Leadership 101

simple insights for those in leadership

Quote of the Day :: 06.29.09

It is one of the fundamental jobs of a leader to make sure that the right people are in the right positions in an organization.

– Nancy Ortberg

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June 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 06.26.09

There is often an enormous disconnect between the vision of an organization and the events that make up the daily calendar pages of the organization’s leaders.

– Nancy Ortberg

June 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Quote of the Day :: 06.24.09

Defining moments are only as significant as the lifestyles they produce.

– Nancy Ortberg

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Tuesday Thots

“The 4 Stages of Leadership” by Tony Morgan

Lead by example. This is the type of leadership that is required when a new ministry launches. During this season, the leader has to do most of the work themselves. That happens out of necessity because no one else is around. It also happens to establish a foundation for the future. “Leading by doing” gives the leader the opportunity to shape the mission, vision, values and strategy of the church. These folks may not necessarily be gifted as leaders but they are in a positional leadership role. They are the “leaders of tens.” Ministries with this style of leadership can grow to about 100 people.

Lead other people. During this season, the leader recruits other people to join the ministry team. Rather than doing all the work on their own, the leader begins to delegate tasks and responsibilities to other people. The leader still owns the responsibility for making things happen, they’re just including other people in the effort. These are the “leaders of fifties.” Ministries can grow to several hundred people with this style of leadership.

Lead other leaders. This is when a transition happens where leaders begin to empower other leaders. Instead of a hands-on role where they’re on top of all the tasks, they shift to a role where they’re really more concerned about leading, caring for and raising up other leaders. They don’t give up responsibility for the outcome, but they begin to release team building and decisions of execution to other people. These are the “leaders of hundreds.” Ministries can grow to several thousand people with this style of leadership.

Lead by vision. At some point, there are leaders who may continue to embrace functional leadership of specific areas of ministry, but their focus is really on the overall health of the church. Rather than a ministry-specific focus, they have a global perspective that encompasses every aspect of the organization. These folks are leading other leaders, but they also have influence that reaches beyond their direct reports. They are coming alongside the senior leader to champion the vision that God has given the church. These are the “leaders of thousands.” Ministries can grow to tens of thousands of people with this style of leadership.

June 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 06.22.09

As leaders, we constantly need to determine whether something is a problem to be solved or a tension to be managed.

– Nancy Ortberg

June 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 06.19.09

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to be.

– Rosalynn Carter

June 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 06.17.09

The desire for safety stands against every noble human endeavor.

– Tacitus

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Thuesday Thots :: 06.16.09

The following is from Steven Furtick’s blog:

The Notes You Don’t Play

I heard a famous blues guitarist interviewed one time, and he was asked to share his opinion on a few other guitar players.  The guys in question were neo-classical shredders: they played really really fast-lots and lots of notes.

The blues legend made a funny face, thought for a second, and admitted:

“I’m not a big fan of that style.  When it comes to guitar solos, I’m a minimalist.  I think the notes you don’t play are the really important ones.  That way, the ones you do play really count.  They stick, man.”

This applies to leadership on so many levels:
Often, it’s the notes you don’t play that make the biggest impact.

The angry words you don’t speak.
The superfluous ministries you don’t do.
The sketchy staff members you don’t hire.
The mild compromises you don’t allow.
The detail oriented meetings you don’t sit in.

If you want to be heard more clearly, play less notes.  Make every one count.

June 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 06.15.09

One of the best gifts you can give to new leaders as you develop them is the freedom to learn from you, and then to do things their own way.

– Nancy Ortberg

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Quote of the Day :: 06.12.09

Because there are thousands of wonderful causes, we must do the work of determining what we will spend our great but limited resources of time, energy, and money on.

– Nancy Ortberg

June 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment