Ron Edmondson

7 Lazy Leadership Practices

Ron Edmondson

Whoever is lazy regarding his work is also a brother to the master of destruction. Proverbs 18:9. Laziness is a sin. It’s also annoying. And, ineffective in leadership. The fact is, however, many of us have some lazy tendencies when it comes to leadership. I do at times.

7 High Costs of Leadership Every Leader Should Pay

Ron Edmondson

Leadership should be expensive. If we desire to be leaders it should cost us something. Leadership is a stewardship. It’s the keeping of a valuable trust others place in you. Cheap leadership is never good leadership. Here are 7 high costs of leadership: Personal agenda.

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When Only the Senior Leader Fully Understands

Ron Edmondson

I was once talking with a young pastor having to make some hard decisions in his church. He was praying, seeking wisdom from other pastors and leaders, and allowing input from the church. He felt confident he was making the right decisions for the life of the church at the time.

7 Ways to Correct a Team Member in a Healthy Way

Ron Edmondson

All of us make mistakes and occasionally need someone to help us become better at what we do. This should always be the end goal of correction. Avoiding the corrective procedure keeps the organization from being all it can be. It keeps people from learning from their mistakes.

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7 Ways We Put a Not Welcome Sign on Our Church

Ron Edmondson

I was running once and saw this sign and the first word that popped in my head was “Closed” Anything which seems exclusive to the people already on the inside makes me as an outsider seem unwelcome. I’m sure that’s not the intent this church has with this sign.

7 Times When It is Not A Good Time To Change

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7 Indicators That You’re Not Leading Anymore

Ron Edmondson

Being in a leadership position is no guarantee we are leading. Holding the title of leader isn’t an indication one actually leads. I have a whole chapter on this topic in my book The Mythical Leader. Leading by definition is an active term. It means we are taking people somewhere.

7 Classic New Leader Mistakes

Ron Edmondson

I’ve worked with a lot of new leaders over the years. Even more so – I’ve been one. Numerous times throughout my more than 35 years leadership career I’ve been the new guy. And, learned lots of lessons the hard way.).

7 Popular Myths about Leadership

Ron Edmondson

This post – posted several years ago – prompted a book. A publishing friend, who had been encouraging me to write a book for years, read this post and thought there was enough here to expand into a book. That book – The Mythical Leader – released last week.

Monday’s Preparation Brings Friday’s Success

Ron Edmondson

In one of my consulting opportunities I was asked to help someone think strategically. We were looking at this person’s ministry, trying to design a system, which would allow for continual growth and improvement.

10 Ways to Create an Unhealthy Team Environment

Ron Edmondson

I am not sure why you would want to, but just in case you ever did, I know some keys to creating an unhealthy team. Seriously, I realize no one intentionally sets out for unhealthiness, but I’ve seen it so many times. There are things which injure the health of a team.

5 Necessary Ingredients In Healthy Delegation

Ron Edmondson

I have seen, and probably been accused of, dumping responsibilities on people inappropriately and calling it delegation. Also from experience, this form of delegation actually appears to do more harm than good for an organization. It leaves projects undone or completed mediocre at best.

The 10 Commandments of Social Media

Ron Edmondson

A guest post from my son, Jeremy Chandler This is a guest post from my son, Jeremy Chandler. Currently, Jeremy serves as a Marketing Manager at Pursuant, a fundraising agency serving the nation’s leading nonprofits, faith-based ministries, and churches. He and his wife Mary live in Nashville, TN.

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7 Markers of a Great Leader

Ron Edmondson

There are some characteristics which set a great leader apart from mediocre leaders. Markers, if you will. Great leaders are multidimensional. While continuing to improve, great leaders have achieved certain characteristics which help them achieve success.

10 Easy Phrases Which Point to a Healthy Team

Ron Edmondson

Do you want to be a part of a healthy team? Do you like simple? Maybe we’ve made this more complicated than it has to be. I think there are values we can strive to attain which can help make our teams healthy.

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7 Observations of Leading Change

Ron Edmondson

I Tweeted recently, “You can have change without leadership, but I’m not sure you can have leadership without change.” ” Change is all around us. But, as leaders, we are called to be agents of change.

If I Only Had One Leadership Principle To Share

Ron Edmondson

I once received an email: Ron, a question for you. If you had to pass one and only one leadership principle to others leaders, what would that one principle be and why that one?

4 Examples When Strategy Should Drive a Leader’s Decision

Ron Edmondson

There are times the “gut call” comes in handy for a leader. Leaders often must make quick and decisive decisions. Past experience and instinct can help a leader make the call when an immediate decision is needed.

10 Ways to Add Value to People (and Organizations) as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

If you are going to lead – wouldn’t you want to lead in a way which creates value in the lives of others and the organizations you lead? I think this would be true for all of us.

7 Indicators Your Team Is Dysfunctional

Ron Edmondson

Chances are, if you’ve served on very many teams, you’ve served on one which is dysfunctional. It appears to me we have many to choose from in the organizational world. There are no perfect teams. We are all dysfunctional at some level and during some seasons.

