Abandoning the Illusion of Control

Abandoning the Illusion of Control

George Bingham George Bingham
Wednesday September 17, 2014

leadership

Leadership positions, using a narrow definition, typically include tasks other than “leading”—like planning goals, organizing resources and controlling finances—“management” tasks. Good stewardship often demands strict oversight of the “things” of the organization, but ideally, when it comes to people, the leader in the leadership role actually “leads.” The challenge of leadership—the scary part—is that the “leading” part of a leadership role means abandoning the illusion of control.

The Only Leadership Definition You’ll Ever Really Need

The Only Leadership Definition You’ll Ever Really Need

George Bingham George Bingham
Wednesday September 3, 2014

leadership

If I ever get confused in my leadership roles, I try to go back to some basic principles.  I remember a speaker once saying that the definition of a leader is:  “one who leads.”  The speaker’s follow-up line was “Don’t let the simplicity fool you.”  So here is my take on the “simplicity” of leading.

Submission is Subject to the Mission

Submission is Subject to the Mission

George Bingham George Bingham
Wednesday August 13, 2014

leadership

Leading is purposeful—it is about pursuing a mission; it’s going somewhere—hopefully somewhere important. And if people are following without knowing where they are going, it might be more of a fan club than followers in pursuit of a mission.

Cut Them Some Slack

Cut Them Some Slack

George Bingham George Bingham
Wednesday August 6, 2014

leadership

“Be known as those who ‘cut others slack.’”  This is one of the many memorable, mind-altering insights from Steve Brown that has stuck with me recently.  It’s his explanation of Phil. 4:5 where Paul said, “Let your reasonableness (gentleness, forbearance) be known to everyone.” The implication seems to be that it is directed at those who have the opportunity or perhaps even the authority to be very demanding—like a leader in an organization.

Wincing at “Christian” Organization

Wincing at “Christian” Organization

George Bingham George Bingham
Wednesday July 30, 2014

leadership

I know people have good intentions, but when I hear “Christian” used as an adjective with business or organization, it makes me wince a little. Am I saying I have a problem with someone wanting to run their business in a God honoring way? Am I saying that there shouldn’t be organizations doing ministry in the name of Christ?