Leadership Tips


According to Leith Anderson there is no definitive, consistent list of leadership traits. Exceptions are everywhere. Ralph Stogdill says, “there are at least three ingredients that determine the effectiveness of a leader: opportunity, intentional development, and experience. Anderson also says, “Healthy churches expect their leaders to succeed and are surprised if they fail. Sick churches expect their leaders to fail and are surprised if they succeed. The setting, the people, and the dynamics may largely determine or influence the success of  the leader. Sick churches need assessed. Usually intervention is needed. I have heard it often said that dysfunctional, unhealthy churches need intervention before a new pastor is called. Why? Because you can’t keep letting a church do the same thing to its pastors. New values, confronting old bad habits need to be looked at. Leadership is doing. Check out I Timothy 3:1-7. These statements are all based on actions. Character is important but not all good people make good leaders. Knowing, being and doing are essential in the core of a good leader. A leader discovers what needs to be done, uses the available resources ( by the way, all  your resources are resident within your community to carry out your vision) to do it, and if necessary, recruits whoever is required to do the job effectively.

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