Leadership Thots I’ve Been Thinking – Janurary

Here are a few leadership thoughts I’ve tweeted throughout December and January.  You can follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/maclake

  • The leaders #1 job is to shape the corporate culture of their organization, it’s way too important to leave to chance 2:33 PM Jan 28
  • When a leader engages conflict he opens the door for increased intimacy and understanding. 1:33 PM Jan 27
  • When a leader truly listens his people will feel valued by the leader and valuable to the organization  2:07 PM Jan 26
  • A leader who is struggling may have the right skills but operating with the wrong values 2:05 PM Jan 21
  • You’re not finished developing a leader until that leader begins developing someone themselves. 1:15 PM Jan 20
  • “Don’t try to be the best church in your community, be the best church for your community” Eric Swanson #leadnet 9:56 AM Jan 20
  • Wrong question: What’s the cost of doing training? Right Question: What’s it cost your organization when you don’t do training? 11:00 AM Jan 19
  • Making the wrong small decisions repeatedly over time corrode character, reputation, team unity, morale, and spiritual vibrancy. 1:10 PM Jan 18
  • Leaders love to go fast but don’t go so fast that there’s no one behind you. 1:05 PM Jan 1
  • Learning from our failures by asking the right questions lifts us to new levels of leadership wisdom 11:27 AM Jan 6
  • If we simply change our behavior without changing our thinking, our thinking will eventually lead us back to the very same behavior. 12:39 PM Jan 5
  • Spiritual leadership is seeking the heart of God and surrendering yourself to advance the will of God. 1:17 PM Jan 4
  • Importance of feedback: “IF you don’t know how you’ve performed you don’t learn and you soon stop caring” Colvin. 10:25 AM Dec 10
  • If you find yourself saying, “Oh, we should’ve…” frequently then it’s an indication that you aren’t leading with intentionality. 1:36 PM Dec 9
  • Leaders who do not reproduce other leaders are short sited and ultimately damage the long term health of their organization 1:25 PM Dec 8
  • Leaders who celebrate victories maintain a higher morale than average organizations 1:31 PM Dec 2

Leadership Thots I’ve Been Thinking, November

 Here are a few of the leadeship thoughts I’ve tweeted throughout October.  If you would like to follow me on Twitter you can find me at www.twitter.com/maclake

  • 10:04 Nov 26 Many times organizations build their organizational structures based on relationships rather than reason.
  • 2:13 Nov 25 As the leader I have to learn to ask not only the right questions but the tough questions.
  • 1:25 Nov 24 When leader falls into maintenance mode he plays it safe, postpones decisions, procrastinates on projects and paralyzes the organization.
  • 1:15 PM Nov 19 Understanding the strengths of your staff enables you to effectively position them for success.
  • 1:15 PM Nov 18 When starting new Lead Dev efforts dont start with the place of grtest need, start with the point of grtest influence, that way it sticks.
  • 1:19 PM Nov 17 Passionate leadership gives people faith to believe despite obstacles.
  • 1:15 PM Nov 16 The ability to articulate your ideas is just as important as the ability to create ideas
  • 1:15 PM Nov 15 Many churches are doing leadership development to meet a need rather than to develop leaders.
  • 7:44 AM Nov 14 Leadership development is usually the 1st thing to go in leaders busy schedule or budget crunch…remember that doesnt help the situation.
  • 9:59 AM Nov 12 Fear is the leaders opportunity to break through to a new level of faith and leadership
  • 1:39 PM Nov 9 A great equipper is one who takes the messy material of one’s failure and shapes them into life-changing learning experiences. 
  • 2:15 PM Nov 5 When a leader shines the light on himself he takes the light off the vision
  • 4:15 PM Nov 4When your organization does leadership development it communicates to employees “We want to invest in your success”
  • 1:15 PM Nov 3 Cast vision with passion or others wont be convinced that you’re convinced
  • 1:15 PM Nov 2 Leadership development requires patience, grace, and understanding
  • 12:05 PM Oct 29  Insecure leaders insist that people follow, secure leaders inspire people to follow

Thoughts I’ve Been Thinking – October

Here are a few of the leadeship thoughts I’ve tweeted throughout October.  If you would like to follow me on Twitter you can find me at www.twitter.com/maclake

