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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 lists four reasons that withholding information is not a viable leadership strategy:

This post isn’t about leaders keeping secrets about sexual affairs, mismanaged money, or harassment. That’s bad enough. But this is about leaders who use secrets to control people and expand their power. Early in my career I worked for a leader who used secrecy to consolidate his authority. By withholding information from certain staff members, it became necessary to run everything through him – which made it obvious he was the guy in charge. But here’s why that’s a disaster waiting to happen…

Scott Williams explains why leaders need to focus on potential instead of limitations:

Have you ever seen a situation where a leader has a team member who is either up for a promotion or in all actuality should be considered for a promotion; and the leaders says they are not ready yet, or they need more development.

I understand that sometimes people aren’t ready and they could benefit by a little more time in the leadership development cooker. More times than not, the person is ready, all they need is a little encouragement, belief in themselves and an opportunity to show what’s inside of them. How do you get the experience, if no one is willing to give you a chance to get the experience?

Jonathan Pokluda shares six questions that every leader should use for self-assessment:

Believe it or not, most everyone is (or at least could be) a leader. Leadership isn’t limited to politicians or CEOs; it includes moms, dads, teachers, coaches, chefs, singers, bus drivers, Porch volunteers, missionaries, disciple-makers, heads of households, and…you get the idea. But not everyone is a good leader, and the world needs good leaders.

To become a good leader, there are some questions you need to ask yourself. You could think of them as the five Ws (and one H) of leadership.

Charles Stone shows why you need to get enough sleep – and how it can affect your leadership:

For many years scientists and philosophers have pondered why we need sleep besides to not be sleepy. Of course we all intuitively know how important sleep is to our bodies, relationships, and walk with God. But as neuroscientists are learning more about the brain, they are discovering many positive brain benefits from sleep. This list below includes some of those benefits.

Christopher Cook lists three ways to lead by example:

The most effective spiritual role models lead others through a natural extension of their everyday lives, where the priority of their heart is shaped by His heart. Whatever they do, they do it as unto the Lord, knowing that everything they have comes from Him (see 1 Corinthians 4:7). They allow their work life, personal life, dreams and passions to overflow from a place of simple, childlike faith and trust in Him… In being a spiritual role model, your life of discipleship unto the Lord carries more weight than any message that you will ever preach. If you are eager to increase your effectiveness as a spiritual role model, I believe there are three key areas of positioning your life to best love and serve those around you.

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