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One of the Best Ways to Discover How You're Really (Honestly) Doing As A Leader | careynieuwhof.com

One of the Best Ways to Discover How You're Really (Honestly) Doing As A Leader | careynieuwhof.com | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
Want to know how you’re really doing? I'm a big fan of 360 reviews and getting regular feedback from multiple sources. I even casually check in with peo
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Carey Nieuwhof shines a light where few of us dare. A great blog.

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6 Reasons You're Losing High Capacity Volunteers | careynieuwhof.com

6 Reasons You're Losing High Capacity Volunteers | careynieuwhof.com | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
My guess is you could use a few more high capacity volunteers. You know—the kind of volunteer who: Can attract other capable leaders Doesn't drop b
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Carey hits the nail on the head. Great post.

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Six Small Choices that Transform Leadership

Six Small Choices that Transform Leadership | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
Successful leadership depends on what you don’t see - secret decisions that are spread out over time and go nearly unnoticed. What you see, when you observe successful leaders in action, is the res...
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This really fits with the theology of Luke 16:10--Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much. Significant leadership impact begins with small choices.

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10 Ways to Maximize Bad Experiences

10 Ways to Maximize Bad Experiences | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
A young leader writes, “How do you recover from bad experiences with leadership in a previous job, and from having trust in leadership demolished as a result?” The value of trust is seen in the eas...
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We've all had those challenging experiences. Love this blog on turning to the positive side and learning important lessons.

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Does Leadership Change in Different Seasons? | Willow Creek Association Blog

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What season are you in in your church? How should you lead in that particular circumstance? Food for thought from Bill Hybels

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Four Reasons Why Great Leaders Aren’t Firefighters

Four Reasons Why Great Leaders Aren’t Firefighters | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
The role that firefighters play in our society is secure. The way that we honor their service is appropriate. I have close friends who are and have been firefighters, and so I personally hold them ...
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I would add, that allowing someone else to develop requires leaders to trust people and to allow mistakes and solutions that might be different than yours.

 

That's not easy for us perfectionists.

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5 Reasons Why the Church Must Engage the World with Social Media

5 Reasons Why the Church Must Engage the World with Social Media | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
As we develop a driving philosophy of why to take up the mantle of social media engagement, it’s important to understand that the purposes for engaging the
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Why Leaders are Saying ‘Good bye’ to Meetings & ‘Hello’ to ‘Power Conversations’

Why Leaders are Saying ‘Good bye’ to Meetings & ‘Hello’ to ‘Power Conversations’ | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
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Great leaders encourage their staff to engage in their own problem solving. I think the idea of power conversations is good. It keep the collaboration going.

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25 Ways to Spot Leaders You Can Trust

25 Ways to Spot Leaders You Can Trust | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
Before everything else, determine if people are trustworthy. But, what if time is short and schedules full? How can you quickly spot someone you can trust? Leaders you can trust: Acknowledge they d...
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Finding a Rhythm and Raising the Energy Level in Your Leaders

Finding a Rhythm and Raising the Energy Level in Your Leaders | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it

The quickest way to destroy a team is to burn them ou

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There is a balance between accomplishing as much as possible and being realistic about how much can be done. There is a tension. I like to focus of this article - care for the team, including the leader.

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The 4 Temptations of “Nice-People Leadership”

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You can be "nice" and still have the challenging conversations that leadership requires. Scott Cochrane reminds us about some potential temptations.

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Why Your Words Weigh 800 Pounds (and How to Handle Them) | careynieuwhof.com

Why Your Words Weigh 800 Pounds (and How to Handle Them) | careynieuwhof.com | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
Your words weigh more when you're a leader. How do you use them without crushing people? Here are 5 ways.
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This is an excellent post. Key thought: "If anyone speaks, hey do so as one who speaks the very words of God."

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Why Patience is Hard & Crucial to Great Leadership

Why Patience is Hard & Crucial to Great Leadership | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
Let's be honest. Patience is hard.  We want things now. We are an instant culture. We want fast food. We want to post pictures instantly. It's even called Instagram.  Patience is hard when it comes...
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Leadership is about bringing people along for the ride.

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4 Surprising Disciplines Effective Leaders Must Master

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Another great post by Scott Cochrane. I would emphasize that it is not enough to talk about these disciplines, but you need to live them out and model them. The discipline of spending time with family and enjoying life would also be a good one to add.

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How to Be a Jerk Instead of Being a Leader | careynieuwhof.com

How to Be a Jerk Instead of Being a Leader | careynieuwhof.com | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
So you lead. You're in charge...at least you're in charge of something or hope to be one day. But how do you know you're leading effectively...and that
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I like Carey Nieuwhof because he causes me to look at myself and to consider a better version that is possible. Great blog and a reminder to be avoid being "a jerk" as a leader.

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Identify and Overcome Weaknesses that Matter

Identify and Overcome Weaknesses that Matter | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
Leaders often believe their relationships are more positive than they are. You feel good about relationships when results are good. But, results and relationships aren't the same thing. “People who...
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Knowing that we all have blindspots is a comfort. It takes courage and humility to to face that fact. Great post and the assessment at the end worth the small amount of time to complete..

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Why Effective Leaders are Always Great Step-Takers

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As a planner, I can sometimes get bogged down when I can't see to the very end. Breaking things down into a manageable chunk can help to get things started. I really like Scott's blog about the three elements to watch for.

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The 5 “Isms” of Insecure Leadership

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This is a good checklist and will definitely help me to be on the alert. The root is finding security in God and his view of us. 

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What To Do When People Want A Church To Grow...But Not Change | careynieuwhof.com

What To Do When People Want A Church To Grow...But Not Change | careynieuwhof.com | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
I've heard it several times this week already this week from different sources. One of the tensions many of us wrestle with as leaders who are trying to
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How to Be An Appropriately Transparent Leader (Without Oversharing) | careynieuwhof.com

How to Be An Appropriately Transparent Leader (Without Oversharing) | careynieuwhof.com | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
Being an authentic leader is hardly negotiable anymore. People want to see the real you, with your weaknesses, mistakes and vulnerabilities. You know t
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24 of The Best iPad Apps for Pastors

24 of The Best iPad Apps for Pastors | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
What are the best iPad apps for pastors? Using my iPad as a pastor for the last 3 years, I have tried a lot of different apps. If you are anything like me,
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A practical list of great apps for the tech-saavy pastor.

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When a Staff Member or Volunteer says, "I'm Done"

When a Staff Member or Volunteer says, "I'm Done" | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
At some point in your leadership as a pastor, you will have a staff member, elder, deacon or volunteer resign and say, "I'm done." It might happen suddenly as if out of nowhere, it might be mutuall...
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The church doesn't always handle human resource issues well. This blog provides some excellent suggestions for transitioning someone when they've decided to leave. Theologically, people are made in the image of God and our treatment of them needs to reflect this reality.

 

I would add that dealing with any issues early and having regular conversations can go some distance in preventing an "I'm done" situation. 

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10 Characteristics of An Effective Church Leader

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photo: Oleh Slobodeniuk, Creative Commons I recently saw this list of 10 qualities posted on another church blog and couldn’t help but share it here, with
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A great list.

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De-Clutter Your Leadership - Great Leaders Serve

De-Clutter Your Leadership - Great Leaders Serve | Leadership Resources for Pastors | Scoop.it
I’ll admit it, ever since I started writing this blog, I’ve been much more aware of potential leadership lessons lurking in the mundane circumstances of life. I discovered another one this past week. We’re moving.
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Thought-provoking. We only have so much capacity for various leadership tools. Use the most effective ones. Don't be afraid to purge and try something new.

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