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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.

Ben Reed lists ten things that small group leaders shouldn’t be doing:

There’s a lot of talk about what small groups need to look like. How they need to be structured, what they need to study, and where they need to go.

Through all of this, group leaders can become overwhelmed. Group leaders want to have a healthy group, and instead of adding more to their plate, it’s time to start taking things away. There are tasks that are killing your group. And killing you, too.

Cliff Lambert shares five things you can do to fight for your team:

An effective leader will fight for their team. A team who serves with a sense of being inspired, protected and valued will be successful and committed. Here are 5 ways to champion your team as a leader.

Steve Keating on the dangerous combination of leadership and assumptions:

I had assumed a whole bunch of stuff. It was in that moment that I learned one of the biggest leadership lessons of my high school years: NEVER ASSUME, never, never, never.

Leaders can’t afford to assume anything about anything. They certainly can’t afford to assume anything about anyone. Making assumptions about people can be a leader’s biggest mistake because people will very often surprise you.

Sam Rainer shares three ways a leader should respond to someone who resists change:

Bold change almost always raises questions from people. Getting mad at people who raise the questions does nothing to help move them through the process of change. Yet a leader’s visceral reaction to these questions is often anger. I’ll admit I’m guilty! And it’s wrong, a leadership flaw, arguably sinful in many cases.

So what can you do in the moment when questions fly your way? How can a church leader quell the knee-jerk anger to questions about change?

Paul Sohn lists twenty questions that every church leader should use for a self-assessment:

The question isn’t “Are we leaders?” We all are. We lead in some way or fashion in the five circles of influence (self, family, team, organization, community). The better way question is, “What kind or type of leader are we?”

Leadership expert Oswald Sanders has done us a great service. Here’s 20 questions to help you determine whether or not you’re an (effective) leader. Honestly rate how you fare in these questions.

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