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How Godly Character Makes Us Effective Leaders

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Leadership, Next Gen, Resources, Resources Blog | Comments Off on How Godly Character Makes Us Effective Leaders

Every one of us needs a good dose of godly character to cover the ‘gaps’ of our gifting—the areas where we are obligated to work but not very gifted. Most leadership theory instructs us to address the “gaps” by surrounding ourselves with people who have gifts and talents that compliment us. This is helpful advice, if you can pull it off. But let’s be real – this isn’t always as practical as it sounds when that advice is given. So…I’ve discovered a different more sure-fire way to “cover the gaps.” And I think it’s the way God designed...

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3 Ways to Establish Spiritual Authority

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Home Page, Leadership, Next Gen | Comments Off on 3 Ways to Establish Spiritual Authority

1. The “Listen First” Principle. People feel compelled to leaders who take time to listen, but I don’t just mean allowing someone else to talk while you don’t. When I say we need to learn to “listen first,” I mean we need to listen with nuance, really hear what someone is saying, really understand the other person’s perspective, really help them feel heard, known, and cared about. Most people cannot distinguish the difference between listening and loving. So when we listen well, it often is translated as loving well. And if we learn to love well (through listening), spiritual...

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