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Here are a few of the leadership thoughts I’ve tweeted throughout August.  If you would like to follow me on Twitter you can find me at

  • Leadership competencies determine what we can do; character determines the spirit in which we do it.
  • When you lead with character you win the confidence of the people you lead
  • The leader who refuses to acknowledge they’re running on empty puts the entire organization at risk.#refresh
  • Good senior leaders focus on raising up more leaders; great senior leaders focus on raising up more leader developers
  • Leaders are readers. If you’re not developing your team to be readers then you’re probably not developing them as leaders
  • The most effective way to get rid of fear is to take a step forward in faith
  • Information without application doesn’t produce transformation #leadershipdevelopment
  • A big part of the leadership development problem in US church today is we invite people into leadership but not into a relationship.
  • The reason we don’t see a multiplication of leaders is because we don’t have a reproducible system for developing leaders
  • Insecure leaders insist that people follow, secure leaders inspire people to follow #leadership
  • Young leaders, don’t label your weaknesses to early in life. What you view as a weakness may be an undeveloped, undiscovered strength
  • There’s a difference between acknowledgment & encouragement. Acknowledgment says “good job”. Encouragement is specific about what made it good
  • Small, daily steps of growth take you a long way over time. #personalgrowth
  • The right opportunity + your giftedness = fruitfulness & fulfillment
  • The greatest joy for a mentor isn’t delivering a truth but watching their student discover a truth for themselves

Do you ever find yourself wanting to get better at a skill, ability or talent, but you can’t seem to make any progress?

You don’t have to struggle your way blindly through mediocrity there are actually things you can do to get better faster. Here are five tips that might help.

Tip #1. Exposure -Get exposure to experts

I just finished reading Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon. (Check out his TED Talk)   To refine a skill he recommends you find an expert and exhaust yourself studying that one person. Hey says, “If you try to devour the history of your discipline all at once you’ll choke. Instead, chew on one thinker- writer, artist, activist, role model – you really love. Study everything there is to know about that thinker. Then find three people that thinker loved, and find out everything about them.”

Tip #2. Goal Set: Write two to five goals

Establishing a few goals will cause your mind to focus on progress. Think through why you want to learn this skill? What would it look like if you perfected it? How would it benefit you and those you lead? Picture what good performance looks like and then set a few goals you can strive toward. When you write down goals it makes you more accountable especially if you make the goals public by sharing them with a friend or small group. Continue Reading…

Wouldn’t you love to get inside the mind of your leaders to know what they’re thinking? You know what you think about them, but what are they thinking about you? What are they thinking about your organization?

Are they fulfilled in their current role or are they secretly thinking about quitting? Do they feel sure about their work or are they increasingly losing confidence in their role? Do they feel you’ve adequately prepared and resourced them or are they resentful that they’re ill-equipped?

It’s important to know what your leaders are thinking because what they’re thinking determines if they are highly engaged or progressively disengaging from the mission of your organization.

So what’s the secret to knowing what their thinking? Ask them.

Let me give you two ways you can ask: First you can ask in a conversation.

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