  • 2:30 PM Oct 29 Insecure leaders insist that people follow, secure leaders inspire people to follow
  • 1:07 PM Oct 28 A leader finds inspiration when he lives for a movement rather than maintenance
  • 12:05 PM Oct 27 Leaders invest 90% of their time on change…90% of people don’t like change…no wonder leadership is difficult.
  • 12:05 PM Oct 26 While leadership can be lonely it also demands aloneness
  • 11:11 AM Oct 20  Mediocrity invades the life of the leader who has lost his focus
  • 12:20 PM Oct 15 Don’t train someone to fill a position, train them to live a lifestyle of leadership
  • 12:06 PM Oct 14 Decisions can make or break a leaders confidence and credibility, so decide now to decide well
  • 12:05 PM Oct 13 If you want to see more people reproducing leaders in your organization then you have to celebrate those who are already doing it.
  • 12:10 PM Oct 12 Pour intensity into something that matters. – Dave Ramsey #cat09
  • 8:59 AM Oct 9 Passionate leadership moves followers, deepens their convictions and gives them faith to believe despite overwhelming obstacles
  • 4:35 PM Oct 8 Ideas without leadership end up in a wasteland of unrealized possibilities.
  • 10:06 AM Oct 6 A great developer is one who takes the messy material of one’s failure and shapes it into life-changing learning experiences.
  • 10:02 AM Oct 5 Sometimes God wants us to expect by faith things for others that they may not even be looking for themselves Acts 3:1-11
  • 7:04 AM Oct 3 If you’re leading out of fear you will never maximize what God wants to do in you or through you. 2 Tim 1:7
  • 9:51 AM Oct 1 Great ideas are commonly surfaced through the noise of a bunch of bad ideas
  • 10:42 AM Sep 30 Disciplined organizations will drive succession planning beyond the level of senior leadership.

Thoughts I’ve Been Thinking – September

Here are a few of the leadeship thoughts I’ve tweeted throughout September.

  • 2:02 PM Sep 28 Disciplined organizations will drive succession planning beyond the level of senior leadership
  • 12:02 PM Sep 25 Work with people to shape their ideas instead of shut down their ideas
  • 4:48 PM Sep 23 Reactionary giving patterns develop when we only emphasize giving in times of need
  • 11:13 AM Sep 22 When you leave, leave well so you will always be welcomed back
  • 9:47 AM Sep 20th  Leaders who put their own needs above the needs of those they serve may gain affluence but they lose influence. Jer 22:14-17
  • 7:47 PM Sep 18 The more you can build a common language in your culture the more you can avoid misunderstanding and miscommunication
  • 10:10 AM Sep 18 When doing succession planning we must focus not only on the new leader but also the new culture that comes with that new leader
  • 1:23 PM Sept 15 The reputation of our leadership will be determined by the wisdom of our decisions
  • 8:54 AM Sept 14 if we focus only on building leaders instead of building a leadership development culture our leadership development efforts won’t last
  • 11:04 AM Sep 13 – One of the primary goals of leadership development is to produce leaders that reproduce leaders
  • 8:21 AM Sep 12 – There will always be signs of life in our life as we stay close to the source of life. Jeremiah 17:7-8
  • 9:20 AM Sep 9th – Recruit for tomorrows growth, not just today’s need
  • 2:04 PM Sep 8th – Sometimes we get so busy doing the work of the ministry that we neglect the work of equipping others to do the work of the ministry
  • 12:45 PM Sep 8th – If you leave leadership development to chance then odds are you won’t be successful in the long term replication of leaders
  • 9:19 AM Sep 8th – When poor performance is ignored it not only hurts the organization but keeps an individual from reaching their fullest potential
  • 3:34 PM Sep 4th – Trust is one of the most critical requirements for effective leadership
  • 10:54 AM Sep 4th – Giving people specific praisings is one of the most neglected tools in many leaders toolbox
  • 9:40 AM Sep 3rd – Just read this… “Make goals big enough to matter, small enough to win.”
  • 9:57 AM Sep 2nd – Too often we focus only on an employee’s contribution and ignore their development
  • 10:01 AM Sep 1 – Continual Growth requires continual risk