7 Spiritual Challenges for Imperfect Leaders

7 Spiritual Challenges for Imperfect Leaders

Recently, I had a phone call with a young leader convinced he was no longer qualified to lead because he’d messed up in a way that pretty much every man on the planet has messed up repeatedly. This morning, I received an email from a Pastor wanting to know if he...
5 Marks of a Mature Leader

5 Marks of a Mature Leader

Your body’s physical maturity typically peaks in early adulthood, but your spiritual maturity will keep growing even into eternity. If you serve in any leadership capacity for very long, you’re going to have to grow in maturity over time to be able to...
The Right Decision is Better Than a Quick Decision

The Right Decision is Better Than a Quick Decision

If you aspire to lead an organization with greater confidence, you’ve no doubt felt the pressure to be the bold decision maker – the one out front ready to charge into the fray. The problem is, sometimes we charge ahead, ignoring the pitfalls, traps, and...
Growth is Change, and Change Starts with the Leader

Growth is Change, and Change Starts with the Leader

Organizations that change, grow. Organizations that won’t change, won’t grow. That’s because growth is change. By its very definition, growth takes place when things change, and only when things change. Different organizations need to change in...
4 Passionate Desires of a Good Leader's Heart

4 Passionate Desires of a Good Leader's Heart

I completely agree with Ken Blanchard, author of Lead Like Jesus, that the greatest leader in all of history is Jesus. My faith convictions about him being the Son of God and Savior of the world aside, his organization should have died long ago if judged only in...
Great Leaders Are Great Listeners

Great Leaders Are Great Listeners

What qualities does a great leader possess? Talent? Charisma? Confidence? Typically, great leaders are smart. They’re good connectors. They’re good decision makers and, even more importantly, decision managers. In most of our thinking about great...
Why There Should Never Be Another Bored Christian

Why There Should Never Be Another Bored Christian

Some of the best advice I received when we first started planting Grace Hills came from Todd West, who planted Oasis Church in North Little Rock. Todd said, “Don’t give people positions. Give them a project. Then, give them another project. If...
The ONE Big Key to Becoming a Successful Person

The ONE Big Key to Becoming a Successful Person

One key? Is that even possible? Many of the books I’ve read and the speakers I’ve listened to have listed out way more than one key. Napoleon Hill’s Keys to Success offers 17 Principles of Personal Achievement. Grant Cardone teaches about a dozen...
8 Gifts to "Pour Into" the Leaders You're Developing

8 Gifts to "Pour Into" the Leaders You're Developing

It’s great to be “pouring into” people. That’s a popular phrase in today’s leadership environment. I’ve used it because I like the word picture of it. Whatever I may have learned about life and leadership, I’m supposed to be passing along to others. But...

The Power of Brutally Honest Self-Evaluation

I don’t always like the truth. That doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with truth. It means there’s something deficient in me. What I do like… is comfort. I like to feel like things are okay. And there’s at least a 70% chance...