Category Archives: Leading

Effective Leaders Deliver

In a Harvard Business Review Article, May 2017 authors Botelho, Powell, Kincaid, and Wang name four characteristics of highly effective leaders including:effective leaders decide with speed and conviction reliably on their commitments.

Effective leaders deliver. They set realistic goals and align expectations to those goals. They surround themselves with strong colleagues. They hone their own skills. They use accurate metrics to measure accomplishments. They have clear accountability standards. They are willing to reset the course when it becomes necessary.

And faith-based leaders have other crucial characteristics – a humble spirit, a servant’s heart, and a clear sense of their calling.

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Effective Leaders Engage and Adapt

In a Harvard Business Review Article, May 2017 authors Botelho, Powell, Kincaid, and Wang name four characteristics of highly effective leaders including: effective leaders engage for impact and effective leaders adapt proactively.

In is the role of the leader to set the course. Once the course is set, the effective leader must have the buy-in and support of colleagues to implement the decisions and stakeholders to accept and to be on board. Communication is the key to manage resistance, to insure clarity, and to instill confidence.

It would be usual if the implementation of a decision requiring significant change goes smoothly. Expect bumps and setbacks. Effective leaders are prepared to act and adapt.

Faith-based leaders understand that life’s road is rocky and a desert-like journey. They know that the Good Shepherd has called them both to lead his flock and to also be a sheep in the flock of the Good Shepherd.

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Effective leaders are decisive

In a Harvard Business Review Article, May 2017 authors Botelho, Powell, Kincaid, and Wang name four characteristics of highly effective leaders including:

Their first characteristic is “effective leaders decide with speed and conviction”. The authors found in their research that leaders tend to overthink. They tend to get bogged down, because they are seeking perfect solutions. While it is sometimes better to withhold action until the leader is fully informed, avoidance is a trap that can lead to unnecessary delays and inaction that restrains the organization from needed change or advancement.

Effective leaders gather information, seek the wisdom of trusted confidents, act in a timely manner, and are empowered by their convictions.

Faith-based leaders add a crucial component that was not part of this research – they understand their calling and they seek God’s guidance.

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Four Characteristics of Highly Effective Leaders

In a Harvard Business Review Article, May 2017 authors Botelho, Powell, Kincaid, and Wang name four characteristics of highly effective leaders including:

1. effective leaders decide with speed and conviction
2. effective leaders engage for impact
3. effective leaders adapt proactively
4. effective leaders deliver reliably on their commitments.

Each of these will be elaborated upon in future posts.

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MLK Day

Martin Luther King Jr. was an African-American leader who exemplified a passion for civil rights. He was committed to non-violence and was a living example of putting our Christian faith into action on behalf of the oppressed. He left an enduring legacy.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Leadership Begins

“Leadership begins when you are more concerned about others’ flourishing than your own.” Andy Crouch, Executive Editor, Christianity Today

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Leadership Thought

“I encourage people to pursue a lifetime of growth not just because it will make them better, or open new doors. I encourage people to grow because growth increases hope.” ~ John Maxwell

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Devotional: A Response to Dave Ramsey

“Start children off on the right path. And even when they are old, they will not turn away from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

I have a great deal of respect for much of Dave Ramsey’s teaching. To encourage families to avoid insurmountable debt is a good thing. Burdensome debt places strain on marriages and financial stress damages the individual’s health.

My appreciation for Ramsey ends when he goes too far. Continue reading

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Leadership Thought: Humility

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking about yourself less” – C.S. Lewis

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Leadership Thought

Servant leaders spend much of their time among the followers.

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