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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.

Blessing Mpofu shares why and how to create structures that encourage people to volunteer:

When leaders fail to create such an environment they stunt the growth of those they lead. Pastors and leaders can also rob the communities they serve of healthy churches that meet the needs around them.

Thus service is not only critical for those who serve, but also for those the church ought to reach. This means it is important to create ways for people to contribute both their time and talent in the life of the church. For their good and for the benefit of others as well.

Aubrey McGowan explains the relationship between your email and your leadership:

Before you read another leadership book, go to another conference or even pay someone like me to coach you… Before you do any of those things, you have to find a solution for one simple but important thing.
When you do, there is no doubt that the level of trust and influence that you have with your peers, coworkers, and/or employees will drastically increase.

If you desire to increase your influence (and I hope you do), this one thing may be stunting your growth.

What is it?

Email.

Brian Howard teaches you five keys to successful networking for leaders:

Networking may be the most valuable thing that a leader can do in today’s leadership culture.

I have spent my entire adult life networking, and now know thousands of people all over the world. Being part of and building a network brings multiple benefits. Here are a few…

Clarence Stowers on interest, commitment, leadership, and shiny objects:

Until recently, I’ve never heard of the shiny object syndrome. It’s the “syndrome” that causes one to be easily distracted by “shiny objects” and lose focus on the tasks at hand. You see it with parents overcommitting their kids. You see it in entrepreneurs starting several businesses at the same time. You see it in churches dabbling in everything except the main thing.

Are you interested, or are you committed?
How do you know the difference?
Why does it matter?

Ben Reed names the one thing that no leader can ever afford to neglect:

I was now being evaluated not based on the time I put in, but by the work I put out. My “grade” was built on the projects I completed. The leaders I recruited. The deadlines I hit. The goals I surpassed.

Being a “doer” by nature, I loved this. I loved tackling new initiatives, writing new curriculums, and building a team to help accomplish it all.

And now I had the flexibility to work from anywhere I chose: the office, a coffee shop, outside, or even my own house. It was amazing.

Until it wasn’t.

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