More Highlights From 7 Deadly Leadership Sins

Quotes about avoiding Greedy and Lustful Leadership.

Michel de Montaigne said, “I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding.  We grasp at everything but catch nothing except wind.”  Greedy and Lustful leadership starts from the place of excess.  A greedy leader struggles greatly with cutting corners for the team.  A lustful leader struggles to not have too many plates spinning. Are you a greedy and lustful leader?

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Beware of the Sin of Greed in Leadership

There will always be a fine line between spending money to make money.  The key for great leaders is to not make it about the money at all (p. 72).

Great leaders are decisive and set priorities.  Greedy leaders try to have it all by putting off decisions and keeping everything a priority (p. 77).

A lack of communication is a great way of leaving people in the dark and destroy a team’s morale.  It creates uncertainty and does not allow a team to anticipate what is coming next.

Beware of the Sin of Lust in Leadership

Frederick Buechner has said, “Lust is the craving for salt of a man who is dying of thirst.”

Lust in leadership is regular distractions by letting new things and new ideas come to the team’s attention instead of allowing the power of mundane follow through of the original goals you have agreed upon.

Lustful leaders really struggle to finish strong.  Finishing strong is difficult and takes consistent commitment.  A Lustful leader only wants to move onto the next thing and has a shifting focus.

Morissey gives some great ideas on how to avoid LUST:

  1. Use a T-chart.  Write down on one side projects that you are working on this month and the other side projects you have completed.  See if it is skewed.
  2. Limit your project plate.  Make yourself a rule.  You cannot take on a new project until an old one is done.  You can decide how many plates you are allowed to have spinning at any one time.
  3. The A, B, C, pilesWhen new things come up give them priority.  Don’t let them take your focus off of what you are working on now.
  4. Celebrate things completedGive yourself a reward for a job well done.
  5. Be accountable and Make targets publicFind a teammate to hold you accountable to setting smart goals and then make them public.

 

How Does the Kingdom of God Grow?

A Lesson from the World of Agriculture

Before I tackle that question, let me ask, “Did Jesus talk more about the Kingdom or about the Church?”  If you said, “Kingdom,” you would be absolutely right.  In fact, Jesus talked about the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven over 100 times and about the Church about 3 times.  The most famous is Peter’s confession of Christ and Jesus’ response saying, “I will build  my church (Matthew 16:18).”  Just a simple look and one will conclude that Jesus wanted to build a Kingdom that would cover the entire globe.  The Church is not bigger than the Kingdom.  The church is a vehicle to build the Kingdom.

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The first command Jesus gives His followers is to “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15).  One of the goals of His followers is to set up God’s Kingdom here on earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10).  Jesus even tells His followers to Seek first the Kingdom (Matthew 6:33).  What does that look like?  How does the Kingdom of God grow on earth?

Typical thinking would say we build the Kingdom of God with a preacher, a church building, a stunning worship band, lights, and a haze machine.  The preacher should be able to communicate to a large crowd so people would listen.  The problem with that thinking is it cannot be found anywhere in the Bible.  Kingdom growth is much more simple than that.  It is simple and transferable.  Kingdom DNA has the power of reproduction in it from beginning to end.  Jesus tells us clearly how the Kingdom of God grows through a lesson from agriculture.

The simple and reproducible lesson is found in Mark 4:26-29.  This parable of Jesus is ONLY found in Mark.

26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

I am amazed every time I think about how Jesus says the Kingdom grows.  Only 5 things are necessary for the KINGDOM OF GOD TO GROW (maybe 6).

  1. A Sower
  2. Seed
  3. Soil
  4. A Season of growth
  5. A Sickle (harvest tool)

Sowersare the beginning of God’s plan. They are men and women who are willing to cast the seed. God has chosen to use US, his people to be catalysts for HIS KINGDOM growth.

  • What does a Sower do?
  • Who is qualified to be a Sower?

READ- 2 Corinthians 9:6

Seed The Word of God from the hand of the sower. God has provided us a picture of Kingdom growth to be like a seed planted in the ground. In another place, Jesus talks about SEED as being the word of God (Mark 4:14).

