Leardership Learnings from Nehemiah ch. 7

The Friday morning guys and I studied chapter 7 of Nehemiah last week looking for some leadership principles.

We see a shift in Nehemiah and his leadership in chapter 7.  The first six chapters have focused on Nehemiah rebuilding the wall.  Now in chapter 7 Nehemiah makes a shift from Building Mode to Maintaining Mode.  He seems to realize it’s now time to find out how to keep things to stay as they are.  Up to this point he was always so consumed with getting the wall built, now he seems to be focused on keeping the wall built and teaching the people to live Godly lives.

Here’s three points I believe are important:


Leadership Take Away’s from Nehemiah ch. 6

Last Friday the guys and I studied chapter 6 of Nehemiah looking to learn some leadership principles.  Here’s the links to what we learned in chapter 4 and chapter 5.

Protect Your Time.

In verse 6:3 (NLT) Nehemiah says, “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come.  Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?”  Man, I love that statement.  The evil political leaders of the land are trying to meet with Nehemiah because they claim to want to work out their differences.  But Nehemiah refuses, he was a busy man and didn’t want to stop what he was doing.  The work he was doing was the most important thing, and meeting with political leaders who had their own personal agenda didn’t match up with his vision.

Bible Nehemiah

Leaderships Take Away’s from Nehemiah ch. 5

Last week some guys and I studied leadership from chapter 5 of Nehemiah (a book in the Old Testament of the Bible).

Here’s some of our thoughts and leadership principles we learned from the chapter:

Great leaders ask for sacrifices from their people.

This became obvious when the people cried out to Nehemiah because they had mortgaged their land and sold their daughters into slavery. Nehemiah was making a great sacrifice by feeding over 150 men a night at his dinner table, and was also asking the people to make great sacrifices too. Great leaders ask for great sacrifices, but only after they’ve first sacrificed themselves.

Bible Nehemiah

Leadership Take Away’s from Nehemiah ch. 4

Here’s a few thoughts I learned from my weekly bible study focused on learning leadership from the Bible. Last Friday we studied chapter 4 of Nehemiah. The book of Nehemiah is the story of how a cup bearing servant to a King led men, women and children to rebuild a massive wall in the Holy Land of Jerusalem.

Here’s what I learned:

We can do everything we can, but ultimately God is the one doing it.

We might give our best effort as leaders, but we need God’s help too!


Take Away’s from Choosing to Cheat by Andy Stanley

There’s a group of twelve men who are close to my heart and who I pray for on a daily basis. Most of the men I’ve never met, but I feel that I know them through their books and teaching lessons.

One of these men is Andy Stanley. Many of his leadership teachings seem to resonate with me so much. Many times I read his books or listen to his leadership lessons and feel as if he prepared that specific lesson or book just for me!

Another one of these times came when I read one of his books entitled, Choosing to Cheat: Who Wins When Family and Work Collide?
Choosing to Cheat is a short 100 page book with a simple message that leaders will be forced to “cheat” in their lives. They’re going to have to “cheat” their family out of the time which they deserve for the sake of working hard and becoming successful. Or the leader is going to have to “cheat” work out of the duties and responsibilities that the leader should or could do, in order to maintain the time needed for his family.

Coaching Leadership

Preparing for Being Mentored

Yesterday I wrote about The Need for Being Mentored. Now for some follow up thoughts from yesterday’s post showing you how I prepare for meetings with my mentors.

Preparation is a key element to any leader getting the most out of his mentoring relationship. Whenever I meet with Steve or Mike, we never get together unless I have provided them with 5 – 10 pages of preparation notes several days before our meeting.


What are your strengths?

There's been a lot of talk over the past decade about strengths, talents and gifts.

In Christian and faith based circles this is probably even more common. A search on Amazon for "spiritual gifts" yielded 2,195 results!

There's tons of different strengths assessments and different tools to help you discover your strengths. Many of them are very good and can help you discover and become more clear on your strengths and what God's placed you here to do.

However, even after doing all the strengths assessments. I've found the single best assessment of my strengths has been to discover them for myself.

As I prayed about my strengths, it was very difficult to find what my strengths were. It's easy to take a test and have someone else tell you what your strengths are, but it's much more difficult to have to discover it on your own.

After much prayer, thought, effort, and dialogue with others, I've established that I have four strengths:

  1. Visioning – Seeing the future of what God wants me to create and do to further his Kingdom
  2. Thinking – Generating ideas and concepts that will help that vision to become real
  3. Communicating – Communicating that vision and ideas to a group of people either in writing or speaking
  4. Creating – Make daily progress on that vision to create new things and new services to help people

Discovering your strengths, talents and gifts as a leader can work wonders on your leadership. Especially if you're able to develop and deploy your gifts, then teach others in your organization to do the same.

What are your strengths?


Board Leadership Interview with Roger Carr

Below is an interview that I recently did with Roger Carr who is a great volunteer with the Arthritis Foundation in Virginia as a board member. Some of my past interviews have been mostly targeted towards general leadership, but this interview really narrows down to the leadership required as a board member for a nonprofit organization.

Enjoy. . . .

Q: What caused you to become a board member for the Arthritis Foundation?


Leaders are glad to serve the needs of others

Leaders are glad to serve the needs of others. Often they are too glad to serve the needs of others.


Three Things I Know About Making Decisions

After some reflection and thought, here’s a few things I know about making decisions. 

1. Never make a decision until you have dedicated a significant amount of thought to it.

Some people believe 24 hours is sufficient for thinking about decisions, others think three days is a bare minimum. My philosophy: take as much time as you need.