Leadership

  • The Law of Buy-In: Leading Change

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? Exodus 24:1–7 It was a watershed day for everyone—a whole new life had begun! The Israelite's got off to a fresh start when they affirmed the covenant God had offered them. To make it work, however, they discovered they would have to change their lifestyles and shift their paradigms—and that would take shrewd leadership. Sometimes (as in the desert) the majority even wanted to return to Egypt! Peter Drucker helps us to learn from Moses about how to lead people into change, even in the wilderness: Lessons from the Wilderness 1. Magnify the...
  • SOLOMON AND THE LAW OF THE BIG MO

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? Momentum Is a Leader’s Best Friend 1 Kings 2:1–4:24 IT TAKES a leader to create momentum. Followers catch it. And managers are able to continue it once it has begun. But creating it requires someone who can motivate others, not one who needs to be motivated. Harry Truman once said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” For leaders, that statement should be changed to read, “If you can’t make some heat, get out of the kitchen.” All leaders face the challenge of creating change in an organization. Just...
  • ESTHER AND THE LAW OF TIMING

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? When to Lead Is As Important As What to Do and Where to Go Esther 4:6–17 WHEN THE RIGHT leader and the right moment come together, incredible things happen. Winston Churchill described it like this: “There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission—a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment he finds greatness. It is his finest hour.” Reading a situation and knowing what to do are not enough to make...
  • The Law of Addition: When People Are Esteemed, Relationships Are Redeemed

    (Proverbs 27:1–21) Leaders understand that people represent an organization’s most appreciable asset. No resource is more valuable than people. Therefore, people skills represent a leader’s most important attribute. Wise leaders practice the Law of Addition: Leaders add value to an organization by serving their people. This text presents some fundamentals on relationships. It teaches that if people are esteemed, relationships are redeemed. Leaders can learn at least the following principles from this chapter: 1. Don’t brag (vv. 1, 2)—Leaders understand how little they get from self-promotion. 2. Don’t envy (v. 4)—Leaders sabotage themselves if their motive is to keep up...
  • THE LAW OF THE PICTURE

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? Josiah: Outward Reform Begins with Inward Renewal 2 Kings 22:10–23:25 YOUNG KING Josiah is a classic example of the Law of the Picture. His leadership led to national reform in Israel, and he teaches us something today about how change occurs: Outward reform begins with inward renewal. In 2 Kings 22–23 we read of Josiah’s wholehearted devotion to God and his desire to lead the people well. He became king of Israel at the tender age of eight, if you can imagine that. His own spiritual passion began to influence the nation of...
  • Team Building: Leaders Are Brokers of Gifts

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? 1 Corinthians 12:4–31 Leaders aren't supposed to do all the work of the church, but are to effectively broker the talent on their team. Good teams use every gift and enjoy both unity and diversity. Consider Paul's philosophy of team building: 1. The team possesses a variety of gifts or positions, but pursues the same goal and God (vv. 4–6). 2. Everyone has a contribution to make which benefits the team (v. 7). 3. God is the source of each gift, so He deserves the glory (vv. 8–10). 4. God chooses who has...
  • 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,...

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