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Life is not just a few years to spend in self-indulgence and career advancement. It is a privilege, a responsibility. a stewardship to be lived according to a much higher calling. -Elizabeth Dole "Command them to do good, to be... Continue Reading →

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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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