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Leadership is essential for success in life, church, ministry, and business. I've asked some leaders I know and respect to write about several important aspects of leadership so I could share them with you so that we can grow together as leaders and learn from their successes as well as their struggles. We have been posting them over the past six weeks.
Coca-Cola’s disastrous attempt to sell “New Coke”
What do these things have in common?
Each is an example of an organization that lost its way. Somewhere along the line— whether on account of market pressure (Coke), diluted identity (Sony), or the departure of a visionary (West Wing)—each of these trains ran way off its respective track.
Churches - Non-profits - Bit - Prone - Business
Unfortunately, churches and non-profits are every bit as prone to wander as their business counterparts. In their award-winning book Mission Drift, Peter Greer and Chris Horst describe this as the “unspoken crisis” facing faith-based organizations today.
How do powerhouse brands like the ones I mentioned above so famously lose touch with their raison d’être? What causes churches and non-profits to slip their moorings and drift out to sea? What can you do to keep your organization on mission?
Leaders - Positions - Image - Leader - Stalwart
So often, leaders come into their positions with a certain image of what the ideal leader should look like. For some, it’s the deeply convicted stalwart. For others, it’s the creative luminary. Still others aspire to be the courageous hard-charger.
Each of these images are great. But, when leaders exaggerate one over the others, they can quickly drift off course… and take the entire organization with them.
Values - Whack
In short: if your values get out of whack, so will theirs.
For Christians, no monolithic model of leadership will do.
God - Leadership - Shape - Manifold - Ways
We worship a God whose redemptive leadership takes shape in manifold ways throughout Scripture. He is our archetype—the one in whose image we’re made and the...
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