1. Getting pastors and staff to comply with church financial policies. "Know the rule. Identify the specific law or regulation that may be affected by the church or church leader's activity. Is it an internal procedure? Is it an IRS regulation? Be prepared to clearly state the rule that needs to be followed" ("Coaching Up Pastors and Staff," by Samuel Ogles, SkillBuilders).
2. To get more church work done, consider interns. "Leadership Network recently asked over 1,600 large church leaders: 'Does your church offer an internship or residency program for training future leaders?' A surprising 72% said 'yes'" ("Rising Role of Internships and Residencies at Churches," LeadNet.org).
3. Broaden your church perspectives. "When you travel and see other cultures, you can't help but reflect on your own ideas and ways of doing things. But there are plenty of horizon-expanding options besides travel:
- Read: Specifically read books or articles on unfamiliar topics or by authors who have different viewpoints from yours.
- Visit other churches or ministries: Someone just down the street may have common challenges with you and yet be approaching them in completely different ways.
- Learn from other leaders: Have lunch with a business or governmental leader that you respect. Some of these people are probably in your congregation. Ask about their biggest challenges and how they address them"
("What Horizons are You Broadening?" by Mike Bonem, MikeBonem.com).
4. Showing compassion after mistakes. "It can be frustrating when an employee is not performing well or makes a mistake. But instead of expressing your stress and anger and reprimanding the person, a better approach is to show compassion and curiosity. Suspending judgment, taking time to understand what happened, and coaching the employee for the future will build loyalty and trust, which can then turn around performance" ("Why Compassion Is a Better Managerial Tactic than Toughness," by Emma Seppälä, hbr.org).
5. Notable quote. "One of the goals of a leader should be to encourage, strengthen and challenge a team to continually improve. Almost as a cheerleader rousing the crowd at a game, the leader uses his or her influence to bring out the best in others." —Ron Edmondson
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