Stop Making Leadership Harder Than It Has To Be

Imagine being on the front row of a large stadium watching runners prepare for a long, grueling race. Completing the race will require great endurance and peak physical conditioning. One of the runners catches your eye. He is adding weights to his ankles, wrists, … Read More

Don’t Seek Dangerous Treasure

There is a gold that is poison. There is a success that destroys. A wise leader will identify its rotting presence and remove it immediately.  Not all treasure is good. Some of it will defeat you. And for some of … Read More

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The Second Kind Of Cowardice

Cowardice in leadership is failure to do the right thing out of fear.  Yesterday, we talked about how the fear of the loss of relational acceptance can make a leader ineffective. The second kind of cowardice is rooted in the … Read More

Sometimes It’s Good Not To See: What A Leader Should Overlook

A leader knows it is more than her words that matter. Her actions, whether intended or not, will set an impactful example for the team. The king who wrote the Proverbs wanted his son, the heir to the throne, to … Read More

You Can’t Be Born With The Greatest Advantage

To get the truest understanding of a message, you must look at its intended audience. In the case of the Proverbs, the intended audience was the son of the wise king.  If you think about a king’s son, the messages … Read More

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The Kind Of Leader God Hates

Did you know there are people God hates?  The wise king who wrote Proverbs told his son about this kind of person. So if a leader fits that description, God hates him. That is an uncomfortable thought. And it should … Read More

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Three Enemies Of A Leader

When a well-known politician or celebrity travels in close proximity to large amounts of people, they often hire guards to keep them safe. Crowds bring increased risk. And increased risk means increased need for protection. The king who wrote the … Read More

The Point Of No Return: When It’s Too Late To Be Diligent

Working hard is good.  Being thorough is wise. Carrying out tasks in a conscientious manner is praiseworthy.  These are the marks of a diligent leader. And being diligent is excellent.  But sadly, an arrogant or incompetent leader is often forced … Read More

When The Cure Gives Way To The Disease: A Leader Gone Rotten

Leadership is an alluring destination.  You think you want it. But asking for it seems arrogant. You are happy when you have it. But discussing your position may show a lack of tact.  And while healthy confidence might open a … Read More

How To Tame a Roaring Lion: A Wise Leader Will Change Himself Before Fixing His Team

A wise leader will bring the best out of the team.  A foolish leader will make the team afraid to create, innovate and communicate. That is why when a team transforms from happy, vibrant producers into timid slaves of a … Read More