3 Characteristics Of Healthy Teams

3 Characteristics Of Healthy Teams

Teams are made up of different people, different talents, different ages, different opinions, different political views, different beliefs about life, love and friendship. With all of these differing opinions and beliefs how is it remotely possible to move a group of people toward a common vision? Well, it “aint” easy, but it is possible.

Below are three characteristics healthy teams seem to have as part of their culture

3 Leadership Ruts And How To Get Out

3 Leadership Ruts And How To Get Out

There are ruts on the road of our leadership lives. They are worn into place over time by driving in the comfortable grooves of complacency. What may have started out as a priority for each of us can erode into a road of indifference.

If we aren’t careful our ruts get deeper and and deeper until driving in them feels normal. Below are three ruts that leaders can experience and how to get out.

 

The Entitlement Rut

5 Things To Say To Your Kids Every Day

5 Things To Say To Your Kids Every Day

There is a host of stories and comments on the internet that talk about what people would do different if they had life to do over again. A simple search will reveal people would spend more time with friends, develop deeper relationships, watch the sunset, be in the moment, enjoy life. There is a great book I read a few years ago called "Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life." The book reveals Eugene O’kelly’s bought with an aggressive and malignant brain tumor and how he approached life daily after he received the news.

“Before the diagnosis, my last thought every night before falling asleep usually concerned something that was to happen one month to six months later. After the diagnosis, my last thought before falling asleep was...the next day.”

O’Kell’s book was published posthumously and as you read it you get the overwhelming sense of the importance of living

5 Mindsets That Move Leaders Forward

5 Mindsets That Move Leaders Forward

While reading Philippians last week I saw Paul’s journey come alive in a way I had not seen before. I observed Paul giving instructions to leaders based on his life experience. He wasn’t lecturing but he was certainly giving some encouraging news from his own life.

News that I believe we can all resonate with and benefit from. I hope these 5 mindsets encourage and empower you to move forward when you feel trapped by the past or stuck in the present.

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:13-14 NLT

 

Awareness

I have not achieved it,

Paul understands he is not perfect. He doesn’t beat himself up over it or let shame

Leadership & The Importance of Confusion

Leadership & The Importance of Confusion

con-fu-sion [kuhn-fyoo-zhuhn] “a state of disorder; upheaval or chaos.”

When I read the definition of confusion I think to myself, “I’m pretty sure I don’t like confusion.” In fact, I prefer some semblance of order and enjoy calm vs chaos. That being said, I’m not a spreadsheet person and I don’t have a list for everything, okay, anything.


Intentional Confusion

So, why is confusion something to be embraced as a leader. Or, in this case, why should we practice

5 Ways Leaders Can Be Better Followers And Why It’s Important

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Leaders usually don’t like to think of themselves as followers but it is necessary for their own personal growth as well as the growth of the church or organization where they work! “Followership” is an important skill needed by every healthy leader as it teaches the need for alignment, understanding, empathy and humility.


Joshua 1:16-18 NLT

They answered Joshua, “We will do whatever you command us, and we will go wherever you send us. We will obey you just as we obeyed Moses. And may the Lord your God be with you as he was with Moses. Anyone who rebels against your orders and does not obey your words and everything you command will be put to death. So be strong and courageous!”

And they answered Joshua, saying, All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you; only may the LORD your God be with you, as He was with Moses. "Anyone who rebels against your command and does not obey your words in all that you command him, shall be put to death; only be strong and courageous.


Be Flexible: “We will do whatever you command us.”

Being flexible as a follower fuels confidence in the leader. Willingness of the follower to do whatever needs to be done will ultimately allow the leader to focus on more important things. Spending time trying to convince a stubborn follower to be more flexible is not a good use of their time.


Be Adaptable: “We will go wherever you send us.”

When things don’t go according to plan the leader can always count on a loyal and adaptable follower. The leader may not want another idea or another way to do something especially when managing something in crisis. They just want someone to step up, adapt to the situation, and get it done.


Be Respectful: “So we will obey you.”

We had his back, now we got yours! They respected the leadership of Joshua by showing loyalty and commitment.


Be Hopeful: “May the LORD your God be with you.”

Followers who are hopeful breathe life into the leader. Followers who are resentful only suffocate the leaders ability to move forward.


Be Powerful: “Be strong and courageous."

Encouraging the leader gives them power to keep moving forward when they need it most. As a follower, when the horizon seems darkest for the leader, we need to speak up with words of courage to give them hope to carry on and not give up.


I’m sure many of you reading this post would say you naturally default to leadership. Me too. However, there are times each one of us are in a position to follow. When we find ourselves in that leadership space we can do our best to follow the words spoke to Joshua that day. Words that he desperately needed to hear needed to hear.


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