READ- Romans 10:17

Faith comes by hearing. Yet not everyone who hears believes (Matt 13:14). Some people’s hearts are just not ready, but that is not our job to distinguish between the two.

The sower sows the seed. The sower also tries to remove any obstacle from growth to happen. We want to do our best at being able to be hearable, loving, and full of grace and respect.

  • What is the best way to sow seed?
  • What barriers exist from keeping people from receiving the seed?

SoilThe hearts of the lost in which seed is cast. Everywhere we look we can see spiritually lost people whose hearts are far from God.

  • How many lost people do I know personally?
  • Do I know the condition of their soil?

SeasonCommitment to the sowing of seed and harvest. No seed grows over night. NO farmer sows one day and expects to reap the next day. The wise farmer returns to the field where the seed is sown regularly.

  • Are you committed to bringing the harvest in?
  • How much priority do you give to checking on the growth of the seed you cast?
  • Are you patient to wait for the harvest?

SickleWorkers in the harvest force intentionally seeking to bring the harvest in. It only takes one to sow but it takes the entire community to bring in the harvest.

READ- Luke 10:1-2

  • What resources do we have for bringing in the Harvest?
  • Is your sickle sharp?

I said there might be a sixth necessary thing…

Spiritread Mark 4:27…there is a worker that is working behind the scenes. Seeking to live on mission or go on mission without the power of the Holy Spirit is like planning a trip to the moon without a rocket ship. God calls and God empowers us through the HOLY SPIRIT.

  • How often do you spend learning about God and listening to God?
  • How would you describe your relationship with God?

The Declaration of Independence

An amazing act of courage...basically 56 men signing their death warrants.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Georgia:
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

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North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

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Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

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Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Massachusetts:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

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How to Make a Good Decision

And have peace of mind at the same time.

Decision making is tough for those who think it is easy.  It is doubly tough for the indecisive among us.  I am not sure what the percentages are but I can’t imagine a majority of people enjoy making decisions.  Decisions are here to stay.  They cannot be avoided.  They only vary in size and impact.  I have no doubt that decision making can become something that we get better at with time.  What are the best steps to take to make a solid decisions?

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Decisions come in big and small packages.  Here are 4 steps to take in making a good decision.

  1. Look outside of the box for both/and instead of either/or.
  2. Sometimes only Time will tell.
  3. Kick the can down the road.
  4. Prepare for failure.

Look for Both/And and not just Either/Or

When making a decision, put all the known data and information on the table.  Then ask, “Is there a Both/And solution to be made here?”  The stress of decision making often comes from the fear of not getting “IT” right.  If it is as simple decision such as what to wear (I think that is simple but then I have heard that some people change clothes 2-3 times before leaving the house) then a YES/NO or EITHER/OR will be appropriate.  You can use gut feelings, plurality of counselors (husband, kids, friends, etc), and past experience (how these clothes looked last time you wore them) to help guide the decision.  But what if it is a grey area where it goes beyond a simple yes/no.  How do you make a decision?  Like, how does one decide on staffing a position, cutting an initiative, adding an initiative, or what to do on vacation?  Look for a Both/And and not just and Either/Or.  Chip and Dan Heath call this, “Narrow framing.”  They wrote a book called Decisive.  Narrow Framing comes when we limit our choices to those that are obvious.  In order to get the focus broadened, deliberately ask what would happen if we couldn’t do any option or what would happen if we could do two options.  For instance, hiring may be avoided by re-structuring or doing both.  Get outside the box and take a risk.

Give it Some Time

As long as it is available, time is a friend not an enemy.  Calm leadership is nearly always the best leadership when it comes to decision making.  Poor decisions are rushed.  Good decisions come from taking your time.  Don’t be afraid to say, “Let’s TABLE that for next time.”  Sleep, life, eating, and relating can bring a ton of great insight.  BE PATIENT.

Kicking the Can

Can the decision be put off?  If not, think in terms of what the outcomes might look like in the short term and the long term.  It takes guts but it also takes understanding reality.  Many a poor decision has been made because someone’s gut got in the way of clear thinking.  A great way to kick the can is to consider what it would like if a decision was made through a test of it.  For instance, if an organization is not sure about how to change a procedure they can try something out for a short time and make tests and gain more information.  What is true of procedures may also apply to personnel.

