53. Do you share leadership?

How do you share leadership? Some would say, you are either the leader or you’re not, you can’t share it! In the times when Kings ruled nations, there was no question of sharing the leadership. His word was the law and you went against it at your own peril. Today we experience a continuum of leadership styles from centralised to decentralised with varying degrees of movement towards one or the other. For instance, the government Read more about 53. Do you share leadership?[…]

50. Are you a generational thinking leader?

When our first son was born, Rite’s mother, her grandmother and great grandfather were all still living. They covered an age range of a few months to 104. So we took the opportunity of having a 5-generation picture taken to celebrate the generations. It was very clear that our son was starting life in a very different world from the 4 generations above him. In 2 Tim 2:2 Paul wrote to Timothy, his “son in Read more about 50. Are you a generational thinking leader?[…]

46. Are you a 360 degree leader?

John Maxwell in his book ‘the 360 degree leader’ talks about the compass directions to identify the different relationships that are required by a leader. These four main compass relationships require different skills, and so as a result we tend to be better at leading and relating in some directions more than others. In this letter I hope you will develop a clearer picture of where your strengths and weaknesses lie and how you can Read more about 46. Are you a 360 degree leader?[…]

40. Can you forget yourself?

I was recently challenged in my thinking by a little book by Timothy Keller called the freedom of self forgetfulness. I will summarise some of the content for you in the following letter. The traditional thinking for centuries has been that the main problem in our world is hubris, Greek for pride, and that people with a high self-esteem pose a greater threat to those around them than those with low self-esteem. Today we tend Read more about 40. Can you forget yourself?[…]

27. What’s your leadership anointing?

Have you ever wondered why some leaders see incredible growth and others seem to struggle? I think back to leaders that I have worked with who have all had great potential. Some have gone from strength to strength and others just didn’t make it. Having pondered this question for some time, the Lord gave me an insight. Put the right gifts together and the ministry will work. Leave out certain gifts and the work will Read more about 27. What’s your leadership anointing?[…]

26. Passing on the baton?

I am amazed when I think of the ministry of Jesus and how he accomplished so much in such a short time. Here I am, still slogging away at multiplication, having been in YWAM basically since 1977 – that’s a lot of years! Jesus started at 30 and three years later not only had he made an impact on the whole nation of Israel but also trained 12 apostles along with a whole bunch of Read more about 26. Passing on the baton?[…]

25. Where do we go from here?

I have enjoyed reading “How to plant a walnut tree” by Trevor Waldock. It shares the idea of planting a tree that will produce fruit for the coming generation. The following letter is inspired by Trevor’s book and a number of thoughts are taken from it. Our Journey: There are points along our journey of life where we need to reflect, take a breath and think about our life and options. It often begins around Read more about 25. Where do we go from here?[…]

24. How intelligent are you?

When I grew up, eons ago, there seemed to be only one form of intelligence that was important and that was getting good marks on my reading, writing, and arithmetic! Since then, of course, our understanding of intelligence has grown. Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences was shared in the first edition of his book “Frames of Mind” (1983), where he described seven distinct types of intelligence – logico-mathematical, linguistic, spatial, musical, kinesthetic, interpersonal and Read more about 24. How intelligent are you?[…]

22. What kind of team?

A well known acronym for team is “Together everyone achieves more”. Well not necessarily. Whether the team achieves more, depends on a lot of factors. What kind of team is it, what style of leadership is being used, what kind of task is the team working on, what skills are being called for, etc? We are in a season where team is more than a value, it’s the ‘in thing’, it’s in vogue. You not Read more about 22. What kind of team?[…]

17. Working Together?

Several years ago I visited a city outreach team who had seen quite a large number of people come to the Lord. They didn’t appear to be a very high-powered team but they were remarkably effective. So I spent a few days with them to see if I could identify the secret of their fruitfulness. As we talked together, one of the secrets began to emerge – they worked together!   There’s a couple that Read more about 17. Working Together?[…]

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