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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Leadership Skills and Style

"Leadership is an art, something to be learned over time, not simply by reading books."- Max DePree
Leadership Is an Art
If leadership, like DePree says, is truly a form of art, then there are definitely different levels and types of leadership.  I may become absorbed with the the leadership style demonstrated by a young adult or men's ministry pastor and sort of thrown off by the youth or children's pastor and his leadership style.  Each may be a leader by position but each also may have a different way of approaching their craft.

Lead Like Jesus: Lessons from the Greatest Leadership Role Model of All Time
I find that Christian leadership has some basics that include what should matter in the "real world," too.  Those in ministry leadership positions may very well be empowered and entrusted to lead.  However, if they are not equipped to lead, then the ministry itself suffers.

Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know
Ministry leadership should always:
  • Involve People: Gather those who are willing.  Do not call a meeting to run down a list of who is not here and wondering why Brother Smith didn't show up.  Don't do that.  Call people together with an agenda and some actions in mind and on paper.  Include a sign-up sheet for special task teams, too.  Go forward and get people involved.
Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge (J-B Leadership Challenge: Kouzes/Posner)
Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God's Agenda

Strength to Love

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