Two Essential Aspects of Leadership

Under "Leadership From the Heart" at the top of this web site is Psalm 78:72 which is my favorite verse on leadership.  It speaks of two essential aspects of leadership; The heart and the hands. Leading to a visionary destination and taking care of the people as they journey with you.  I Peter 5:2 allludes to the same two aspects, "Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight."

It's like the two pedals of a bicycle. If you just shepherd and don't provide visionary leadership there will be a lack of excitement, adventure and sensing that you life is making a difference that matters. If you lead with skillful hands, but don't insure that people are cared for they may feel manipulated for the leader's agenda and, over time, loose interest.

Personally I am better at exercising oversight than shepherding.  Many leaders I have worked under have been great shepherds but leading people nowhere; no destination, no exciting journey, no adventure, no joy!

All of us need the grace of Jesus to combine the two.  How would you evaluate your leadership with these two aspects in mind?  Is your heart stronger than your  skillful hands? Are your skillful hands stronger than your heart? Are you, with His help, doing both and developing both?




A leadership Snapshot

I love one verse that says alot. Recently in my morning Bible reading, I came across Exodus 32:34, "But now go, lead the people to the place about which I have spoken to you; behold my angel shall go before you."

I journaled as follows:

Jesus, here is a good snapshot of leadership

  • Take responsibility to lead

  • Take them someplace-forward movement, accomplishment

  • Take them to the place You have made clear-vision

  • He will be with me

Application for me:

  1. Don't be afraid to lead

  2. Hear from Jesus re His vision for me

  3. Keep moving; cast vision, set goals, execute well as a team

  4. Be confident He is with me (and us) in this journey forward


On another note, I just posted, "Transformissional Coaching." Check it out under "Book Notes"


Imagination or creativity


Increasingly I am hearing the word creative, or creativity. I am told that I need to be creative; to think creatively, lead creatively. Now I am beginning to suspect that there is a disconnect.  When some people think of being creative they think of coming up with new ideas or concepts.  I am  now understanding that thinking of new ideas is being imaginative, but not necessarily being creative.

When God "Created" in Genesis he didn't simply think of something new, he brought something new into existence that wasn't there before. It is one thing to use your imagination and think of something new, but quite a different thing to make something  new happen. When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done.

Through the years, I have been in numerous so called creative meetings that did not result in anything but a lot of ideas of what might be done. A truly creative person is one who moves from idea to implementation.

Eugene Peterson's comments on 2 Thessalonians 1:11 by saying "I pray that God will make you fit for what He's called you to be; pray he fills your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy that it all amounts to something." Good ideas equal imagination, but acts of faith equal creativity.   Steven Furtick says,  "An idea without implementation is not creativity but imagination."

So, the next time you are asked to be a part of a "Creative Meeting" make sure it results in action, not just ideas that never leave the room or the launching pad.



Completing or Competing

There is no fight like a church fight. Fighting among church members and often among church leaders is never healthy but unfortunately all too common. I am not talking about appropriate conflict which is a good and necessary thing, but rather nasty fighting that is clearly not pleasing to Jesus.

It recently occured to me that if we would celebrate (rather than resent and argue) the differences in how we think, and function as leaders in the same church, and often on the same team, we would complete each other as Romans 12 and I Corinthians 12 so clearly teach.  Quite to the contrary, we instead compete and compare because of our own sick egos and a lack of contentment with who we are and what God has for us. Enough is enough already! What has been your experience?


New Book Note just posted-check it out

I just posted a new book note, "Leadershift."  Written by Don Cousins one of the orginal handful that started Willow Creek. It will challenge your thinking on leadership...,guaranteed!