Over the last couple of years it seems my wife and I’s lives have been turned inside out.
We lost a beloved dog. A great mentor of ours moved from youth pastor to senior pastor at a different church. Another leader we knew had to be removed from his position of leadership..
To top things off, we made the difficult choice to resign our position as youth leaders and leave a church we’d attended for years. Talk about rough! And talk about change.
These changes have not been easy. These changes have not been pleasant.
But the changes we’ve faced have taught us what to do when we’re faced with change and when that change is difficult.
Pray: The first thing you need to do when you’re faced with difficult change is to begin to pray. Pray for guidance. Pray for wisdom. Pray for peace. Pray for hope. Pray for signs. Read more...
You’ll hear people say that great leaders are born. That’s rubbish, I say.
While it’s true some people have a predisposition towards leadership, you don’t have to be born a certain way to be a great leader.
Great leaders aren’t born, great leaders are made.
The thing is, you can’t be willy-nilly about becoming a leader. When you feel yourself being called to leadership, you’ve got to step forward and claim the title.
Otherwise, you’ll run into issues sub-par leaders face. You don’t want to be there!
So, what can you do to become a great leader?
To become a great leader, you need to:
Care for people: A leader is someone who believes others have greatness within them. Great leaders help pull out this greatness and help others grow.
Grow yourself: Leadership is a constant journey. One that requires growth and consistency. Read more...
When Steven Spielberg’s cinematic interpretation of Michael Crichton’s 1990 novel Jurassic Park was released 22 years ago, the world of movies changed.
Realistic dinosaurs took to the big screen. Science fiction seemed a bit closer to science fact. And people were once again terrified of dinosaurs roaming the earth.
I have fond memories of seeing Jurassic Park in the theaters. Seeing Ariana Richards play Lex Murphy and developing one of my first movie crushes. And then there was seeing the movie with my mom.
Her reaction to the movie still makes me laugh. The realistic dinosaurs and tense scenes scared her half to death (sorry mom! I had to recall the memory).
The movie was a joy to watch on the big screen.
The sequels? I don’t quite remember the like the original Jurassic Park. Honestly, I don’t know if I ever saw them. Read more...
There’s a lot of confusion today. Very smart people are acting in ways that are ungentlemanly and unwomanly.
The bravado and arrogance shown betray what they know.
Have you met someone like that? I know you have.
This arrogance and bravado show the difference between a knowledgeable man and a wise man.
What A Knowledgeable Man Does
You’ve met a knowledgeable person before. You can begin to tell one the moment you start to speak with them.
Verbose words flow from their mouths. Cockiness exudes from their pores.
Something within you is repulsed when you met this type of person.
The knowledgeable man shows off through his words and what he knows. He makes it plain as day that he KNOWS what he’s talking about. And he’s not afraid to show it. Read more...
I sincerely believe leadership goes beyond a title or position. Having one of those only goes so far.
People will follow a titled or positioned leader only so far. Eventually they’ll realize this person is a leader in name only.
This falling away is why you must do more than have a title to be called a leader.
Here’s a few simple things you can do to demonstrate you’re a leader even if you lack the title.
Serve: Great leaders serve. This has been Mark Miller’s philosophy and I buy into it.
Great leaders believe the best way to lead is to help others out. They put the needs of others first and look for places to serve.
Where’s a place you can serve? Why aren’t you?
Demonstrate: A great way to demonstrate leadership is to demonstrate what true leadership looks like. Read more...