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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.

Reflecting on Marvel’s Daredevil series, Joseph Lalonde shares leadership lessons from the man without fear:

He was gifted with extraordinary senses after saving a man from being hit by a car. His gift didn’t come without a price, it cost him his vision. But it granted him heightened senses. One of those gifts is that he can hear better than anyone every could. He can hear sounds from miles away and he can sense a change in heart rates when people are lying. He could be considered a human lie detector. All it takes is a little concentration and listening. You can learn the truth too. Open yourself up to listening to those you lead. Listen to what they say. Listen to how they say it. Listen to their heart.

Dan Black ponders if people are born leaders or can be made into leaders:

The question, “is a leader born or made?” has been debated for centuries. Previous generation thought leaders are only born. They believed a person could only become a leader if they had the leadership gene or DNA. In one of my previous job positions an older gentleman always went on and on about how a leader is born and could never be made. I heard him but always felt uneasy from his opinion on the topic. Recent generations say a person can be trained or developed into a leader. They believe leadership is not a special gene or innate ability given at birth to a select few but is a skill which can be learned by anyone.

Mike Fleischmann explains how to navigate the tricky path of honoring your predecessor, even when it’s awkward:

I didn’t want to damage our pastoral rapport, but I also knew that I had to reach out and communicate that these gatherings were problematic. It was an awkward call to make, but in the long run, addressing the issue with him cleared the air and made it more comfortable for him to remain as an ongoing presence. Why go to all the trouble to honor your predecessor, especially if the situation is awkward?

Geoff Surratt lists ten ways to shift from being a complainer to being a leader:

We have become a nation of complainers rather than leaders. We think that by writing a blog post, or updating our Facebook status or linking to a provocative article we are leading change. All we’re really doing is adding to the noise… Here are ten ways you can morph from complainer to leader…

Gavin Adams outlines three things that keep us from leading change, and how to overcome them:

What’s keeping you from leading change? There are many reasons we resist changing what is actually under our control to change. In my life, there are three specific fears that have caused me to pause instead of pushing me to progress. If you’re a leader, you’ve probably experienced them, too.

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