How to Turn a Summit Chair into a Seat of Transformation

You’ve heard the comments before at the Leadership Summit. With great flourish a renowned leader points to a chair in the auditorium as he passionately thunders, “That’s the chair where everything changed. I remember sitting in that very chair many years ago at a conference when my life was forever changed…” [caption id=”attachment_2534″ align=”aligncenter” width=”580″…

Top 10 Questions Church Leaders Should Be Asking This Fall

For churches everywhere, this is one of the most exciting times of year in the entire calendar. The fall ministry launch is about to begin. Amidst the excitement and the last-minute scrambling, I want to urge you to take a few minutes, catch your breath, and consider these 10 questions I believe every church leader…

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…

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…

What Leaders Can Learn from Quarterback Efficiency

What is your “What do you think?” to “Here’s what I think” ratio? Do you have a sense for how often you ask for input, compared to how often you offer your own? You see, just as effective quarterbacks pay attention to their touchdown to interception ratio, great leaders know the importance of their “What…