time with their team. In case that’s happening at your organization, and since I’ve heard it from both sides, when it happens, here’s my advice for both parties…

Ron Edmondson shares one easy, quick, and free way to be a better leader:

Here’s a great leadership tip. And, it’s one you already know, but sometimes forget. Or just don’t do it enough. This leadership tip was shared with me years ago by one of my leaders. I have practiced it in every leadership environment since then. It’s one of the smartest things I do. It’s genius. Simple. And, best of all, it’s free. Do you want to be a better leader? Implement this leadership tip today. And repeat often. Ready?

Tim Challies on leadership, Mark Driscoll, and the importance of strong character:

When the Bible lays out qualifications to ministry, it is character that rules every time. The Bible says little about skill and less still about results. It heralds character. And from the early days, Mark Driscoll showed outstanding natural abilities which led to amazing results. He knew and proclaimed sound theology. But he also showed an absence of so many of the marks of godly character. A hundred testimonies from a hundred hurt friends and former church members shows that what we saw from the outside was only a dim reflection of what was happening on the inside. The signposts were there, but we ignored them.

Carey Nieuwhof lists some ways for young leaders to avoid being labeled as slackers:

But what about the reputation millennials have for being slackers? It’s fairly pervasive. Despite most younger leader’s incredible passion for life and desire to make a difference in the world, the reputation persists. Personally, I think it’s as much about skill set as it is about anything. In fact, the skills missing in millennials today are to some extent the same skills I needed to learn when I was in my 20s as a lawyer (my first calling) and then as a young church leader.

Steve Keating on one of the most important things a leader needs to have:

Both groups however will have this in common: they are unlikely to follow you without first knowing where you’re going. Even people who know you well, they might even trust you, but to follow you they need to know where you’re going. So now let me ask you this. As a leader, do you have a vision? For yourself, your organization and for the people you lead? I hope your answer is yes. Let’s assume that it is. Here’s a second question. Do your people know and buy into your vision?

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