Leading in a fog…

...personal realities.


Having been recently diagnosed with Stage III Lymphoma and facing my second round of chemo tomorrow, I’m some days feeling like I’m leading in a fog. Don’t worry, it doesn’t affect payroll or even mission. It’s just how I feel. I’ve learned many years ago not to lead with feelings, but facts and the inspiration […]

Lead leaders…

...you're not alone.


In this great process of leading, you’ll discover that you’re at your best when you’re leading leaders. At most levels of leadership, this is consistently true. The leader of a country knows he his not just leading followers, but leaders. It’s the best way to maximize your impact and leading. On this basis, we need […]

Lead the best…

...by getting the lead out.


One of the exciting parts of leading is getting going. It’s also a bit scary. How thrilling. The point I want to make today has to do with getting the lead out of leading. That is to say, get the lead out of your shoes, the weight that’s slowing you down and in some cases, […]

Lead with trust..

...for the followers.


In the course of leading, I have repeatedly encouraged the leader to follow God and trust Him completely. The trust I write about today is that of those who follow you. The leader must trust the followers. In the trusting of followers, there is respect and interest. There is listening and circumspect concern for them, […]

Lead through the storm…

...just where you're needed.

life isnt about waiting for the storm to pass its about learning to dance in the rain - quotes -everlasting

This is when the leader can be at her best…in the storm. Conflict, confusion, contention and all can be a challenge, but the leader leads through it. This comment is meant to include even those who lead around it. How the storm is confronted is not the issue. A leader knows what to do in […]

Lead with confidence…

...a sure direction.


All of us are less likely to engage in any significant direction if we’re unsettled about the way to go. I do believe firmly in stepping out in faith, so what’s the difference? Confidence. When the leader is conveying a surety about the direction to go, we are more encouraged to follow. Confidence is not […]

Lead with discipline…

...it's hard to follow random.


Still walking through aspects of leading, I believe it’s critically important that we lead with discipline. There is a perspective of followers that will be set at ease if your lead is even somewhat predictable. The discipline then has to do with consistency, alignment to mission, adherence to moral standards and generally an even pace […]

Lead by example…

...nothing is more convincing.


We’ve established that when we lead best, we do so following Jesus. If Jesus teaches us about how to lead, He did it by showing others what it all meant. Expect people to listen to your leading? Listen to them. Expecting people to be motivated to excellence? Show what motivates you. Expecting people to be […]

Warren C. Johnson

... a man I could follow.


Praise God for His faithfulness and the loving memory of  Warren Johnson, OF! Carolyn and I join the many Salvationists and friends who give thanks to God for Warren Johnson. His ministry and many friendships are unparalleled in The Salvation Army as he readily embraced God’s gift in his life and shared God’s love abundantly with […]

Lead from the heart of God…

...you must know Him.


In the corporate context, the expectation to know God’s heart to be a leader will not be valued by all. I understand that. Many military leaders too wouldn’t be quick to add that qualifier to their list of leader priorities either. That is, unless they knew what I know. God’s heart is at the center […]