Leadership

  • Leaders Are Brokers of Gifts

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? Leaders Are Brokers of Gifts Romans 12:6–8 Paul describes seven spiritual gifts, distributed to different members in the body of Christ. Like any good leader, he recognizes his role as a broker of gifts, talents, and resources. He urges everyone to discover, develop, and distribute his or her gift. Every resource God provides should be in use. Every believer is a steward of the abilities he or she has been given. Every leader is a manager whose goal should be to maximize everyone’s gift. The list of gifts in Romans 12 is not...
  • Esau Fails to See the Big Picture

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? VISION Esau Fails to See the Big Picture Genesis 25:29–34; 32:3–23; 33:1–20 IN ESAU the Bible paints a powerful picture of a leader without vision. While the eyes of some folks may be larger than their stomachs, in this case the problem was exactly the opposite. Isaac and Rebekah’s firstborn son, Esau, loved the great outdoors from very early in life. He became a skillful hunter, growing strong and resourceful and as rugged as they come. But he lived so completely in the present, depending solely on his own strength and resources, that...
  • A Leader’s Lasting Value Is Measured by Succession

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? JESUS AND THE LAW OF LEGACY A Leader's Lasting Value Is Measured by Succession Matthew 28:16–20 JUST ABOUT anybody can make an organization look good for a moment—by launching a flashy new program or product, drawing crowds to a big event, or slashing the budget to boost the bottom line. But leaders who leave a legacy take a different approach. They lead with tomorrow as well as today in mind. When all is said and done, your ability as a leader will be judged by how well your people and your organization did...
  • Great Mentors Change Lives

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? When God Chooses a Leader (Exodus 2:11–4:20) Moses provides a wonderful case study on how God calls a leader out of a crowd to perform an assignment. 1. God gives the leader an emotional investment in the work. Moses “bought into” the idea of freeing the Hebrews from bondage even before God called him to the task. 2. God affirms the leader through others. When Moses told Jethro about his encounter at the burning bush, his father-in-law affirmed him. 3. God gives the leader mentors. Moses asked for and received help from Jethro,...
  • SELF-DISCIPLINE

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? Travel on the Inside First (Numbers 33:1–49) WE MUST travel on the inside before we can travel on the outside, because the journey of growth and success is first an internal one. The first person you lead is you—and you can’t lead effectively without self-discipline. If only the Israelites had remembered this lesson! Numbers 33 provides a review of the entire exodus journey, from Egypt to Jordan. And, boy, was it ever a journey! Tons of manna. Far too much grumbling. And it lasted 40 years. Why didn’t the Israelites get to the...
  • The Law of Magnetism- Effective Leaders

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? THE LAW OF MAGNETISM Elijah and Elisha Cut from the Same Cloth (2 Kings 2:1–15) EFFECTIVE LEADERS are always on the lookout for good people. Each of us carries around a mental list of what kind of people we would like in our organization. Believe it or not, whom you get is not determined by what you want, but by who you are. In most situations, you draw people who possess the same qualities you do. It is possible for a leader to go out and recruit people unlike himself, but it’s crucial...
  • Leaders Touch a Heart Before They Ask for a Hand

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? REHOBOAM AND THE LAW OF CONNECTION Leaders Touch a Heart Before They Ask for a Hand 1 Kings 12:1–24 A LEADER can’t connect with people only when he is communicating to groups; he must connect with individuals. The stronger the relationship and connection between individuals, the more likely the follower will want to help the leader. Some leaders have problems because they believe that followers must take the responsibility to connect. But successful leaders always initiate. They take the first step and then make the effort to continue building relationships. When a leader...
  • LEADERSHIP INTUITION

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? Leaders Evaluate Everything with a Leadership Bias (Exodus 18:1–24) LEADERSHIP INTUITION often separates the greatest leaders from the merely good ones. Some people are born with great leadership intuition; others have to work hard to develop and hone it. But however it evolves, the result is a combination of natural ability and learned skills. This informed intuition makes crucial issues jump out at the leader, enabling him or her to get a handle on intangible factors, understand them, and work with them to accomplish leadership goals. Successful leaders see every situation in terms...
  • THE LAW OF MAGNETISM

    Elijah and Elisha Cut from the Same Cloth 2 Kings 2:1–15 EFFECTIVE LEADERS are always on the lookout for good people. Each of us carries around a mental list of what kind of people we would like in our organization. Believe it or not, whom you get is not determined by what you want, but by who you are. In most situations, you draw people who possess the same qualities you do. It is possible for a leader to go out and recruit people unlike himself, but it’s crucial to recognize that people who are different will not naturally be...
  • The foundation of every act of a leader

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? As a leader in your organization, how much impact do you have on its performance? Probably more than you know. You may have been a leader for many years now, or recently promoted. Your organization may be a for-profit business or a church organization. It may be a not-for-profit community service organization or a local sporting organization. It matters not. What matters is that your leadership of your organization will directly impact the results you get. It has been said that people get the results that they deserve. If leaders are not getting...

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