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.
There is a popular leadership mantra that is quoted often by many and I have seen it a lot on Twitter and Facebook lately. I have quoted it many times myself over the years. It says, “You can’t lead anyone where you haven’t been yourself.” It sounds great and will usually get a large number of retweets and shares on social media.
Something about that quote has been bothering me lately. I have found myself asking, “Is that really true? Does scripture teach this concept? Does this prove true in real life?” The more I thought about this the more I began to realize that there are some serious problems with this concept.
Are we leading or are we just in charge?
Sometimes, we leaders have a name plate on our door and a business card in our pocket that identifies us as “large and in charge.” Our authority is conferred upon us by power or position. We worked hard to earn it and we’ll fight hard to keep it.
But Jesus said things would be distinctly different in his Kingdom…
Stepping out. Risking. Taking a chance. It’s what we do as leaders.
So why risk? Why do we as leaders step out and move into places of the “unknown” when we are in a comfortable niche and established as the dominant force?
Why change if things are going great for you?
Great question. So why do we risk and take courage as leaders?
Recently, a valued leader in my life said, “one I thing I know is that every ‘number one’ needs a great ‘number two.’” Hearing those eight words truly set me free to be the best version of “me” possible and embrace the gift God had placed upon my life. I really appreciated his words (and him even more) because it validated me personally. And if it validated me, I’m sure it validates a lot of you.
Quickly think of five common traits of high-impact leaders… good time management, assertiveness, drive, energy, charisma, etc. Humility rarely lands in the list when it comes to our modern, top-down management systems. But Jesus (the greatest leader ever) and Moses (perhaps the second) had this one thought in mind – great leaders don’t have power over people, but power under people by way of humility.
Humility may be a forgotten virtue in conversations about leadership today, but I believe it’s absolutely essential to having long-term, broad-range impact. Here are some reasons why…