Leadership

Have an Enemy?

I have a good friend who has an enemy. Someone who is trying to discredit him and his ministry. Among other things, this foe created an anonymous website wherein he posts inflammatory blogs, lodges complaints and misconstrues incidents. Obviously, my friend is very...

It Was So Unfair

“You sent out emails to everyone on the Board and had a secret meeting without telling me!” exclaimed Michael. It was late at night and the Board meeting had been going on for three hours. Michael was having a heated exchange with Harold, a 45 year old Board member...

Do Successful Leaders Need Adversity?

Reflect for a moment. Have you heard these sayings before? “Stay the Course” “When the going gets tough the tough get going” “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again!” “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” I just heard a great sermon from my pastor Cal...

How to Take a Sabbatical

“…He (God) rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.” Genesis 2:2 “Stop the world. I want to get off!” He’d been thinking it for weeks, now he said it out oud. “It seems like there’s no end to the constant pressure of meetings, visitation...

Have You Heard of Mobbing?

Leadership storms come from many directions and sometimes all at once. Knowing the etiology can make a difference in both dealing with and preventing them. For Pastors and other ministry leaders, there is one conflict area that seems to consistently cause painful...

The Shelf-Life of a Leader

We all are well aware that groceries, medicine and a host of other things have a shelf life. Typically an expiration date on the packaging clues us in to when something will go bad. If you’re like me, especially when it comes to things like milk and bread, I always...

IQ, EQ,… OQ?

Many of us in the helping professions were encouraged when the concept of EQ, or emotional intelligence, was recognized as a valid way of understanding why some individuals were successful and others weren’t despite high IQ’s. Daniel Goldman’s research on EQ brought...

Getting the Leader You Need

When a large church lost their pastor they asked me to assist them in selecting a replacement. The first question I asked was, “What kind of leader do you need?” This caught their attention. We began the task by assessing where the church's growth life-cycle, current...

Family or a Team?

Many plateaued and declining churches today have staff, volunteers and leadership that interact more like families rather than teams. A family culture is one in which the leadership has evolved into a close-knit group of people where the common declaration is, “We are...