How to Avoid the Copy-Cat Leadership Trap

Originally posted April 20, 2012 One of the best ways to develop in your leadership is to learn from other leaders. Growing leaders will read about other great leaders, will seek to discern their leadership traits, even emulate their leadership skills. But one of the worst things you can do is to short-circuit the process…

4 Ways to Get Your Church Unstuck

At our recent series of Innovate leadership forums we asked this question; “What one word best describes your church today?” From Vancouver to Moncton, one of the words we heard over and over was this: Stuck! We then profiled Canadian church leaders whose church had found ways to get things moving again. These were the…

How Leaders Move from the Engine Room to the Bridge

You can’t steer a ship from the engine room. Effective leaders know that their place is on the “bridge” of their organization, scanning the horizon and moving things forward. But they also know that it’s necessary and important to poke around the engine room from time to time. Here’s the leadership question: How do you…

The Question that can Make or Break a Company …or a Church

We recently installed a technology in our house that has provided me with two things; great entertainment, and a great leadership question. Last week we dragged ourselves kicking and screaming into the 21st century by having our first Personal Video Recorder (PVR) installed, and that evening we downloaded our first ‘on demand’ movie. I don’t…

Why Leaders Need to Think Beyond the Group

In any organization one of the most potent threats to clear, effective leadership can be “groupthink”. And perhaps no organization is more susceptible to groupthink than the local church. The term and concept was coined in the early ’70s by social psychologist Irving Janis, and refers to what can happen when judgment is short-circuited through…