Category Archive for: Leadership

Week 19: Five Levels of Communication

In any level of leadership development, attention must be paid to how effective we are in our communication skills. This is more than just having the gift to gab, it’s having the ability to convey information, ideas, and meaning in order to gain a common understanding between parties. This doesn’t mean we agree with everything…

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Week 18: Leadership Criteria – Part Three

• Are you able to keep people focused on the main thing? The prime objective of Southwest Airlines was to keep their fares lower than any other airline. When members of the leadership base wanted to add food for the customers—instead of peanuts—the top level leaders said, “No, we’ll stick with peanuts.” That decision kept…

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Week 17: Leadership Criteria – Part Two

• Are you one who inordinately needs the applause and approval of others? What happens when a situation demands that the best decision for everyone involved in the mission is not the most popular decision and may disappoint the majority—including close friends? Will you be a God-pleaser or a man-pleaser? Do not be one who…

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Week 16: Leadership Criteria – Part One

For the next few weeks, we’ll examine standards of self-measurement for leadership criteria. Keep in mind as you read this that leaders grow in stature and aren’t born in complete stature. So whatever your shortcomings, Jesus will help you grow in them. If you’re familiar with the gospels, then recall and make note of an…

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Week 15: Late Bloomers & Fruit Bloomers

I was a “late-bloomer” when it came to my physical development—skinny, short, and with noodles for arms. Then in, my senior year of high school, the growth spurts finally kicked in and my height increased and my body filled out. Growing up, however, I had none of the physical requirements necessary for sports—consequently, always the…

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Week 14: Discouragement’s Test

Leaders are visionaries. They see what others do not. They speak of what others do not about what lays ahead. Passion for what they see resides in their hearts and they cannot rest until they see it to the end. To do so requires the buy-in of others. Leaders need human and financial resources to…

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Week 13: Not Many Mighty

In his letter to the Corinthian church, Paul provided insight into what makes a true leader. Something rarely considered by the carnal mind. He said, “think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise according to human standards; not many were influential (or mighty); not many were of noble…

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Week 12: Blending Natural and Spiritual

I cannot lead people if I can’t move them. Jesus moved people. He inspired them to a common purpose with a character that transcended the civil and spiritual leaders of his time. Nothing inspires and influences people more than “character.” Jesus exemplified that. No fault could be found in him; he was above reproach. It…

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Week 11: Catch & Release

Jesus promised his disciples that, if they followed him, he would make them fishers of men. Two things come to mind with this statement that is vital to leadership. First, Jesus invited them into his life—not a cause, but a person … himself. Second, his followers would become the “lure” to attract other fish to…

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Week 10: Moral Determination

But Daniel resolved [purposed in his heart] that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore, he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.                                 …

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