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Book Review: Transforming Leadership

In today’s post, I want to review a book I read a long time ago but recently reviewed to refresh my memory of its contents. Leighton Ford wrote Transforming Leadership: Jesus’ Way of Creating Vision, Shaping Values and Empowering Change 27 years ago. The book is still a worthwhile read, especially if you are interested both in Leadership and in Jesus Christ. An abundance of material is available on leadership. Much of it written on…

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Motivation that Lasts Beyond the Hoopla

I don’t know about you, but I experience a tinge of skepticism when I hear about an upcoming “motivational seminar” or about someone who is said to be “a great motivational speaker.” I know folk who have come away from such events feeling their lives had changed for the better. My question, however, is always, “How long will their euphoria last?” The problem is that quick fixes rarely alter the root of the problem and,…

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The Art of Persuasion

At the root of leadership is influence. Leaders want to influence others and they are good at it. Persuasion is one way that leaders exercise that influence. Persuasion will always involve a combination of three factors: emotion, character, and logic. Emotion has to do with how the person feels about the proposal. Character has to do with the persuader’s credibility. Logic has to do with whether the structure and reasoning of the presentation is sound.…

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How To Lead Change Through Persuasion

At the heart of how I define leadership is change. All leadership is about being an agent of change. While organizations need someone to maintain a smooth running operation, by itself this is not leadership. Leaders see problems and want to solve them. They see possibilities and want to achieve them. They see wrongs and want to make them right. They see opportunities and want to take advantage of them. They see threats and want…

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The Question of "Essence"

The field of Leadership Studies is obscured by “experts” who claim to have discovered the “essence” of leadership. You can check this out for yourself by doing a Google search on the phrase “the essence of leadership.” I came up with 436,000 hits. Such claims often come couched in terms that demean the use of this word by others who define it differently. This effort to monopolize the word “leadership” is misguided. It fails to…

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  • Colossians 3:15 November 22, 2019
    “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
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