There are ALWAYS warning signs. It hardly ever comes as a complete surprise. Team members begin backing away. Meetings lose energy and focus. Complaints rise. Morale falls. Then one day it becomes painfully clear – something isn’t working. Here are 4 warning signs that your leadership isn’t working…
Negative tension is a strain on a team, but positive tension will stretch a team. The object is to rid a team of negative tension and foster an environment for positive tension. How is that done? The leader must immediately deal with the negative and never allow it to grow. I call this process the Barney Fife model, “Nip it in the bud.”
At times, I vacillate between being frustrated at God and being angry with myself. I feel relief, and then I feel guilt for feeling relief. At the last Sunday evening gathering, as everyone enjoyed food and games and being together, I ran upstairs, locked myself in my bathroom, and sobbed for twenty minutes. Already my relationships with my wife and children are better off for my decision, but that just means I was messing it up before, I tell myself.
I just found my notes from Hans Finzel's book - a must-read for any pastor / church leader. Just in case you're like me and already have 3-4 books going at this moment and don't really have time or energy to add another book to the list - here are the 'cliff-notes' version: (Don't miss #9 - it's my favorite!)
Longevity is not leadership. Leadership is leadership. And longevity is longevity. Don’t get me wrong – I love hearing about leaders who launch organizations and serve them for 20, 30, or 40 years. But does tenure make great leaders?
You are not leading if you are not developing new leaders. Simply developing followers who flesh out your ideas and implement your vision won’t cut it. Having followers is not the defining characteristic of leadership. At its very core, leadership facilitates change. After all, if you are not leading people and teams toward change, what are you leading them to do? To be?