Articles | March 2015

  • Faith to Begin

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    Sometimes we face a leadership challenge that looms so large we can't think of where or how to begin. Whether the work is an exciting opportunity or a threatening problem, the Spirit nudges us to turn to God. God longs to be part of our beginnings, part of our solutions, part of our planning. As we turn to Him, He will give us His perspective and empower us to begin in faith, trusting that He will lead the way. Leading like Jesus always begins with asking Him to lead us.

  • Radical Reevaluation

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    Our world tends to assign great value to fleeting things—wealth, popularity, position, possessions, accomplishment, approval ratings. Yet each one of these has been found wanting, leading us to crave more rather than truly fulfilling the deepest longings inside of us. Fulfillment, purpose, and satisfaction are found only in Jesus Christ, who radically transforms our values and focuses us on the eternal rather than the temporary. Where does He want to transform your perspective today?

  • When the Path Is Long

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    What is your primary leadership role? Where do you need to show up each day, giving the best of your time and energy to live, love, and lead like Jesus? God is interested in every part of our lives. As we depend on Him, He will pour His strength and wisdom into us, and help us persevere.

  • An Example to Follow

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    People are looking for role models. They want their lives to count, to make a difference in the world. Lead Like Jesus looks to Jesus as the ultimate role model for leadership. Who has shown greater commitment to a cause than Jesus? Who has shown greater integrity than Jesus? Who has done more for others than Jesus? Who has made a bigger difference in the world than Jesus? As we follow Jesus, the Father empowers us to be living role models and make a lasting difference. Who do you model your life after?

  • The appropriate and healthy use of authority by a leader is a beautiful thing.  One of my favorite stories about the concept and use of authority by a leader is found in both Matthew 8 and Luke 7.  In this story, a Centurion approaches Jesus and initiates a dialogue, included in the dialogue is the confirmation of the Centurion’s keen understanding about the use of authority.  This Roman Centurion was likely very diligent with the military business of the Roman Army, since he was a key army leader at the “middle management level.”  He commanded a “century”, which consisted of about 100 Roma

  • A Path to Restoring Trust

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    As men and women who want to lead like Jesus, how do we handle our mistakes? We consistently and humbly seek God's evaluation of our words and actions. We recommit to living according to His Word and by humble dependence on His Spirit. We personally acknowledge our responsibility to those who have been impacted by our wrong choices and ask for their forgiveness. We do what is needed to restore trust. As we do so, we model humility and build renewed trust with others.

  • Heart Check: Despair

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    The writer of Ecclesiastes leads us on a journey of evaluating the significance of life and work. Asking "What's in it for me?" leads him to despair. Despair blinds him to asking more important questions like "Whose am I? What has God called me to do? How can I exalt God through my life?" Don't let despair blind you to the presence and purposes of God. Let it drive you to seek Him and His perspective, so that you can rise to serve Him.

    So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.—Ecclesiastes 2:20

     

  • Honesty and Leadership

    Blog | March 20, 2015

    Honesty is the single most important “building block” in the leader-follower relationship.  To many people, honesty is the same as sincerity, truthfulness, integrity, frankness, candor, and openness.  Though some leaders don’t consciously realize it, honesty includes not only telling the truth, but also leaving the right impression.  Albert Einstein said, “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

  • Managing Disagreement and Leadership

    Blog | Frank Bragg | March 20, 2015

    For many years, I’ve coached men and women on the importance of this leadership topic.  When little “d” (small disagreement) becomes big “D” (BIG DISAGREEMENT), then things have moved to real conflict, and the successful management of a “disagreement” has been lost.  In fact, the management of that “disagreement” has failed, if things have moved into conflict.

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