Category Archive for: Leadership

Week 49: Leaders and PTSD

I’m going to insert a parenthetical thought in this series I’ve begun about bio-chemicals and our relationships to others. It’s called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Something I’ve struggled with after 40-plus years of ministry. Last week I introduced the subject of the stress hormone called cortisol—a chemical triggered by the stimulation of amygdalae (ah-mig-dah-lye) located…

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Week 48: Leader Take Care of Yourself

Last week we touched on four biological chemicals that God designed to create positive moods—i.e., endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. Understanding how these chemicals impact the social interaction between leaders and community serves a great purpose. Let’s recap. Endorphins­—mask our pain in response to stress or fear. Its purpose: physical survival. Dopamine—incentivizes us to accomplish…

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Week 47: Chemically Designed by God

I read a book, recently, that introduced me to the subject of biological chemicals in our bodies that controls behavior and moods.[1] Among them are four primary “happy” chemicals that cause positive feelings, a sense of well-being. They are: endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. This information gave me greater insight into how the function of…

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Week 46: Signs of an Autocratic Spirit

Upon reading the last two blogs about “needing to be needed,” one reader became concerned they might be such a person without knowing it. They asked for more symptoms or signs. Since needing to be needed as a leader can be an autocratic trait, let’s address some other traits. First, we live in a world that…

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Week 45: Beware of Needing to Needed – Part 2

The father of the prodigal let his son “go his own way.” He allowed him to learn the lessons of life without interference. Once learned, the prodigal returned to a merciful, loving father who never berated or shamed him for his folly. Instead, he welcomed him back as his child, to pick up where they…

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Week 44: Beware of Needing to be Needed – Part 1

Some spiritual leaders, not all, grew up under controlling, legalistic (spiritual or natural) parents when they were young Christians. Ironically, when they became older in the Lord, some or most looked to be under the same type of authority without realizing it. They also then, by the example of their spiritual leaders, became dysfunctional leaders…

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Week 43: Dark Horse Potential

Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to [confound] the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to [confound] the strong.” —1 Corinthians 1:26-27  (NIV) This title speaks to the ability in a…

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Week 42: Integrity-Your Greatest Asset

The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out. He who winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin. —Proverbs 10:9-10 (NIV) Integrity is a leader’s greatest asset when it comes to inspiring others to follow. Valuable because it’s a rare commodity in a fallen…

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Week 41: Palm Tree or Oak?

When I lived in the Florida panhandle, we experienced frequent hurricanes every year. Among the two most prominent trees throughout Florida—the palm tree and the oak—the oak stood the best chance of surviving the storms. Many times, I saw fully-developed palm trees hauled on trucks to places they were planted to adorn homes, hotels, neighborhoods…

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Week 40: Obedience in the Small Things

“Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will…

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