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.
Leading is stewardship. It is how we handle what we have been entrusted. Leading creatives adds an additional complexity to the equations. Artists or creative people are great because they are able to connect on a different level to the work they do. I have been blessed with the gift of working for and with some amazing creative leaders and I think these may be the 21 things I am most thankful I have learned from them and that I am working on trying to incorporate into my life..
Leaders give those they lead perspective, the true understanding of the relative importance of things, a sense of proportion. So what gives leaders perspective? Experience. Experience, though, is like picking up a handful of pond scum. It’s hard to hold and not always clear what you should do with it. Effective leaders figure it out. Here are three good rules of thumb.
Built into our DNA is the unwavering belief that the way of Jesus is just as important as the words and works of Jesus. Here’s what we mean by that. As leaders, we are often trained to listen to and interpret the words of Jesus and take them seriously. This is good, of course, but not sufficient if we’re going to follow Jesus as disciples.
It seems almost every week there is another leader written about in blogs who has failed somehow. Whether that is abuse of power, finances, sleeping with someone they aren’t married to or jumping off the deep end theologically. Every time I read about it, my heart breaks. For the people who are affected, for the name of Christ that is tarnished, for the families that are broken because of it, for the lost of mission and momentum at the church and for the leader and his wife. My heart also breaks because I know I could easily be that leader if I’m not careful.
What generally happens in an organization is that “The King” develops a style, a system and a reputation for the types of decisions that he or she will make and the type of feedback that they are willing to receive. Over time, those that are closest to “The King” begin to accept those tendencies as the law. This inevitably leads challengeable actions, decisions and offenses going un-challenged. The excuses for not challenging “The King” range from,”that’s just how so and so is — you know they will not even entertain that thought.” This type of situation and culture is not good for “The King,” those that follow and the organization as a whole.