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Leadership

Thoughts and insights on how to be a better leader.

leadership development

By Leadership

Mac Lake serves as the Development Pastor at Seacoast Church, a church with 13 campuses. He writes a blog focused on leadership development.  Below is a good remind of topics we need to continually come back to as we develop the leaders around us. What are you trying to accomplish when doing leadership development at your church? You say, “build leaders of course!” While that’s true, I believe it’s time for us to reconsider and expand the focus of our leadership development efforts. Too often our training efforts are aimed solely at preparing someone to execute the mechanics of a volunteer ministry position. But what could happen if we trained people not simply for a position but to live a lifestyle of biblical leadership? What if the leadership development efforts of our churches equipped people to be better managers, supervisors, coaches, vice-presidents or business owners? Keep in mind, the people…

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leading at a higher level

By Leadership

I recently started reading “Leading at a Higher Level” by Ken Blanchard and associates.  It’s about how to create high-performing organizations.  They outline the flow of leadership this way: self-leadership > one-on-one leadership > team leadership > organizational leadership. Here’s my quick run-down … Without self-leadership, the other levels of leadership will break down.  Self-leadership is the ability to “practice what you preach.”  At this level, leaders develop an internal compass that forms the backbone of decisions and actions.  While it’s possible to assume greater levels of responsibility without self-leadership, it’s not sustainable.  In positions that require a high level of trust, a leader who lacks an internal compass will not do the things that foster trust and respect. One-on-one leadership is the ability to effectively lead another person towards a specific end or goal.  This requires the ability to adapt your leadership style to the needs of the individual. …

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how do innovators think?

By Church Planting, Leadership

Read this morning an article entitled, “How Do Innovators Think?” from the Harvard Business Review.  Since I may never go to school at Harvard, at least I can read their journals.  This one paragraph struck me as important — for business types, pastors, parents, etc: If you look at 4-year-olds, they are constantly asking questions and wondering how things work. But by the time they are 6 ½ years old they stop asking questions because they quickly learn that teachers value the right answers more than provocative questions. High school students rarely show inquisitiveness. And by the time they’re grown up and are in corporate settings, they have already had the curiosity drummed out of them. 80% of executives spend less than 20% of their time on discovering new ideas. Unless, of course, they work for a company like Apple or Google. Flash back to the past: During my teenage…

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learn vs initiate

By Leadership

Another Seth Godin gem: ********** The initiator “I’m just here to learn.” Learning is fine. Listening is good. Consensus is natural. But initiating is rare and valuable and essential. How often do you or your brand initiate rather than react? How often do you tweet instead of retweet? Invent rather than exploit?

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