Entries in Leadership (24)

Wednesday
Sep012010

Christian Leadership, Index to Ministry Resources

As the index to resource guides on Leadership, this page introduces the subject and includes links to all other materials on the subject. This is one of the most extensive resource listings on the site.

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Thursday
Sep022010

Leadership, Biblical and Spiritual Foundations

The titles in this section discuss the biblical principles and metaphors that are central to spiritual leadership, often as expressed in persons God has used most powerfully throughout history. Includes classic authors such as Oswald Sanders and Nenri Nouwen, as well as more recent works by Robert Banks, Scott Rodin, Scott Cormode, Graham Standish, Norman Shawchuck, and others.

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Friday
Sep032010

Christian Leadership Training, Leadership Development

These resources focus on how leaders develop, both in terms of the experiences that shape them and the exercises they choose for their own growth. It covers subjects such as spiritual formation, character formation, life experience, self-assessment, communication competence, failure and setback, etc., as they contribute to leadership enrichment. Authors include Aubrey Malphurs, Ruth Haley Barton, Gary McIntosh, Peter Scazzero, Bill Thrall, Stephen Covey, Robert Quinn, Robert Clinton, John Maxwell, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, and others.

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Saturday
Sep042010

Christian Leadership Development, Clinton Emergence Theory 

The term “leadership emergence,” refers to the observable stages that seem to transpire in people as God shapes them into leaders. Insofar as it refers to Christian leaders, it is most often tied to the work of J. Robert Clinton, long-time professor at Fuller Theological Seminary. His works are featured here, alongside a few others.

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Sunday
Sep052010

Leadership, Approaches and Theories, Index

This guide links to resources on select leadership theories that integrate well with the Christian worldview and are commonly regarded as helpful for missional work. This includes approaches such as empowerment, transformational leadership, adaptive leadership, primal/resonant leadership, situational leadership, and many others.

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Monday
Sep062010

Leadership Theories - Empowerment

This guide links to resources on Empowering Leadership, which alongside Transformation, form the two major theoretical foundations of most current leadership approaches. As the name suggests, this approach empowers people by liberating them as stewarding partners to use their strengths/gifts in meaningful engagement of the tasks and relationships associated with their work. The idea is for both leaders and followers to grow as persons, enhance relationships, and derive great meaning and purpose as they work together to enhance the lives of those served. This guide highlights church related authors such as Shawchuck, Anderson, and Bandy, as well as popular business writers Max De Pree, Stephen Covey, James Kouzes, Barry Posner, John Maxwell, Kenneth Blanchard, and others.

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Tuesday
Sep072010

Leadership Theories - Transformational Leadership

This guide links to resources on Transformational Leadership, which alongside Empowerment, form the two major theoretical foundations of most current leadership approaches. As the name suggests, it means leading so that both leaders and followers are changed or transformed. It works at increasing the motivation, morale, and performance of all as they grow in mutual commitment. It also emphasizes the leader’s personality, traits and ability to exemplify needed changes and articulate an energizing vision. This guide references standard volumes by James McGregor Burns and Bernard Bass, and then links to authors who present their own versions of transformation such as Ron Heifetz, Ed Friedman, John P. Kotter, and many others.

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Wednesday
Sep082010

Leadership Approaches - Adaptive Leadership, Ron Heifetz

Adaptive leadership is a kind of transformational and empowering leadership as expressed in the research of Ron Heifetz. Heifetz draws the distinction between “adaptive” work that deeply questions existing frameworks vs. “technical” challenges that operate within current understandings and resources. He calls effective leaders to concentrate on the adaptive challenges.

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Thursday
Sep092010

Leadership Approaches - Courageous Leadership, Bill Hybels

This guide features a kind of transformational and empowering leadership that emphasizes the leader’s courage to call self and others to deep change, to model that change, to deal with resistance, and stay committed until the transforming vision is fulfilled. One author in religious circles, Bill Hybels, writes about this from his own experiences. This guide resources by him and others.

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Friday
Sep102010

Leadership Approaches - Emotional Systems, Self-Differentiation

A significant block of leadership literature is based on the principles of Emotional Systems theory. In this theory, leaders must be self-differentiated, i.e. able to remain emotionally connected to anxious people but self-managing enough to remain free of anxious reactivity in themselves. This allows leaders to inspire hope and challenge people to significant levels of growth. This guide features materials by Murray Bowen, Ed Friedman, Pete Steinke, Margaret Marcuson, Israel Galindo, and others.

