5 Keys to Growing New Leaders

Leadership potential exists in almost every person, but people’s capacity to lead will vary greatly. Their development will be a unique journey, one which requires five dimensions to be addressed. These will define the SCOPE of someone’s ultimate influence, which matters greatly for existing Christian leaders for whom the development of others is a core practice of great importance. Continue reading

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Surprising Keys to Creating a Leadership Pipeline

The development of Christians for ministry in Australia has, in recent times, suffered at the hands of a government decision to alter funding arrangements for competency-based training courses. Accredited entry-level options are less sustainable, no matter how inexpensive, without the availability of deferred repayments. Meredith Lake’s The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History details the value of Christianity to the social, educational, welfare and justice systems we often take for granted. Beyond volunteerism, then, churches need a leadership pipeline to ensure the quality provision of their invaluable community supports. Continue reading

4 Questions to Guide a Successful Leadership Transition

I am in the process of transitioning from the role of Senior Minister of a local church to one of senior leadership in another movement. Having once received a heritage of trust to succeed a long-standing and fruitful leader, I am now in that place again, but with the crucial difference of needing also to pass the baton to a new local runner. I have identified what I believe to be four important questions that can help to guide any transition successfully. Continue reading

What Research Tells Churches About Influencing Change

Robert Cialdini’s classic work Influence: Science and Practice has two million sales to back the six techniques recently presented in Joseph Grenny’s Influencer.  He gives some further keys to understanding the conditions necessary for bringing change, but his six principles then markedly influence our actual impact on people. These factors are actually vital for growing healthy churches. Continue reading

Six Factors That Make Change Inevitable

The New York Times bestselling book, Influencer, presents Joseph Grenny’s helpful research into leading change in any community, church, club, workplace or family. The summary version is available via the 2017 Global Leadership Summit (which can be ordered along with the discounted book until stock runs out). Grenny states that successful influencers ‘overdetermine’ change by purposefully focusing on six factors that make it inevitable. Continue reading

What Leaders Really Do

Leadership success is not accidental, but comes from a purposeful series of steps that enact change in a shared ownership of a preferred future. John Kotter’s book offers some crucial insights into What Leaders Really Do. Far from disparaging management, since this provides the mechanics of success, leadership provides the blueprint in several key ways that are not always seen in those with the role description to lead. Continue reading

Situational Leadership for Healthy Growth

Many great people management principles and books are timeless. The ‘situational leadership’ model of Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard is one such gem from the 1970s. It offers four styles of leadership that need to be flexibly applied for dealing with different people and situations. Although only a guide, these are most helpful when considering the best ways to help people move forward so as to inspire their healthy growth. Continue reading