Leadership can be a struggle. It is certainly not for the weak in heart. There are difficult decisions to be made. There are times when you have to choose between two difficult options, hence the phrase, “between a rock and a hard place.” Every leader encounters a situation where there is a choice between the easy way and the right way. Not only did Paul face this choice but he reminds us that we will too. Continue reading “The Conflicted Leader”
Not only was Paul a team builder but he was also an inclusive leader. We often talk about the Pauline epistles as though Paul was the sole author. In fact, he wasn’t. Paul had coauthors to which he willingly gave credit.
“Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Thessalonians 1:1 Continue reading “The Collaborative Leader”
With quill in hand, the Apostle Paul takes up his parchment and begins a short letter to the church in Ephesus. Standing over him is a fully armed Roman guard. This isn’t Paul’s first such experience. In fact, he had been escorted all the way from Jerusalem to Rome by armed guard. He certainly overheard many of their war stories and in fact engaged in direct conversation with them. Now as he concludes his correspondence, he considers the parallel between how the Roman guard is prepared for battle and how the Christian faces spiritual warfare. Continue reading “The Battle-Ready Leader”
For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
1 Corinthians 12:24-26 Continue reading “The Assimilating Leader”
Paul is a prisoner aboard a vessel about to suffer shipwreck. All around him are frantic. Even Luke, Paul’s companion documents his hopelessness. “And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, … Continue reading The Hopeless Leader
Good intentions are a great start but for many that is all. A great start with a lame finish is counterproductive. And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to … Continue reading The Follow Up Leader
The Proximity Leader
Time and distance have a tendency to dilute effective leadership. Paul had made a huge investment in the church in Thessalonica but was forced to leave abruptly. Even as he writes this epistle, it was neither safe nor prudent for him to return. But there was another leader that he was confident enough to send in his place. Continue reading “The Proximity Leader”
Effective leaders typically have a strong dose of self-confidence. They are filled with the “can do” spirit and are optimistic about the future. Occasionally, you will discover a leader who has overdosed on confidence and ventures into the land of the egotistical and arrogant. While this type of leader will gain some impressive successes, it will often be short-lived because they are short-sighted. Paul portrays that healthy blend between confidence and humility when he writes to the Philippian church. Continue reading “The Forward Looking Leader”
Leadership takes on as many forms as there are personalities. Some are sharp and abrasive while others are more meek and mild. God has used each type of leader effectively. Sometimes we have a tendency to think everyone should have our personality to be effective. That’s not so. However, there are some abrasive leaders who do need to learn a little more compassion. Then again, there are other leaders who seem to have an extra-dose of mercy when confrontation is order. While God can use each of our personalities, all leaders must be willing to submit their personality to the will of God. Continue reading “The 3D Leader”
Leaders without a passion are merely managers. Managers have their place but management is not synonymous with leadership. Mere managers neither aspire nor inspire. Managers can be leaders but leaders are more than managers. They go beyond organization to inspiration. Inspiration is that effervescent quality that begins within and bubbles over until it touches those who surround you. Continue reading “The Awestruck Leader”
Leadership is all about making a difference. You exist in your position to make a difference for others which in turn makes a difference in your own life. Occasionally, people will forget where they came from. When we lose focus … Continue reading The Transformational Leader