7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis

I recently finished readingĀ Seven Lessons for Leading in Crisis by Bill George. This is a short book that explains basic leadership lessons as described in the names of each chapter:

  1. Face Reality, Starting with Yourself
  2. Don’t Be Atlas; Get the World Off Your Shoulders
  3. Dig Deep for the Root Cause
  4. Get Ready for the Long Haul
  5. Never Waste a Good Crisis
  6. You’re in the Spotlight: Follow True North
  7. Go on Offense, Focus on Winning Now

I found the first three chapters to be particularly helpful. I have a tendency to try to take all the responsibility for getting things to turn around if I am part of a team that is facing a crisis. It was helpful to be reminded to be honest with myself, share responsibility and look for the root of the problem. While the focus of this book is on business leaders, I found solid parallels with leadership in the church. The guidance is illustrated well by narrative examples of leaders who have performed well or poorly in crisis. I found this to be a helpful technique.

I recommend this book to people looking for an easy read that provides pithy guidance on leadership.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher.

Church Leadership Lesson from Disney’s Up

My wife, Nicole, and went to see Disney’s Up in RealD 3D. It was a fantastic movie. I laughed, I cried and I connected with the characters. It was my first 3-D movie, as well, and it was very well done. The 3-D added to the experience and was not used gratuitously. Along with enjoying the entertainment, I felt a strong leadership lesson for the church.

The opening sequence of the movie provides a moving biography of one of the main characters. It brings context to the present and provides motivation for actions in the present.

The same is true for congregations.

Every existing congregation has a story that brings purpose and shape to current and future actions. This can happen both intentionally and unintentionally. If you are a leader in a church, you need to know its story.

Every congregation has a story.

Know it.

Live it.

Shape it closer to God’s dream.

Speedlinking – July 14, 2008