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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.

Steve Keating on leadership and direct downward social interaction:

The trouble with surveys is that they are typically an annual “event” and because of that they measure nothing more than a moment in time. People’s responses are affected by their emotions of the moment and because of that the survey results are of limited value. There was certainly a time when annual surveys where considered “state of the art” for HR professionals but that time has passed.

Direct downward social interaction is the new “best practice.” Social Leaders use technology to get themselves “out there” like never before. They use Facebook, Twitter and Blogs to inform their people of what’s happening and get instant feedback from their followers. I’m obviously a believer in those tools but nothing, nothing, will ever beat face-to-face human interaction.

Petri Nauha teaches how to choose to lead the “difficult people” in love:

We all know “those people.” They sit in our churches, serve in our teams, and either knowingly or unknowingly rub us totally the wrong way. They may be those in your team that have taken your place, those who fight you at every turn, or those at your church who know nothing about worship and give you advice about volume levels, song choices, players and anything they can think of. Sometimes they’re even your boss, the pastor for worship directors, or the worship leader for team members. They can even be you! Loving them is often the most difficult thing we will experience in ministry.

Fortunately Jesus didn’t leave us alone in these situations, but gave us plenty of wisdom we can pull from as we continue to lead…

James Bohn lists five reasons that conflicts arise in the church:

The psychology of conflict in today’s average church is perhaps not so different than the days of Corinth. Differences of opinion happen because of different experiences. Differences of opinion are as old as Corinth; although there is sometimes a veiled theological rationale on the surface, people divide because they defer to their comfort zone. People like what or who they like for a million different reasons—and sometimes for no reason—and that translates into personal preferences for decisions such as choosing colors for the bathrooms. This is either a goldmine or a minefield, depending upon how you manage it.

Karl Vaters lists twelve reasons that church leaders need to take responsibility for their failures:

I think it’s because we live in a blame culture. And that culture has invaded the church. In fact I know it has because I regularly hear pastors of Small Churches blame everyone from their denominations to other churches, to the corruption of the culture for their church’s lack of growth and/or health.

We must stop doing this. Here are 12 reasons.

Ryan Stigile shares eight excuses that church leaders need to stop using:

Everyone knows we have a problem. Yet far too many church leaders find it’s easier to blame external factors for the challenges they face. We will never effectively reach our communities until we shed our excuses and take responsibility for reality.

An organization cannot overcome a challenge until it begins to own the challenge…

If only every church leader responded to challenges with willingness to own them and act. Instead, many elect to blame the most immediate cause. It’s time we start trading our excuses for real ownership. Have you found yourself or your team saying any of the following?

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