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Who And What Is Leadership About?

King Solomon famously wrote, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)  What he was saying is first comes pride, then comes destruction.  First comes a haughty spirit, then the fall. As a leader, it is not about you and what you want.  It is about what your people and […]

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This Is What Leadership Is All About

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What is leadership about?  Is it about tasks and assignments?  Is it about titles, privilege or influence?  What about vision casting?  Of course you can’t mention leadership without talking about courage and making hard decisions?  Is it about personality and charisma?  And then leaders are always finding solutions to the obstacles people face. Well, these […]

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How To Gain Influence With Pastors And Leaders


It seems everyone wants something from pastors and leaders.  They want their time.  They want their attention.  They want resources.  Many want their influence to address their favorite cause or issue.  A pastor once said to me, “Brian, everyone has a nail and they view me as the hammer.  Everyday they put their nail in […]

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The Top 10 Most Read Leadership Posts Of 2015

It is with a spirit of thankfulness I write this year-end post.  Because of God’s blessings and your faithfulness, this site became the 21st Most Read Christian Leadership Blog on the internet.  It is an honor to serve you and has been a privilege to connect with many of you at conferences, on the phone […]

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Does Character Still Matter In Leadership?


There is no shortage of leadership talent in our world today.  In fact, in terms of pure creativity, intellect and skill, we may be as talented a leadership community as we have ever been. However, our talent has taken us to a place where the character of many leaders cannot sustain them.  This is why […]

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How Much Time Should You Spend On Your Weaknesses?

How much time should you spend on your weaknesses?  The conventional wisdom is quite a bit.  I completely disagree. John Maxwell once taught me a key leadership lesson.  He would say and I’m paraphrasing, “If on a scale from 1-10 you are a 2 in a certain area, and you work really, really hard, you […]

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