Leadership Roundup

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.

Charles Stone lists some things leaders should look for in a confidant:

In a previous blog post I wrote about how many pastors suffer with relational anorexia. Pastors can find a cure for this devastating issue when we seek out and find people with whom we can process the pain ministry inevitably brings. As you consider the traits you’d look for in a safe person, consider these Scriptures and the guidelines they infer, because these people are often difficult to spot.

Steve Keating on the importance of earning trust as a leader:

Congratulations on having a big shot sounding title or a lofty position at some company. I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you’ve worked hard to earn your position and I’m also going to give you some advice: don’t screw it up.

Don’t screw it up by assuming that any title or position can make you a leader. Positions don’t make someone a leader and neither does a title. Saying you’re a leader doesn’t make you a leader either.

In fact there is only one thing that can truly make you a leader…

Justin Trapp explains how to transform good volunteers into strong leaders:

It happens all the time…You have a member of your church who is an awesome volunteer so you ask them to be a leader of a ministry, and they struggle…

They were a phenomenal volunteer but not a great leader…

Allstar “do-ers” don’t make great leaders.

They are uniquely different roles we should be aware of when promoting or hiring people on your team.

Here are 3 keys to helping your great producers turn into great leaders…

Duke DeJong teaches you how to build volunteer team without being a recruiter:

Truth be told, being needy can be more of a turnoff for artists, as a fear of being “sucked in” or becoming over-committed can set in at the thought of being needed. But as I dig into this shift we needed to make, I realized nearly all artists want four things. They want to be connected to a community, feel like their art makes a difference, know what the greater mission is, and have a clear role in achieving it. These four concepts literally changed how I did ministry, and how I began building successful teams.

Brandon Cox lists some important ways to invest in the people you lead:

And the second obstacle is that I don’t think we’ve clearly defined what it is we need to be pouring into the leaders we’re developing. Does that mean having coffee and chatting about life? Does it mean walking through a training course or workbook? I think the answer lies somewhere in between those two options.

There are at least eight gifts I hope to pour into the people I’m leading, and I hope they pass these gifts along to others too.

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