Visionary Leadership Requires Clarity

Visionary Leadership Requires Clarity

In his book, The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni makes a powerful case that intelligence is not enough when the task is leadership. Being smart helps, even working hard helps, but the additional quality which sets apart the best leaders is the ability to create healthy...
A New Set of Metrics

A New Set of Metrics

I recently found this photo of my mom standing with my sisters and me on an Easter Sunday morning around 1964. Aside from my stunning fashion statement, I want to point out the Bible firmly grasped in my right hand. I assure you that stuck in those pages was my weekly...
Congregational Leadership in a Crazy World

Congregational Leadership in a Crazy World

They never taught us…how to pastor a church during a pandemic.  They never taught us…what to do when news channels trained the members of our churches to look at the exact same events and see them in two totally different ways. They never taught us…what...
The Real Rules of Military Leaders

The Real Rules of Military Leaders

A church leader in another community told me about his former pastor, who had taken an assessment of his leadership style. The results showed that this pastor was the rarest type in the assessment’s scale.  He was among five percent of leaders classified as...
Everyone Needs a Mentor

Everyone Needs a Mentor

Every day in my prayer time, I give thanks to God for the people who have mentored me and shaped my life along the way. Most of them were not formal relationships. They were simply people who invested in me or people from whom I sought advice. I’ll not share their...