May 30, 2023

Leaders are stewards: The question is what are you stewarding and for whom?


Most would acknowledge that leaders are stewards. By definition, stewardship means that we look after the interests of someone or something else rather than ourselves. However, what we are stewarding and for whom requires some deep thinking and regular realignment because it is easy to get this wrong. We can inadvertently steward the wrong thing! This is true whether you lead a team or an...

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Apr 27, 2023

When boards ignore the obvious, people get hurt


Here is a scenario that I have seen repeated too often. The board of a large church asked me for help regarding conflict between the senior leader and two other leaders who had just been fired, causing an uproar in the congregation.

I discovered that there were at least six staff members who had been fired or left the church on their own accord in the past two years. I asked the board if they (or...

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Apr 26, 2023

The Five Responsibilities of every Leader


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Apr 24, 2023

The Practices of Leaders of Deep Influence


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Apr 20, 2023

Don't allow these issues to derail your leadership


It is possible to have significant leadership skills and still undermine one's own leadership. And this is not only a risk for young leaders but often for leaders who have seen significant success. Here are some of the ways that leaders can sabotage their leadership, and even destroy it.

Ego. This should be obvious but it isn't always! Success breeds confidence and that confidence can cause us to...

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Apr 19, 2023

The gift of irritating questions that disrupt the conversation and current assumptions


Have you ever been in a team or board conversation when someone asks the kind of question that disrupts the whole dialogue? It happens when everyone is operating off one set of assumptions and one individual challenges those assumptions which brings the conversation to a standstill. These are golden moments because they force the common assumption to be examined and the disruptive and often...

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Apr 18, 2023

Expectations of others and the role they play in our leadership paradigms

Those who lead inherit expectations from their team or organization. Some of those expectations are critical: Building healthy teams; serving one's staff; removing barriers; clarifying what is important and so on. All supervisors and leaders have an unwritten contractwith those they lead around these key issues. Leaders ought to pay close attention to those leadership traits that promote clarity,...

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