Leadership Lessons to Live By: Six Reasons Why Leadership Fails

Nobody craves failure. Especially not leaders. But why don’t leaders achieve the kind of success they desire? More significantly, why do leaders fail? Whether you lead a small church, a massive organization, or a family, here are six reasons why leadership fails.

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Leadership Lessons To Live By: How to Avoid Burnout

Dave was an amazing pastor. He could do just about anything. He had a blazing intellect, and could exposit a passage like you wouldn’t believe. His skills in counseling were outstanding. He did amazing things with the youth group and children’s program. Attendance grew under his leadership. He launched new programs and carried out the vision of the church in a way that no pastor had done before him. When it finally happened, no one saw it coming.

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Leadership Lessons To Live By: The Three Unlikely Secrets of Effective Leadership

 

“Leadership” conjures up ideas of authority, commands, oversight, and supervision. In modern practice, that’s precisely what it is. Christians, however, should take their leadership cues from the Bible — from Jesus who modeled servant leadership, not authoritarianism. When we peel back the stuff of leadership — all the commands, directives, and administration — we discover some of the unlikely secrets of effective leadership.

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How to Be a Tyrant

Have you ever experienced a church or organization where you’re led by a bully? Your leader is like the overgrown kid at the playground who derives glee from shoving around smaller kids. He’s the leader, and he’s in control. He’s mean. He’s tough. I wish I were just painting a caricature, or indulging in a bit of overstatement, but I’m not. There are such leaders — even Christian leaders and pastors. This is the pastor who controls his church with an iron fist, and declares, “Well, if you don’t like my church, you can just leave!” They are tyrants.

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Real Leaders Are Accessible

We are in an age of  hero worship. We think that bigger is better. Real leaders are larger than life. The “successful pastor” is one whose congregation has crested 3,000, whose book has edged into the top seller list on Amazon, and whose blog is cruising along with 425,919 subscribers. This leader has thousands of Twitter followers, and is about to make a Facebook fan page for himself. He is getting invited to speak at conferences, and he even wears designer jeans with graphic Ts. This leader has truly arrived. What does he lack?

Possibly, he lacks accessibility.

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Four Essential Qualities of an Effective Christian Leader

What does it take to become an effective Christian leader? What are those essential skills and traits for improving your effectiveness in your church or organization? You’ve probably heard it before: develop confidence, live with integrity, ra-ra, bla bla. Those qualities are important of course, but what does it actually mean? What do you do? There are no easy three-step solutions. However, there are a simple changes that you can take in your daily life that will dramatically improve your power as a leader.

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Secrets of Effective Leaders: Leaders Are Listeners

As leaders, we are expected to lead. Which means we talk. A lot. Pastors do this. Even when they’re not preaching, they’re preaching. Personal conversations, counseling sessions, and even family devotions can easily morph into Sunday-style sermonizing. Speaking to others or preaching, as necessary and life-changing as it is, can actually be the a leader’s weakness, especially if it’s done to the neglect of active, intentional, and careful listening.

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Leadership Lessons To Live By: God’s Ways Are Higher Than Yours

Our lack of confidence resides in our inability to trust the Lord. Our failure to trust Him stems from our fear of losing control. Control births the very nature that leads us to impulsively steward our lives into a direction we often deem appropriate. Many times this course is way off, leading to frustration, doubt, and a misunderstanding of God’s provision and plan.

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Leadership Lessons To Live By: God’s Will For Your Ministry In This Coming Year!

The effectiveness of New Year’s resolutions can be debated.  No matter how determined you are, if you are not prone to a life of routine, you would be hard pressed to live up to any set New Year’s expectations you might have. On a personal level this might suffice, but as a leader of your church or ministry, you have to be the frontrunner who sets the bar high, and throughout the year maintains that mark. If you are anxious about what this new year might bring, then you are not alone! See what God’s will for your ministry looks like!

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Leadership Lessons To Live By: Why I Will Praise Him In The Storm

Leadership Lessons To Live By

Learn how to remain steadfast in times of trouble, and to rejoice in the Lord, even in the midst of tribulation. Praising God in the storm is easier said than done. Yet when we are drowning in the storms of life, we cling to God for refuge, and in most cases, we are drawn into a closer relationship with Him. It is in the times of utter hopelessness that we turn to God and seek His face more than ever. Why is that? What is the determining factor that pushes our devotion time into overdrive as soon as trouble comes our way?

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