Prepare for Failure

The reason we don’t prepare for failure is because we don’t appreciate it enough.  Failure is a massive blessing.  In the 1960s, IBM CEO Tom Watson called an executive into his office after his venture lost $10 million. The man assumed he was being fired. Watson told him, “Fired? Hell, I spent $10 million educating you. I just want to be sure you learned the right lessons.”  Organizations can learn from this example.  Instead of fearing failure we should spend some time celebrating failures.  Without failure there may have not been risk and without risk there is often no productivity.  If the ship is on autopilot the team avoids failure but there is no real growth either.

 

The SCOTUS, Jesus, and Marriage.

How should a Christian respond?

On Friday of last week the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) ruled 5-4 that same-sex marriage is a new civil right for the entire country.  It was a huge victory for the LGBT community who for 46 years have been pursuing equality in marriage.  For many who hold tight to traditional marriage values it was a seismic blow.  How should a Christian respond?

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Do you care about the ruling the SCOTUS has brought down?  How has it made you feel?  If one takes a peak at Facebook you would no doubt get differing opinions from everyone.  Perhaps you have ran across an old high school friend who you thought had a different view from the one they had when they were in high school and now their profile picture is covered by a rainbow.  Maybe you are just seething by the ruling and thinking about moving to another country, or maybe go underground and live out your days in isolation protecting your family from the big bad evil progressive culture, or simply go mainstream with a “if you can’t beat ’em join ’em attitude”.  Maybe you are elated about the ruling and finally feel the country is headed in the right direction, finally a #lovewins time.  Or maybe you just don’t care at all.  What should a Christian’s response be to the SCOTUS ruling on same sex marriage?

I was talking to my son and said, “The SCOTUS 5-4 ruling will surely make being Christian uncool which is not necessarily a negative thing at all.”  I asked him if he agreed with the ruling?  He said, “Honestly Dad I don’t care about the ruling either way.  I don’t agree with it but I really don’t care.”  He said, “Segregation used to be the law but it didn’t make it right.”

Here are some of my thoughts on the matter.  I am of the opinion that there is a lot of good that can come of this.  I look forward to having great conversations with people.  I think this has caused a door to open for honest and profound spiritual discussions.  We are living in electric times.  God is not sitting in a rocking chair biting his finger nails, wringing His hands and worried over what is happening in the US.  God is still in control and has a story to share.  He wants Christians to share that story of a Creator’s love and live it out daily.  I also believe that Jesus’ example of sacrificial love is a good example to follow.  He would never bash an LGBT person because of their beliefs and desires.  He would want to be around them.  He would love to dialogue with them.  Here is God’s story of how a loving Creator has made a way for all people to have a relationship with Him:

  1. God is a loving creator who at the pinnacle of His creation, created man in His image and for a personal relationship based on free will.
  2. All people have sinned and have fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 2:10-20; 3:23).  Instead of choosing to have a relationship with God, we scorned his pursuit.
  3. Separation from God is the consequence of sin, the Bible calls death separation (Isaiah 59:2, Romans 6:23).
  4. Even though His love was scorned by people, at the point of scorn and when we were turning our backs on Him, he was making the choice of becoming sin for us by sacrificing Himself on the cross (Romans 5:8).
  5. His perfect life and sacrificial death is the solution for our sin problem.  Sin is anything we think, say, or do that doesn’t honor or please God.
  6. We can know God if we, by faith, choose to accept the gift of God which is his gift of eternal life and knowing God personally (Romans 10:9-10).  Faith is a choice anyone can make.  It is not the amount of faith a person has that is important but the object of that faith.

