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Leadership Promises - John C. Maxwell

 

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Initiate Using Intuition

"Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), 'How long will your journey be? And when will you return?' So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time." Nehemiah 2:6 more...

Initiate Using Intuition

"Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), 'How long will your journey be? And when will you return?' So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time." Nehemiah 2:6

Nehemiah couldn't imagine sitting still when he heard the walls of Jerusalem lay in shambles. He had to act. Of all the things a leader should fear, complacency ought to head the list. Leaders don't know everything, but they know enough to act. Nehemiah had insight into the following areas:more...

Not Everyone Will Take the Journey

"Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, 'This is a hard saying, who can understand it?'. . . From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more." John 6:60, 66 more...

Not Everyone Will Take the Journey

"Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, 'This is a hard saying, who can understand it?'. . . From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more." John 6:60, 66

Having exceptional people on the journey with you doesn't happen by accident. It's true that the greater your dream is, the greater the people who will be attracted to you. But that alone isn't enough. You need to make sure they're compatible with you.

The first question to ask is, "Does this person want to go?" That was a hard lesson for me to learn, because early on, I wanted to take everybody with me. I just assumed that everyone wanted what I did. But that's not true.

The second question you need to ask is whether that person is able to go. There has to be a match between the journey you want to take and their gifts and talents.

The third question you should ask is, "Can this person make the trip without me?" If so, make friends with them and try to keep in touch. Though you may not take the journey together, you may be able to help one another down the road as colleagues.more...

Read, Then Lead

"But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest of the heads of the fathers' houses of Israel said to them, 'You may do nothing with us to build a house for our God; but we alone will build to the Lord God of Israel, and King Cyrus, the king of Persia, has commanded us'." Ezra 4:3 more...

Read, Then Lead

"But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest of the heads of the fathers' houses of Israel said to them, 'You may do nothing with us to build a house for our God; but we alone will build to the Lord God of Israel, and King Cyrus, the king of Persia, has commanded us'." Ezra 4:3

Leaders must practice discernment. Relationships can get messy; people often harbor personal agendas and attempt to mask their true motives or to make them sound more noble than they really are.

Such was the case when a group of outsiders approached Zerubbabel and offered to help. "Let us build with you, for we seek your God as you do; and we have sacrificed to Him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us here," (Ezra 4:2). Zerubbabel, however, quickly recognized these folks had really arrived only to discourage the builders. His relational discernment kept these negative influences from infiltrating the flock.

Leaders must read the people, then lead the people. They must understand the timing, the people, the situation, and the priorities, then act accordingly. Their action depends upon how they read these factors. Discernment always precedes decision. Analysis always precedes action.more...

Help Your People Grow

"Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick." Luke 9:1-2 more...

Help Your People Grow

"Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick." Luke 9:1-2

In an organization, it is the team leader's responsibility to orchestrate the team's growth. He must make sure that his people grow both personally and professionally. And he must insure that their growth happens with them together - as a team.

When I work on growing my team members, I take several different approaches. First, we all learn together on a regular basis, at least once a month. In this way, I know that that everyone in the organization shares the common experience of learning things together, regardless of their position or responsibilities.

Second, I regularly build small teams of learners. I periodically have groups of three or four cooperate on a project that requires them to learn. It builds strong relational bonds between those people.

Third, I send people to conferences, workshops, seminars, and other development opportunities. Then when they return, I ask them to teach others in the organization what they've learned.

Shared experiences and the give-and-take of communication are the greatest ways to promote team growth.more...

Fire Up Your Leadership with Vision

"Every promise of God proves true; he protects everyone who runs to him for help."  Proverbs 30:5 (The Message)more...

Fire Up Your Leadership With Vision

"Every promise of God proves true; he protects everyone who runs to him for help."  Proverbs 30:5 (The Message) more...

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