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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 reveals a quick and easy way to identify a potential leader among strangers:

I’ve worked with national level leaders and creative people for a long time and sometimes I’ll be with a group I haven’t met personally. In those situations I’m always curious about who has the most experience, knowledge, wisdom, and vision, because that’s the person I want to get to know. And I’ve discovered a method that’s almost foolproof for quickly discovering that person within the group…

Ed Underwood explains why church leadership isn’t always neat and tidy:

It’s easy to celebrate the proficiency of exacting leadership in church communities.

Vision statements crisply define the boundaries the community stays within as all move forward toward a common objective.

Values clearly answer the question, “What are we about as a church?”

Systems are in place to guide ministries and protocols anticipate emergencies, issues, and tensions.

The buttoned-down, excel-sheeted, finely tuned machine projects confidence, and the leaders write blogs that other leaders admire and speak at conferences where other leaders take notes.

Church history and seasoned experience tell a different story.

Judah Thomas shares one of the key elements of great leadership:

In the last few decades there have been enough leadership books written to fill an entire library. However many of those books neglect perhaps the most powerful leadership principle there is. In fact, I think it is safe to say that if you just implement this one principle you are well on your way to becoming a great leader. It’s also one of the only leadership principles that Jesus specifically taught us.

Dan Black on why leaders need to diligent about their “behind the scenes” work:

To be a successful leader you must be outstanding with both the frontend and backend of your leadership role. Let’s discuss the functions within those two areas.

The frontend of your leadership role is about taking charge, navigating, casting vision, influencing people so they produce results, developing people, building and maintaining relationships, empowering, being a change agent, etc. These are the roles which typically fuel a leader and are the most enjoyable to do. Most leaders already perform well within the frontend of leadership. The other side, the backend, is where a leader can have a difficult time…

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