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.

Kelly Sundsvold on the dangers of lukewarm leadership:

When “status quo” becomes the new hipster trend…

When singing “set a fire down in my soul” barely brings the water to a weak simmer…

When the Sunday worship time becomes more like a robotic Christian top 10 countdown….

…there may be a need for a prayerful revival, revamp, and refocus on what God’s will is for the music ministry.

The team will only rise to the level of the leader. If the leader is lukewarm, and mentally checked out, it travels through the whole team. This can produce a dangerous side effect…

Laura Copeland teaches you five questions church leaders should use for self-examination and burnout prevention:

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I’ve found a regular practice of personal examination and reflection on what God is up to in my life is essential to staying healthy in ministry. Whether it’s helping me stay closely connected to Jesus during the good times (and away from coasting or relying on myself), or helping me catch the early signs of burnout during the not-so-good times. Here are the questions I regularly ask myself…

Matt Adair shares four common qualities in great leaders:

What do great leaders have in common?

As you lead – or help other people grow as leaders – keep these four things in mind.

Lolly Daskal lists nine keys to effective servant leadership:

Richard is and will always be a servant leader, a man who leads from within. The people who interact with him every day can vouch for that.

But he is also human.

Sometimes he cannot be there the way he wants to be. That fact of life was causing him to feel less successful as a servant leader, when in truth he is the best kind: an imperfect person with a perfect giving heart.

With the right attitudes and actions, the rest of us imperfect humans can also be effective servant leaders.

Here’s how…

Aubrey McGowan explains three things that can’t be allowed to grow within your team:

You need the trust of your team. With it you can pour a maximum amount of energy and resources into your most critical mission. Without it you waste precious finite resources chasing dysfunction and disunity.

Leaders of dynamic organizations don’t have extra resources to waste.

If you are serious about cultivating a culture of trust, you are likely already pouring a lot of resources into your people. It would be a shame to invest your best into a harvest only to let weeds come up and choke it before it’s ripe. Here are three poisonous weeds guaranteed to destroy your culture of trust.

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