Self-Criticism vs. Self-Focus vs. Self-Awareness

Self-Criticism vs. Self-Focus vs. Self-Awareness

A. W. Tozer is credited with saying, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” And that may be true, but I would argue that what you think about YOU matters a great deal as well. A lot of us grew up with the...
The Overlooked Leadership Skill of Expressing Emotion

The Overlooked Leadership Skill of Expressing Emotion

I can still hear my old pastor, Rick Warren, reciting one of his many pieces of wisdom: Revealing your feelings is the beginning of healing. The trouble is, we often don’t know what we’re feeling. So many leaders grew up without being equipped with a...
You Can’t Work Through Exhaustion

You Can’t Work Through Exhaustion

When you hit a wall, sit down and rest. Katie Allred said it well on Facebook: You can’t overachieve your way through exhaustion. And yet we try. And trying can definitely contribute to leadership burnout. It may seem like Spirituality 101, but we were built for...
4 Desires of a Good Leader’s Heart

4 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...
God Has You Here for This Generation

God Has You Here for This Generation

When I was starting in ministry, I was very nostalgic and felt attached to the decades in which evangelicalism was thriving most easily in America, as if that were a better era in which to do ministry. Not only have I come to understand how that season was not a...
Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who you think you are matters more than you probably realize because, ultimately, you will become the person you believe yourself to be. There is that scene where Eeyore looks at his reflection in a pool of water and exclaims, “Pathetic.” Then he wanders...
Have a Better Year By Embracing the Process

Have a Better Year By Embracing the Process

New Year’s is magical for most of us. January 1 holds almost mystical powers for us. It’s okay. It’s a new year. All the stuff I wrecked and messed up this year is now in the past. And everything I meant to do but didn’t will certainly get accomplished this time...
20 Signs You’re Suffering from Leadership Burnout

20 Signs You’re Suffering from Leadership Burnout

The best solutions to the world’s worst problems will flow from healthy, Christlike, kingdom-minded leaders who initiate transformation around them through the power of love. But Christlike, kingdom-minded leaders are burning out. And as they do, the...

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