Ellipsis Omnibus

Disillusioned but not disenchanted…


G.K. Chesterton:

True and False Comparisons-
“Tyranny is the opposite of authority. For authority simply means right; and nothing is authoritative except what somebody has a right to do, and therefore is right in doing. It often happens in this imperfect world that he has the right to do it and not the power to do it. But he cannot have a shred of authority if he merely has the power to do it and not the right to do it”

John MacArthur:

The Book on Leadership-

“A leader is not someone who is consumed with his own success and his own best interests. A true leader is someone who demonstrates to everyone around him that their interests are what most occupy his heart. A real leader will work hard to make everyone around him successful. His passion is to help make the people under his leadership flourish.”-12

Dave Kraft:

Mistakes Leaders Make-
“The primary responsibility of a leader is to develop additional leaders so as not to be continually overwhelmed as the ministry grows.”-89

Alan E. Nelson:

Spirituality & Leadership-
“[F]ollowers seek leaders who do not segment their life into compartments, but rather who are whole and authentic. Leaders who are spiritual can’t separate their soul from leading… People who disengage their leading from their spirituality will be seen as hypocrites and as untrustworthy.”-17

William H. Willimon: 

A Will to Lead and the Grace to Follow-

“Faithful pastors must have a vivid sense of vocation, a sense of being summoned by God to do his work. The work that pastors do is too demanding to do it for any other reason than the conviction that one is called to do this work, that God wants you to do it.”-125

Peter G. Northhouse:

Leadership: Theory and Practice-
“The servant-leader concept focuses on the idea that leaders have the obligation to pursue service to others, rather than their own self-interest. Thus, leaders whose primary concerns are their own professional advancement, personal gain, satisfaction of power needs, or a combination of these are failing to meet the basic requirement of service leadership. Leaders must shift the focus of attention from their own needs and interests to the needs and interests of others, believing that ‘serving others is the most glorious and rewarding of all leadership tasks’. Peter block uses the term stewardship for this concept… Stewardship holds authority without using punishments, rewards, or directive power to get things done… motivated not by what they can get from their positions but by what their roles as leaders allow them to give to others.”-241

Robert E. Quinn:

Building the Bridge As You Walk On It-
“In the fundamental state of leadership, we care more deeply about what we are trying to accomplish than we do about the preservation of our ego.”-25

“It is our hypocrisy and self-focus that drain us. When we become purpose-centered, internally directed, other-focused, and externally open, we discover energy we didn’t know we had.”44

“In our heads, we tend to maintain a thick boundary between our lives at work and at home. The boundary is an artificial construction. We live one life. If we are in slow death at work, we also affect

people we work with, but in our self-focus and despair, we also affect our spouses and children. By the same token, if we are revitalized and living a vibrant life, we affect not only the people in our organizations but everyone with whom we have a significant relationship.”-48

“It is the faith to move forward into uncertainty, knowing that continuous clarification of purpose, continuous movement, and openness to feedback will result in the creation of a better state.”-56

Harry L. Reeder III:

The Leadership Dynamic- 

“Genuine, effective leadership must be learned from God’s Word, developed through disciple making, nurtured in God’s church, and then transported into the world.”-11

“First, leaders influence others by embodiment to take advantage of our commitment to imitation. Thus, a leader must develop the skill of being a model.”-43

“Second, a leader influences others by education. People cannot do the right thing no matter how much they admire it in the life of another until the know the right thing; therefore, good leaders influence by education for the purpose of instruction. To do this, a leader must develop the skill of a mentor.”-44

“An influencer’s third task is to inspire new leaders by empowerment. A leader who desires to empower and inspire must develop the skill of a motivator.”-45

“The fourth strategy of an influencer is equipping for the purpose of implementation. In order to equip, the leader must become a good manager.”-45

“Efficiency is useless if you are not effective and to be effective requires faithfulness.”-46

“Godliness is more important than giftedness… Effective leaders must develop a grace-driven and disciplined lifestyle.”-56

“Great leadership requires understanding the mission and holding to an unyielding commitment to remain faithful to it.”-65

“Great leaders take care of their people.”-67

“Great leaders always prepare to reproduce and multiply themselves.”-68

“If you’ve never experienced a failure, you’ve never exercised leadership. An absence of failure usually reflects and unwillingness to take risks because of fear of failure.”-73

“The exercise of Christian character rooted in sound biblical content produces a trustworthy competency in a Christian leader.”-86

“Great leaders learn from the past, live in the present, and lead to the future.”-93

“Grounded in the Word, aware of their surrounding culture, and tutored from history, effective leaders lead to the future” -98

“In leadershp you begin from the end.”-99

“All our relationships with others are affected by our relationship with the Lord.”-114

“There are three types of combat leadership required for a victorious army: visionary leadership, which gives direction; strategic leadership, which gives a plan; and tactical leadership, which implements the plan.”-130

Robert A. Fryling:

