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JESSUP LEADERSHIP

Producing change and building lives through authenticity, inspiration, empathy, and innovation

Helping People to Exhale

Over the years, I have witnessed a scene played out dozens of times. It occurs when a friend, family member, or even a total stranger, comes to an emotional breaking point. Mark Goulston was an FBI and police hostage negotiator.... Continue Reading →

I Would Never…

Jim is a short and smiley man I met in my doctoral program. He grew up in a Christian denomination, and helped lead a camp every summer to train up young men in Boyscout-like fashion. Jim and his colleagues taught... Continue Reading →

Friday Quote

The idea that a leader is identified by her followers is a powerful truth. Max de Pree says it this way, "The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning?... Continue Reading →

Are Facilitators Leaders?

We sat having lunch, enjoying a sandwich together. Katie is a longtime friend from my career as a pastor. Our conversation topics were all over the place. Church life, personal challenges, Border Collies, and leadership. We found all of it... Continue Reading →

Friday Quote

On Tuesday, we discussed whether decisiveness is a core aspect of leadership. Compelling evidence does suggest that leaders have a bias toward action. Consider this quote: “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right... Continue Reading →

Are Leaders Decisive?

This morning, a young man sat in my office, grappling with his calling as a leader. Isaiah (pseudonym) is naturally gifted as a shepherd, people-pleaser, go-with-the-flow guy. His peers naturally gravitate towards him and look up to him. Yet, he... Continue Reading →

The Main Thing

The late Stephen Covey used to say, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing" (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). Sometimes he would then demonstrate this using a bucket and rocks. If you have... Continue Reading →

Friday Quote

I have often heard leaders use the phrase ""tough love" as an approach to holding others accountable for their actions. In the Scriptures, however, God uses a kind of "tough love" with himself through His self-sacrificing work on the cross.... Continue Reading →

True Connection

The introduction to Henry Cloud’s book The Power of the Other states, “Most leadership coaching focuses on helping leaders build their skills and knowledge and close their performance gaps.” Cloud proposes something else. Based on the most recent studies in... Continue Reading →

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