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An important leadership lesson. What do you do………..? WHEN YOUR MATES DESERT YOU

Sad-Images-Download-6-269x300It can be lonely at the top. Like the time the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy from a damp, dark prison cell, on trial in a Roman court, believing that the time for his departure was near.

As I recently read this story, I couldn’t help being reminded of one of the great challenges that leaders need to be ready and equipped to face at critical times in their ministry. That being, what to do when your mates desert you? Paul describes this situation in 2 Timothy 4:16-17.
“At my first defence, NO ONE came to my support, but EVERYONE DESERTED me. May it not be held against them. But

WORDS THAT HAVE SHAPED MY LIFE (1 – 10)

Rod Denton Induction at Elizabeth Church of Christ_2012 - Copy (2)(1) “START AT THE TOP AND WORK YOUR WAY DOWN. THEY MIGHT SAY NO BUT THEY COULD SAY YES. “
Dr Robert Clinton, a former professor of leadership at Fuller Seminary had five principles of mentoring. His first principle; it is the mentee’s responsibility to find a mentor. This could be interpreted as the principle of attraction.
Interestingly, it was near the completion of my first year of full time ministry that I attended a small groups seminar that was conducted by a gifted and experienced leader named John Mallison. I immediately was attracted to John and asked if I could meet him next time I was in his home …

WRITE…… with Emotional Intelligence

screenshot-8[1]We live in a world where emotional intelligence (EQ) is of more importance than intelligence quotient (IQ)

“Emotions impact everything we do, think and say, and for this reason, a whole set of skills are all enhanced by emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognise and understand emotions in ourselves and others, and our ability to use this AWARENESS to manage our behaviour and relationships.” (Talentsmart)

An interesting thought came to me as I recently read the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonian Christians. After finishing chapter one it dawned on me that Paul was writing with emotional intelligence. Perhaps it unusually impacted me because Paul’s writing …

The time has come to…MARCH OFF THE MAP

The-Battle-of-Gaugamela-Alexander-the-Great-vs.-Darius-III-7In 330 BC, Alexander the Great had conquered the Persian Empire and in the process had become ruler of most of the known world. With the greatest army ever assembled he decided to continue his push eastward. His vision was unrelenting. He wanted to rule the entire world.

But when they reached the Himalayan Mountains, his leaders came to Alexander with a serious concern. They had  gone beyond the boundaries of their maps. To go further would mean that they would march off the map. They were suddenly faced with two options. They could return to where they came from and stay within familiar territory, or they could bravely march …