Fearless Leadership: Lessons from Psalm 27

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in ...

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3 Questions to Ask Your Ambitions

For the Christian, ambition is not some optional add-on to the work we do. We bear the image of a creative God who has done all things with excellence and has called us to reflect Him in every endeavor. As poet Scott Cairns writes: “Either we are called to greatness, or we are not called at all.” “Ambition is a many-splendored, much-maligned thing,” writes Christian philosopher James K. A. Smith in his latest book, On the Road with Saint Augustine. He points out that ambition can function as virtue or vice, depending on the situation. Surrounded by corpor...

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Finding Your Calling to Find Your Way

John Henry, who has been identifying and training emerging leaders for more than 25 years, writes in his book A Conversation on Calling: Calling is no trivial pursuit. When we do not know our calling, it is like being asleep behind the wheel at night on a lonely highway. To wake up, we need to lift our head, open our eyes and ears, turn on our headlights, and pay attention to where we are going. We may not know where we are right away, but we can pay attention to the road signs and obey what we do know. Like reading road signs, we can stop, turn around if we are ...

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What Is My “State of Leadership”?

There are countless books, articles, seminars, videos, and yes, blog posts, about what constitutes a great leader. And many, if not most, are credible and helpful in discerning what characteristics make up a great leader, and even how to learn to become a great leader. I have personally read scores of books, hundreds (maybe thousands!) of articles, and attended more than sixty seminars and conferences on leadership in the last twenty years. I have been fortunate to experience the teachings of such leadership gurus as John C. Maxwell, Tom Peters, Ken Blanchard, Marshall ...

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