The reason there is so much passion behind this particular ruling is due to what many see as a clear standard for marriage coming from Jesus himself.  It matters greatly what Jesus thinks about marriage.  He thinks that the design of marriage is as old as creation itself in Mark 10:6-9:

But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

A man and a woman coming together in marital emotional, relational, physical, and spiritual union is the design of God.  This was His plan; not same-sex connections.  Piper wrote, “For those who have forsaken God’s path of sexual fulfillment, and walked into homosexual intercourse or heterosexual extramarital fornication or adultery, Jesus offers astonishing mercy in 1 Corinthians 6:11:

Such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

I’m not making this stuff up.  God’s design has become outdated to our current culture’s sexual ethic. In fact, if one believes the Bible, they will be labeled a bigot and a social pariah.  So what is a Christian to do?  My prediction is that being a Christian will begin to be a little tougher.  I think the Church in America will begin to get purified and claiming allegiance to Christ will have a cost related to it.  In Texas, where I live, Christianity can sometimes be a fashion statement.  I don’t think that bedazzled crosses on hats and shirts will stop selling but as the culture continues to move away from biblical standards Christians will be forced to make a stance and that stance might cost them relationships, business ties, and possible litigation.  I have thought for about 4 years now that those who oppose Church and conservative values have been trying to take away the 501(c)(3) status.  That may happen and if it does one will have to figure out why they are giving to a Church or faith based ministry in the first place.  There will be a cost to following Christ.  I think that is a good thing.

One last thing about parenting and family.  If your family holds to a biblical sexual ethic then it is important to communicate to your kids what the Bible says and why your family believes it.  Ultimately, each child will have to make up their own minds.  A liberal, progressive, sexual ethic is going to be around for a long time.  But there has never been a time in any culture where it has been easy to stand for Christ now is not the time to stick your head in the sand.  It is the time to enter into dialogue with all kinds of people, share your story and God’s story and educate your kids to why you believe what you believe.

The Controlling Leader Shall Inhibit the Earth

Thoughts from Hans Finzel Chapel Message 5 Years ago

John 13:1-3 is the Foundation for servant leadership.  What He knew is the key to this Foundation.  He knew He was God.  He could have been waited on hand and foot.  He was always in control!  He was the only one who had the right to be a dictator.  Yet he was willing to give up his control.  He laid his control aside and picked up a towel and washed feet.  That is servant leadership.

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John 13:4-11 The Demonstration

Foot washing was as common as taking someone’s coat at the door of a house in homes that have butlers or maids.  The servant of the home washed the dirty feet of guests (servants were not admired in those days).  Jesus’ disciples did not understand servant-hood at all.  These men just argued amongst themselves on who they thought the greatest was among them.  This is not something that could continue if the Kingdom of God was going to be established through these men.  Apparently there was no servant present to wash feet and so the feet were unwashed.  Jesus seized the moment and made a lasting impression for all time of one of the most powerful pictures of servant leadership.  He got down on his knees and washed the disciples feet.  If you have ever had your feet washed by someone great it is an extremely humbling experience.  What makes this demonstration so ridiculous is the fact that Jesus knew God was giving all things into His hands and that he had come from God and was going back to God (13:3).  He only has a few hours left and he washes feet. 

John 13:12-17 The Explanation

Jesus asks if they understand why He did this.  Was he trying to get them to make foot washing a standard of ministry often?  Was he trying to make foot washing a great idea sometimes but live a life of servant hood often?  Was he only saying that servant hood attitude is paramount to being a part of God’s Kingdom?  Some people connect foot washing with communion.  However, foot washing never comes back up.  I tend to think Jesus is giving us an example to serve all people, even those we think are below us.  Do you want to make an impact with those around you?  Be like Jesus and serve them.

Bringing it to the Marketplace

There are some great applications for life in this story.  How would a boss or an employee of a company practice servant leadership?  Here are some Characteristics of Servant Leadership that can be applied today at your place of work.

Listening.  Servant-leaders seek to identify and clarify the will of the group and/or the individual.  Not only must you hear what is being said, you have to notice what’s not being said.  Prideful leaders don’t want to listen at all.

Awareness. You must be aware of the people, situations, feelings, strengths, and weaknesses of those around you.  You must be aware of all of those things about yourself.  Being aware of people is a difficult task for leaders who are driven by thinking and strategy.  A servant leader is able to take a step back and be aware of those around them.

Persuasion.  This offers the clearest distinction between an authoritarian, fear-based leader and that of servant-leader. Persuasion is typically seen as a bad word, but not from the mouth of a humble person.  Servant-leaders seek to convince others and build the team.   Consider persuasion as the ability to open another person’s eyes to possibilities they had not considered.  Be careful of running over people in your attempts to persuade.

