Category Archive for: Leadership

Week 29: Leaders Are Readers

I’ve often said that “leaders are readers” because readers of good books will become leaders. Knowledge that excels in application to any field or subject of study ultimately brings one to some position of “leadership.” A leader is someone who is out front or ahead of the crowd because they possess the necessary knowledge to…

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Week 28: Need or Want?

I grew up with a love for sleek, “muscle” cars. I loved the power and sound of the V8 engines. I still do. There’s one particularly I like and point it out to my wife every time I see it. It isn’t something I need to have, but definitely want it. The truth is, I…

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Week 27: Tyranny of the Urgent-2

Jesus managed the “tyranny of the urgent” by establishing the purpose and priorities of his existence. He healed all who were oppressed of the devil who came to him, but he didn’t heal ALL who were oppressed of the devil. His purpose and priority during his three-and-a-half years of public ministry wasn’t to feed ALL…

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Week 26: Tyranny of the Urgent-1

The disciples had a front row seat to watch how Jesus dealt with the “tyranny of the urgent.” Imagine the crowds, the immeasurable amount of unmet needs during the public ministry of Christ. How did the Lord manage the pressure? So much to do, so little time to do it. So he gave authority to…

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Week 25: The Power of “No”

The word “no” is the most powerful word in our language. It’s the first word learned and spoken by children. No! It’s the word required or implied to negotiate a fair and comprehensive deal if there’s to be an outcome of a win/win for either party. “No” is part of a leader’s life because they’re visionaries.…

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Week 24: Essential Skills for Communication-4

Speak the truth in love, not in a harsh tone. There is a time to show anger at some infraction worthy of being upset about. But be sure the anger is used constructively, not destructively. God gets angry at the wicked every day—but the difference between his anger and ours is that we lack all…

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Week 23: Essential Skills for Communication-3

Don’t allow the conversation to be one-sided. A conversation isn’t a conversation if it’s nothing more than a monologue (i.e., one person doing all the talking). Conversation is an “exchange” of thoughts, ideas, inspiration, information, etc. It’s feedback, iron sharpening iron. It’s “dialogue.” Paul instructed the church in Philippi, “Look not only to your own…

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Week 22: Essential Skills for Communication-2

Listen, even if you disagree. To display annoyance or anger at another’s differing views is to fulfill what Proverbs says, “A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an offense.”[1] There are two sides to any subject when it comes to opinions and convictions. We can’t avoid disagreement with people, nor…

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Week 21: Essential Skills for Communication-1

Don’t interrupt, finish a sentence, or rush the other person’s thoughts. This indicates that you don’t have time for them or care about what they have to say on the subject at hand. It’s also rude and insensitive. If, on the other hand, you have someone who doesn’t stop to take a breath, finish a…

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Week 20: Time and Honesty

In Genesis, Adam and Eve enjoyed open discourse with God until sin entered their souls and they hid themselves from him. Ever since the fall “hiding” has been a common trait in human relationships. Everyone employs a defense mechanism of “self-preservation” which began in our early childhood. Ever notice how shamelessly honest two-year olds are…

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