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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.

Jonathan Malm explains how the Peter Principle affects church leadership:

There’s a concept in business called the Peter Principle. The premise of the principle is that if someone in business is doing well, they get promoted. They keep getting promoted until they stop doing a good job. So inevitably what happens, is the people who are stuck in their jobs are the people who got promoted beyond their ability. Eventually, everyone sucks at their job because they got promoted out of their competence.

Josh Blankenship lists four reasons to suspect that you’re probably not a very good leader:

Being a church leader is tough. We all go through the ups and downs of ministry. Saturday nights we sit at our houses wondering who’s going to show up on Sunday morning and if we did enough to convince people to try our church out. Sometimes we go through seasons where we start to believe that we are awesome leaders and everyone loves us. But then there are times where it seems like no one cares about your ministry, no one is excited and no one is inviting their friends and family. I’ve been there. If you work or volunteer in a church you ARE a leader wether you know it or not. We could all benefit from occasionally stepping back from the fog of ministry and spend time to honestly assess our leadership. So without further ado here are 4 signs you might be a terrible leader…

Brad Blocksom (and others) share some of the underlying reasons that church leaders fall into sin:

But I’m just not sure that’s the key problem. Surely a lack of accountability is part of the problem here. But I just saw on the news today that a Pastor at a local church was being charged with sexual abuse of a teen girl at his church. Unfortunately we’ve seen this scenario play out again and again. Anyone at a church with unsupervised access to children can do this – it doesn’t have to be the Sr. Pastor. Christian leaders, especially staff Pastors are in a difficult place. They are viewed as examples, and often put on a pedestal by their congregations, yet they face the same struggles as all of us. So what happens when they do fail?

Brian Charette shares a simple leadership secret that we too often forget about:

Our tendency as leaders is to talk too much in most situations, as explained in the previous post. It’s likely obvious that talking too much kills the process of understanding in a listening conversation.

But so does shutting up completely.

Carey Nieuwhof lists five easy ways to be a more effective leader:

You can have a PhD in leadership and read everything there is on leadership and still not be effective. And yet there are leaders who have little formal education but who lead powerfully and effectively every day. Often, these leaders gain influence because they’ve mastered a few basic skills others miss. Here are 5 of my absolute favourite basic leadership skills that are far too easy to overlook.

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