Stewardship.  Stewardship is the art of taking care of stuff.  This could be stewarding the team as well caring for the equipment and related finances.  For finances and equipment care don’t forget what your Dad used to say, “Take care of your stuff son!”  Taking care of yours and others stuff is a humbling job.  But never forget it is all God’s anyways.

Commitment to the Growth of People.  Growth is not just technical in nature.  Consider their personal growth and spiritual growth as well.  A servant leader will consider the life work balance of all on their team.  You need to decide how you can do that best for each person on your team.  Servant leaders greatly hunger to see people around them growing.

Building Community.  It takes a servant leader to model and persuade a team of people to be together.  A community of people working together to accomplish a goal is inspiring and motivating to everyone.

Highlights from 7 Deadly Sins of Leadership

Quotes that got Highlighted

7 Deadly Sins of Leadership has been a rather good read.  Very simple in its approach.  Here are some quotes that have stood out.

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Introduction of the Book-

Ignorance is a death sentence for any leader as it eliminates the option to take action effectively (on Kindle- Location 77).

The Chapter on Gluttony-

The leader finds excessive complexity more useful and satisfying than effective simplicity (p. 3 Location 154).

N0 Delegation- under Gluttony-

Great leaders use delegation as a time management tool for themselves and as a development tool for their team (p. 5 Location 154).

Remember we are looking for flexible ways to maintain control.  One of those is to set deadlines for our team well before the actual deadline which allows us time to review work and determine if anything needs to be reworked, adjusted or added. (p. 14 location 267).

The Chapter on Pride-

A humble leader does not necessarily think less of themselves, but they think of themselves less (p. 33 location 498).

Never Listens – under Pride-

Listening is like oxygen for a leader.  Without it, their team cannot survive and thrive (p. 37 location 538).

Poor Hiring and Promoting- under Pride-

A great leader strives to make themselves obsolete by grooming the next leader from within the team (p. 61 location 912).

The 7 Deadly Sins of Leadership: And How to Overcome Them in Yourself and Others (2014)

Every leader will encounter the good, bad, and ugly aspects of human nature and behavior. Both in themselves and others that they rub shoulders. In the 7 Deadly Sins of Leadership, Morrissey sets out to give insight and provide a plan for dealing with each of the “sins”. He does it in three ways; each chapter has a self-assessment (ignorance is a death sentence for any leader as it eliminates the option to take action effectively), an understanding the behavior section (each leadership sin manifests itself in certain behaviors, each chapter deals with these separately), and a taking action section (once we have laid the groundwork for understanding ourselves and our behavior, we can take steps to becoming a more effective leader).  Finally, he offers the “grey area.”  Use with caution as the suggestion may be a bit risky.   Morrissey is quick to say that some of the book may or may not relate to each person but he leaves a caveat, if you don’t relate now, beware you may in the future. This is a resource that can be revisited throughout one’s career.  The chapter titles are:

  1. Gluttony– No Delegation.  Micromanagement. Refusal to Simplify.
  2. Pride– Never Listens. Lacks Trust.  Poor Hiring & Promoting.
  3. Greed– Money Focus, Indecisive with No Priorities, Lack of Communication.
  4. Lust– Lack of Follow Through, Short-Term Focus, Constant Reorganization.
  5. Sloth– Lies, Focus on Little Things, No Passion, No Creativity,
  6. Envy– Perfectionist, Irrational Comparison.
  7. Wrath– Anger, Prohibit Mistakes & Foster Blame, Focus on Negative.

As I work through this book, I will be providing updates.  So far it is a great read, very simple.  There is a list in Proverbs 6:16-19 that captures the essence of these sins, the closest New Testament parallel is found in Galatians 5:19-20.  The 7 Deadly Sins came from Pope Gregory in the 6th Century.  These became cemented into Catholic Church doctrine ever since.   So far the origins of the 7 Deadly sins have not been brought up in this book.  This is a management/leadership book from a secular perspective using these 7 Deadly Sins terminology.