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5 Vacation Goals for a Leader

Ron Edmondson

I will never forget a sobering question I received a couple years ago. I was on my last day of vacation at the beach and had just finished my last vacation run – vacation runs are the best. A friend texted me.

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One Very Sobering Leadership Principle

Ron Edmondson

There is a sobering leadership principle every leader needs to know. Often we learn it the hard way, so I think it might be helpful if I prepare you for it – in case you don’t know. The fact is: Who you are in your private life impacts who you are in your professional life.

One Hard Truth of Leadership

Ron Edmondson

There is one truth about leadership every leader must understand, but is difficult to receive by some leaders. The probability is good you won’t like this truth either. Not everyone will agree with you – or even like you – if you are a leader. That’s hard, isn’t it?

10 Dangerous Distractions for a Pastor

Ron Edmondson

I encounter so many struggling pastors. And unfortunately, I know so many who used to be pastors, but no longer hold the position. It may be through a blatant sin or a casual drifting from doing what they knew to be right, but it landed them in disaster.

Leaders Must Grow as the Organization Grows

Ron Edmondson

In my experience, it’s easier to hide bad leadership in a place, which isn’t growing. However, the larger an organization gets – the more growth that occurs – the more bad leadership becomes apparent.

7 Suggestions When a Leader Offers Praise

Ron Edmondson

One aspect of leadership is appreciating the people one leads. I must admit, this has to be a discipline for me, because I’m not naturally wired for this. I can be guilty of expecting too much from people.

Leading with Control Versus Leading with Influence

Ron Edmondson

Let me be honest. I can be a controlling person. It’s part of my character. I know that. I test that way with StrengthsFinders. If no one is taking charge, I’ll take over the room. And, not because I’m extroverted. I’m not.)

4 Theories of How a Leader Becomes Controlling

Ron Edmondson

One of the most dangerous forms of leadership, and one of the most frustrating, in my opinion, is the controlling leader. I’ve written about this issue previously, because I believe it is one of the leading reasons for stalled growth and low morale in an organizational or team setting.

3 Ways for Christians to Respond to Tragedies

Ron Edmondson

I wrote this in response to the shootings in Oregon a couple years ago – almost two years exactly. Some thought it was helpful, so I share it here in light of the shootings in Las Vegas, which has been called “the worst mass shooting in U.S. recorded history.”.

12 Hard Things a Leader May Need to Say – And 5 Ways to Say Them

Ron Edmondson

In any relationship, there comes a time where it’s necessary to say things, which are difficult to say, but needed to keep the relationship strong. And, to hopefully make it better. This is also true in a healthy team environment.

An Elementary Approach to Facing Conflict

Ron Edmondson

I’ve seen a lot of conflict in my life. From parents and couples in my office for counseling to employment situations where two people can’t get along. I’ve even seen a fight in the grocery store because someone thought someone else cut line.

Wanting to be Led vs. Wanting to be a Leader

Ron Edmondson

Discerning the difference in leading others I have studied some psychological theory on personality differences and types. I’m certified to administer Myers-Briggs, but have worked with most of the more popular assessments. I generally agree with the theory behind these type tools.

5 Questions to Help Millennials Grow into Leadership

Ron Edmondson

A Guest Post by my son, Jeremy Chandler There will come a point in time in every Millennial’s career when we move from being primarily executioners to leading teams and managing others.

One Sure Sign You’re On a Healthy Team

Ron Edmondson

I’ve often said good leaders never assume silence means everyone is in agreement. Especially during seasons of change the leader can’t assume everyone is on board because they aren’t hearing complaints.

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12 Leadership Principles of Jesus

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These Inspire Me There are many leaders I admire who have influenced my own leadership. I admire the teachings on leadership by guys like John Maxwell, Andy Stanley, and Patrick Lencioni.

12 Bible Verses Every Leader Needs to Memorize

Ron Edmondson

The Psalmist said, “I have hidden your word in my heart so I might not sin against you.” ” God’s Word can be a protection for our heart and soul. It can teach us, convict us, and challenge us. The same is true for leaders. The best leadership book is the Bible.

7 Things Which Have Brought Me Personal Success

Ron Edmondson

Advice to young leaders I get asked frequently by young leader what I would you attribute most to my success in business, ministry or life. Great question. I love people who think. It takes intentionality to achieve much of the success we do in life.

5 “Secrets” Which Can Make You A Better Leader

Ron Edmondson

When I became a leader, I had no clue what I was doing. I was a high school student and had just been elected student body president. I had served as class president and in a few other positions, but there didn’t seem to be a lot of responsibility which stretched me at that point.

The One Trait Every Leader MUST Possess

Ron Edmondson

I’ve meditated quite a bit on this question: What is a leader’s most important trait? Is it charisma? Is it intelligence? Is it wisdom? Is it people skills? Well, while I believe there are many traits and qualities a great leader must possess, there’s one that stands out among all others.

Determining How Fast or Slow To Make Decisions as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

As leaders, we constantly have to make decisions. Everyday there are countless decisions made, which impact or teams and mission. Good leaders understand the ramifications of decision-making and learn to use this power wisely.