Words Shape the Future

Words Shape the Future

Words shape the future. Whether we’re talking about written words or spoken words, the fact is families, churches, governments, nations tend to move in some direction because of words that are spoken by a leader or by a parent or by a teacher. Words move the world....
The Greatest Test of Character You’ll Ever Face as a Leader

The Greatest Test of Character You’ll Ever Face as a Leader

If you’re going to be a great leader, you’re going to have to pass some big tests. It comes with the territory. You’ll walk through loss and loneliness. You’ll be questioned and criticized. You’ll lead through adversity and obstacles. But...
Overcoming Three Big Leadership Fears

Overcoming Three Big Leadership Fears

I’m a leader. And it’s likely that you are too, whether you’re in an officially recognized leadership position or not. Leadership is influence, and it’s pretty much guaranteed you’re influencing people – employees, kids, a spouse, a...
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...
When You’re Ready to Start a Blog, Start with Why

When You’re Ready to Start a Blog, Start with Why

Every leader needs to be blogging in this social economy. And when you start doing a little research about how to start a blog, you’ll inevitably come across hundreds of blog posts, ebooks, and resources suggesting that the first three steps to starting a blog...

The Problem with Both Talent and Charisma

Talent and charisma aren’t bad. They’re good. They’re gifts to be stewarded. In the Bible, Joseph and Daniel are two striking examples of both attributes and how God uses them to put us in places of expanding influence. The problem, however, with...
5 Thoughts About Spending Your Leadership Equity Wisely

5 Thoughts About Spending Your Leadership Equity Wisely

When you walk into a leadership opportunity, you go with a little bit of equity by virtue of your position and the inevitable honeymoon period during which those you lead will let you get by with just a bit more than they will a decade later, but you have to be very...
Can You Share Your Vision in An Elevator Speech?

Can You Share Your Vision in An Elevator Speech?

There are often crucial moments when we have an opportunity to be vision-casters with people, one-on-one. It may be a car ride making a visit, coffee with a fellow member, or a staff meeting with five extra minutes at the end. It begs the question, could I state my...
It's Easier NOT to Lead

It's Easier NOT to Lead

Leadership is a hot topic with plenty of aspiring and hopeful people clamoring for success in its arena. But the reality is that it’s easier NOT to lead. When we aspire to leadership, we envision the good stuff – the people who will look to us for...
5 Ways to Encourage Another Leader

5 Ways to Encourage Another Leader

Everyone needs a Paul and a Timothy (or several of each). That is, we all need to be learning from mentors and mentoring learners. There is always someone ahead of us and always someone just behind us. It is the role and responsibility of a leader to give another...

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