175 results for tag: leadership


What is Servant Leadership?

I’m been an advocate for Servant Leadership for decades – even before I knew there was such a thing. Recently, I was asked a question I didn’t remember hearing before: What is Servant Leadership? Honestly, I really didn’t have a succinct and ready definition. Ken Blanchard and I wrote a book, The Secret, about what servant leaders do; but in that moment, it hit me . . . telling someone what a servant leader does is not the same as telling them what a servant leader is. My first step to find the answer was to see how some prominent thinkers have tackled this question. First, I needed to know what Robert Greenleaf said on the matter. ...

6 Steps for Crafting a Compelling Vision

Crafting a compelling vision is the sine qua non of effective leadership. Interestingly, most people struggle with this. “Creating a vision” might sound quite daunting, but the reality is that just about anyone can create a good vision. Danielle Harlan, in her latest leadership book “The New Alpha” shares six easy-peasy steps on crafting a compelling vision for your organization. Step 1. Identify the Scope of Your Vision Whom is the vision for? Is it for your entire organization or a team that you lead, or are you crafting a vision for your particular role in the organization? (This last one, by the way, is something that I recommend ...

If Jesus Took a Personality Test, This Would Be His Myers-Briggs Personality Type

Imagine that Jesus had the chance to take a modern personality inventory. What would the results look like? It's a fascinating question. In fact, I always wondered what would be the personality of Jesus Christ? I mean, what was he really like as a son, neighbor, friend, and teacher? As Christmas is almost just around the corner, I am reminded of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. After all, He's the reason for the season. The four Gospels show us a clear picture of how he acted and reacted in a number of different situations. As a MBTI aficionado, I couldn't help but wonder what were his type preferences. Of course, ...

What John Maxwell Taught Me About Building Relationships

In John Maxwell's "Winning with People," he says good relationships are the foundation for achievement. Relationships are more than just the icing on the cake in life: They are the cake - the very substance we need to live successful and fulfilling lives. One of the key skills leaders need to learn is how to build trust. Maxwell shares five key principles that will help you improve your trust-ability with your direct reports, colleagues, and bosses. The Bedrock Principle Developing trust is like constructing a building. It takes time, and it must be done one piece at a time. As in construction, it's much quicker and easier to tear something down ...

Interview with Keith Webb: How to Become a Coach

I had the opportunity to interview Keith Webb. Keith is a Professional Certified Coach, author, and speaker specializing in leadership development. He founded and leads Creative Results Management, a global training organization focused on equipping ministry leaders to multiply their ministry impact. For 20 years, Keith lived in Japan, Indonesia, and Singapore where he designed and delivered leadership development programs. Keith created The COACH Model®. He is the author of The COACH Model for Christian Leaders and Coaching In Ministry. Keith lives near Seattle and blogs at keithwebb.com. Could you briefly share your story of how ...

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Why Self-Care is the Most Underrated Leadership Skill

I’ll be honest. Self-care always ends up at the bottom of my to-do list. In fact, self-care has never been in my vocabulary. For most of my life, I’ve been a hard-charging, type A, driven, ambitious person. But as I recently turned thirty, I began to realize that my body can’t hold up to my pace. Unfortunately, many high-achieving leaders confess that self-care is difficult. In terms of my professional accomplishments, I am on top of things, but when it comes to exercise and eating well, I find myself compromising time after time. It’s easy to make excuses and eat lots of junk food and I don’t’ sleep so well. One of my friends once ...

10 Ideas to Inspire Your Next Blog Post

I believe every leader should have a platform. One of the best ways to build a compelling platform is blogging. I started my blogging five years ago and it has turned into a ministry to influence leaders. Blogging has became an integral part of living out my calling. I have now over 100,000+ visitors consistently reading my content on a monthly basis. This has created an incredible opportunity to not only serve but also coach others to build their platform. In Platform, Michael Hyatt offers ten idea starters for creating your next blog posts. If you're a a new time blogger or a seasoned pro, Hyatt's insights will help you catapult your blogging ...

How The World’s Top Relationship Builder Connects with People

Jeffrey Gitomer is a world-renowned connector. His book “Little Black Book of Connections” was a fun read. To see the full list of strategies for connecting, get a copy of his book here. It’ll be worth it! Gitomer breaks down simple strategies and steps on how to make connections in a better, more powerful way. The only thing is you have to implement them. 1. Be friendly first, and everything else falls into place. Friendly breeds likability and trust. People do business with people they like and people they trust. The twin of friendly is smiley. People who smile are 100 times more attractive than people who don’t. How friendly are ...

10 Ingenious Tricks for Appearing Smart in Meetings

Most people will dread the tyranny of meetings. It’s either painful, useless, or soul-crushing. But Sarah Cooper in her latest book “100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings,” shares hilarious and creative techniques on how to appear intelligent in much, much less time. 1. Draw a Venn diagram. Getting up and drawing a Venn Diagram is a great way to appear smart. It doesn’t necessary matter if the Venn diagram is precise. Even before you’ve put that marker down, your colleagues will be fighting about what the labels should be and how big the circles should be. 2. Translate percentage metrics into fractions. If someone says, “About ...