The Leadership Ellipse-

“Spiritual leadership can be understood as an ellipse. One focal point is our inner spiritual life, our longings, our affections and our allegiance to God. The other focal points is our outer world and organizational life, what we do and how we do it.”-18

“The sabbath is not a suggestion but a command to cease our work… If we use the sabbath as a means to the end of greater productivity, we have lost the spirit of sabbath, which is to cease from our work that we may find ‘rest for our souls’ as well as physical rest… Sabbath keeping is not a panacea for all of our anxieties and discontents, but it is that tangible, weekly reminder that God is God and we are not.”-41

“We believe that every conversation is a divine appointment, we are more likely to keep eye contact with people and not look over their shoulders for someone else to talk to … We pay attention to others because in doing so we are paying attention to the work of God in their lives.”-173

Henry and Richard Blackaby:

Spiritual Leadership-

“God’s purposes are the key to spiritual leadership – the dreams and visions of leaders are not.”-19

“For true leaders, failure will not destroy them but will, instead, further develop their character.”-38

“The key to leadership development lies not in the experiences, whether good or bad, but in people’s responses to those experiences.”-41

“The greatest area of concern for spiritual leaders is their hearts.”-46

“Vision must be clear, compelling, and common to all people.”-74

“Integrity is not automatic. It is a character trait that leaders consciously cultivate in their lives.”-107

“Leaders lead followers. Great leaders lead leaders. One of the most tragic mistakes leaders commit is to make themselves indispensable.”-134

“More than any other single thing leaders do, it is their prayer life that determines their effectivness.”-151

“People who are unwilling or unable to make decisions are unlikely leadership candidates… Leaders who refuse to do so are abdicating their leadership role.”-178

“Spiritual leaders make every decision with the awareness that one day they will give an account to God.”-190

“As important as decision making is for leaders, making the decision is only half the proces. Living with the decision is the other half.”-190

“People who are unable to admit their errors are not qualified to be leaders. Mistakes are inevitable; true leaders understand this fact and are not devastated by it. The only leaders who never make mistakes are those who never try anything, which is in itself a mistake. Mitakes are often opportunities in disguise.”-191

“Spiritual leadres understand that if they neglect their relationship with God, they forfeit their spiritual authority.”-212

“Perceptive leaders also understand that there are more important things in life than their jobs.”-215

Aubry Malphurs:

Being Leaders-

“Christian leaders are servants with credibility and capabilities, who are able to influences people in a particular context to pursue their God-given direction.”-33

“Servant leaders are proactive risk takers. You won’t find them standing around, waiting for orders. The reason is that the Master has already issued those orders as recorded in Scripture more than two thousand years ago.”-45

“Christian leaders cannot be aimless wanderers. They must have a sense of direction. They are going somewhere, so we call them directional leaders.”-158

James Kouzes and Barry Posner:

The Leadership Challenge-

“Nearly half the population is cynical, and cynics don’t participate in imporiving things.”-xviii

“Leaders venture out… Those who lead others to greatness seek and accept challenge… Leaders are pioneers – people who are willing to step out into the unknown. They’re willing ot take risks, to innovate and experiment in order to find new and better ways of doing so… leaders are learners. They learn fromtheir failures as well as their successes.”-11

“Leaders inspire a shared vision… To enlist people in a vision, leaders must know their constituents and speak their language… Leadership is a dialogue, not a monologue.. Leaders forge a unity of purpose…”-11

“Leaders model the way through personal example and dedicated execution.”-13

“Challenging the process, inspiring a shared vision, enabling others to act, modeling the way, and encouraging the heart: these are the practices that emerge from personal-best leadership cases.”-19

“The First Law of Leadership: If we don’t believe in the messenger, we won’t believe the message.”-26

“The past gives us knowledge and experience from which to draw; the present offers the chance to apply them.”-107

“Leadership isn’t about imposing the leader’s solo dream; it’s about developing a shared sense of destiny.”-124

“Leaders go first, as the word implies”-167

Tim Laniak:

Shepherds after My own Heart-

“A good shepherd is one who sees what the Owner sees and does what the Owner does. He is a follower before he is a leader. He is a leader because he is a follower. The shepherds whom God judges in the Bible are those who forget that the people in their care are not their own.”-22

“Authority without compassion leads to harsh authoritarianism. Compassion without authority leads to social chaos.”-247

James E. Plueddemann:

Leading Across Cultures-

“Leadership development and the making of disciples is at the heart of the missionary enterprise. If the mission enterprise neglects the development of leaders, the newly planted church will be hampered in continuing the discipleship cycle of pre-evangelism, evangelism, church planting, theological education and missions.”-59

“Since the effects of culture are so pervasive, they powerfully influence the way leaders solve problems, delegate authority, set goals, organize churches and plan mission trips.”-74

“All of us are in the body of Christ, no matter what our formal position, must love and obey the Lord while we honor and submit to one another in love. If we follow this principle, we can adapt to different cultural values in the way we lead and the way we follow.”-108

“To be aware of underlying cultural values does not resolve all of the misunderstandings of leadership, but it helps.”-108

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