Emotional Health for Improved Leadership

Being emotionally healthy is often a matter of perspective. Though we might feel we can quantify other people’s responses to life, the responders themselves may be of a different mind as to the rightness of their actions. This is why leaders’ own judgments need great care. The brain partly assesses situations quickly through the recognition of behavioural patterns but it also stores memories along with emotional tags. This means that leaders’ treatment of people can contain an inherent, though unintentional, bias. There are three major triggers for such lose-lose outcomes in otherwise-well adjusted leaders, each with a clear remedy and some suggested resources. Continue reading

1917-2017: Leadership Lessons from the ‘Great War’

Recent growth in the ANZAC legend reached its peak with the 2015 centenary of the miscalculated Gallipoli landing of the First World War which claimed more than 11,000 members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It was later said that, had the outstanding Australian General, Sir John Monash, commanded all the allied troops, the war would have been won earlier. Australian contributions to success in this ‘Great War’ are often undersold, but the 100th anniversary of three key battles reveals some important leadership insights. Continue reading

What All Effective Teams Need

Well run teams are more essential than ever before in growing complex organisations. There are few that are as complex and inspiring as churches, given that they achieve enormous output in welfare and community support, give substantial aid to developing nations, provide counsel for life-controlling addictions and relational difficulties, and offer countless other services, often without external support and on limited budgets. The sheer volume of volunteerism that needs to be managed involves incredible feats of cooperation across a range of skills areas. Here are a few important keys to improving team function. Continue reading

Playing the ‘Unbiblical’ Card Unbiblically

church towerDenominations are so often written off as being an ‘unbiblical’ human invention. That is about as simplistic as suggesting we should have no ministry to kids or youth, no men’s breakfasts, no conferences, and no Bible Colleges, just because they aren’t explicitly mentioned in the Scriptures, either. We don’t live in the first century, and the Bible therefore has to be applied carefully so that we uphold its values and norms without ridiculing or negating helpful contemporary contexts. Continue reading

Creating a Positive Team Culture

teamOne of the most common mistakes leaders can make is in allowing too much negativity in teams. This can happen inadvertently when teams critique activities, but also when individuals within them become increasingly opinionated. Of course, this does not mean that criticism should not happen and it doesn’t mean offering false positives or offering only positives, either. Quite simply, a desire for realism needs to be positively focused. Here’s a few vital characteristics of teams that display this trait. Continue reading

Three Powerful Truths About Relationships

teamEmotional Intelligence is a highly-desired commodity in any ‘people business.’ The particular filter with which we view our interactions with others will naturally affect the quality of those relationships. Unfortunately (or, sometimes, fortunately!) people who are not especially close will rarely confront problems directly. Calm and candid conversation often gives way to extremes of emotionalism or avoidance as a form of self-protection. Of course, in balance, these are nevertheless important values, so wisdom is needed in navigating this terrain. Cultivating trust that opens the heart and not just the head needs responses that embrace three powerful truths. Continue reading