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Saturday
Sep112010

Leadership Approaches - John Maxwell, Inspiring Leadership

This guide lists many of the resources by John Maxwell, who is probably the most widely read author on leadership. In terms of leadership theory, Maxwell’s emphasis on influencing others through authentic character, genuine relationship, teamwork, encouragement, positive reinforcement, etc., definitely place him within the empowerment model. Most often, he does not discuss theory and assessments, but conveys clear advice in a direct, positive, and inspiring manner.

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Sunday
Sep122010

Leadership Approaches - Leader-Manager Continuum

Professional literature commonly distinguishes between leadership and management. This is not because the two are oppositional, but because the practice of one does not necessarily accomplish the other. This guides lists resources that explain the difference between these two currencies and show how to integrate them effectively. Authors include Warren Bennis, Abraham Zaleznik, John Kotter, Ian Fair, and others.

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Sunday
Sep122010

Leadership Approaches - Leading With Questions 

Clearly one of the most important features of transformational and empowering leadership is stimulating others by questioning assumptions, reframing problems, and approaching old situations in new ways. This guide features resources that show how leaders empower others when they encourage questions and model the way by framing thought-provoking inquiries at all levels in the organization. Authors include Michael Marquardt, Tony Stoltzfus, and others.

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Sunday
Sep122010

Leadership Approaches - Corporate Culture, Learning Organization

These resources emphasize the importance of leaders shaping the corporate culture of a group or congregation. This is not “culture” in the sense of societal structures, socio-economic and ethnic groupings, etc. Rather it describes the “personality” or default patterns that become ingrained in an organization over time. Authors include Peter Senge, Edgar Schein, Samuel Chand, Erwin McManus, Will Mancini, and others.

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Monday
Sep132010

Leadership Approaches - Level Five Leadership, Jim Collins

This transformational and empowering leadership model comes from the research of Jim Collins, who discovered companies that arise significantly out of years of underperformance do so through the influence of a highly motivated executive (Level 5 Leader).

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Tuesday
Sep142010

Leadership Approaches - Narrative Leadership 

Narrative Leadership identifies with the personal and collective stories of followers. As leaders listen, they increasingly appreciate the history, the common themes, the diverse elements, and the boundaries of the community. The leader’s personal story joins with theirs to create a richer narrative. Authors include Larry Golemon and others.

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Wednesday
Sep152010

Leadership Approaches - New Science, Chaos, Complexity Theory

This guide features the growing batch of literature on the applicability of “New Science” to leadership in general, and congregations in particular. One tenet of New Science is capacity of living systems (such as congregations) to self-organize. Authors listed include Peggy Holman, Margaret Wheatley, Richard Pascale, Richard Ascough, and others.

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Friday
Sep172010

Leadership Approaches - Intuitive Leadership

Leading from Values, Feeling, and Intuition is based on the idea that while most leadership training and skills-building, as well as judgments of leadership competence, emphasize the external, rational competencies of information-gathering, strategic planning, etc., there is another dimension that is just as important. It is the internal world of values, feelings, and intuition.

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Friday
Sep172010

Leadership Approaches - Primal Leadership, Emotional Intelligence 

Primal Leadership is closely associated with the field of Emotional Intelligence (EI). It says the fundamental task of leaders is to prime good feeling in those they lead. That occurs when a leader creates resonance – a reservoir of positivity that frees the best in people. At its root then, the primal job of leadership is emotional. Authors include Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and others.

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Saturday
Sep182010

Leadership Approaches - Servant Leadership

The core principle of servant leadership is that leaders serve others. The literature expresses this in at least two ways. The first is found in biblically-based materials on key figures such as Jesus and Paul as the exemplars of servant leadership. The second is from leadership studies, emphasizing “serving first vs. leading first” as an expression of empowering and transformational theories. This guide features biblically-based authors such as Gene Wilkes, Leighton Ford, and Calvin Miller, and corporate-based authors such as Robert Greenleaf, James Hunter, Kenneth Blanchard, and others.

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