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Leadership Promises - John C. Maxwell

 

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Are You a Whole Person?

"God hates cheating in the marketplace;  He loves it when business is aboveboard."  Proverbs 11:1 (The Message)

A person with integrity does not have divided loyalties (that's duplicity), nor is he or she merely pretending (that's hypocrisy). People with integrity are "whole" people; they can be identified by their single-mindedness. People with integrity have nothing to hide and nothing to fear. Their lives are open books. V. Gilbert Beers says, "A person of integrity is one who has established a system of values against which all of life is judged."more...

Leaders Touch a Heart Before They Ask for a Hand

"Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying: 'What share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! Now, see to your own house, O David!' So Israel departed to their tents."  1 Kings 12:16

A leader can't connect with people when he is only communicating among groups; he must connect with individuals. The stronger the relationship and connection between individuals, the more likely the follower will help the leader. Successful leaders always initiate; they take the first step and make the effort to continue building relationships.more...

When You Fail, Fail Forward

"Then he began to curse and swear, saying, 'I do not know the Man!' Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, 'Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.' So he went out and wept bitterly."  Matthew 26:74-75more...

When You Fail, Fail Forward

"Then he began to curse and swear, saying, 'I do not know the Man!' Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, 'Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.' So he went out and wept bitterly."  Matthew 26:74-75

Everybody fails, errs, and makes mistakes. You've heard the saying "To err is human, to forgive, divine." Alexander Pope wrote that over 250 years ago. And he was only paraphrasing an ancient saying that was common during the time of the Romans. Recently I came across something called "Rules for Being Human." I think several of these describe well the state we're in:more...

Connect With Your Leadership Heritage

"So all Israel was recorded by genealogies, and indeed, they were inscribed in the book of the kings of Israel. But Judah was carried away captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness."     1 Chronicles 9:1more...

Connect With Your Leadership Heritage

"So all Israel was recorded by genealogies, and indeed, they were inscribed in the book of the kings of Israel. But Judah was carried away captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness."  1 Chronicles 9:1

The first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles furnish a genealogy of Israel's leaders-almost a third of the book! The enormous space given to these ancestral lists illustrates the vast importance of heritage to a Hebrew leader. Our generation and culture seem to place a much lower value on tradition and family stock than others did in history. What do we learn from the lineages of Jewish leaders?more...

What Do Your People Want?

"Then I returned and considered all the oppression that is done under the sun: And look! The tears of the oppressed, but they have no comforter - on the side of their oppressors there is power, but they have no comforter . . . again, I saw that for all toil and every skillful work a man is envied by his neighbor. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind. The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh. Better a handful with quietness than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind. Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun: There is one alone, without companion: he has neither son nor brother. Yet there is no end to all his labors, nor is his eye satisfied with riches. But he never asks, 'For whom do I toil and deprive myself of good?' This also is vanity and a grave misfortune." Ecclesiastes 4:1, 4-8more...

Call in the Reserves

"After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place where He was about to go." Luke 10:1 (NIV)more...

In Steps a Leader

"Then David said to Abigail: 'Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with  my own hand'." 1 Samuel 25:32-33more...

Model the Way

"It takes more than talk to keep workers in line; mere words go in one ear and out the other." Proverbs 29:19 (The Message)more...

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