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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.

Dave Odom reminds us why leaders shouldn’t always look for immediate results:

In the first three years of a ministry, leaders make all sorts of adjustments in activities, because the targeted constituency is not attending or people are not motivated to follow through. Once people are participating, it takes time to know whether the activity is really making a difference in people’s lives. Three years is enough time to get the activities right, but seeing the impact takes several years longer.

Ricky Mosel explains that you might not be a leader, but you might be just what your leader needs:

It takes a special kind of leader to do the right thing in the face of intense public pressure. Aaron was an effective public speaker, but without Moses’ guidance, he yielded to the crowd’s demand to make a golden idol to worship. Many times we want to have the recognition that comes with positions of leadership. But before you push yourself into pursuing these positions…

Zack Curry on why leadership is about everybody else more than it’s about you:

As leaders, we are called to serve and empower others—which is how Jesus chose to advance his Kingdom. True fruit is seeing others thrive and grow. If we’re constantly competing with others around us, this becomes impossible to achieve. Not to mention un- healthy! Though few are willing to admit it, when we see a ministry or team like us succeed, it often can bring out a competitiveness that works directly opposite of Christ’s upside-down Kingdom.

Stephen Brewster on why we need creative people in leadership positions:

Creativity is all around us. But not everyone is created to be a leader. Everyone has a different capacity of how much they can handle and thus, how much they can lead. But what happens when a really creative person is put in a position of leadership? Sometimes, it’s amazing. Other times, it can be a complete disaster. If you’re creative and want to be a leader…we need you. It’s time to go to bootcamp and step it up.

Ron Edmondson lists seven things that every leader should avoid doing:

Do you want to know how to completely frustrate a team? Is that your goal, leader? Of course not. No leader sets out to frustrate their team. Yet, chances are we do it everyday. Or often. We are human. We make mistakes like everyone else.

Some things are common frustrations. If we can learn them – and attempt to avoid though – we can do less frustrating.

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