Ron Edmondson

The Fuzziness of a Healthy Team

Ron Edmondson

Clarity is often king in organizational dynamics. Clear communication is vital for healthy teams. A huge part of my job as a leader is to help people understand our vision and where we are going next to try to realize it (as well as I know at the time).

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The One Question I Ask When Receiving a Complaint

Ron Edmondson

It would be difficult to be in leadership and not have people upset with a decision you made at some point. In fact, with every decision comes a variety of responses. Leadership guides people places they’ve never been before, so leading always involves change.

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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.

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.

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.

4 Ways Leaders Create Capacity

Ron Edmondson

Capacity: the ability or power to do, experience, or understand something. Great leaders know the more capacity the organization has the more potential it has to accomplish its mission. When the organization begins to exceed its capacity for too long things eventually stall.

Don’t Address the HOW until you Address the WHAT

Ron Edmondson

A principle of leadership I’ve seen it many times. You have an idea – it’s not a bad idea – it may even be a great idea. You just don’t know yet.

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.)

The Way I Respond as a Leader of Leaders

Ron Edmondson

I often get asked about the difference between leading leaders and leading followers. It’s a great question. The question ultimately points to a paradigm of leading people. I certainly know I want to attract and retain leaders on our team.

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.

How Leaders Encourage Cooperation on a Team

Ron Edmondson

Leader, do you want people to cooperate on the team you lead? You want people to get along, support one another, and join forces to achieve the vision? Of course you do. All leaders want their teams to cooperate. It builds stronger teams when people aren’t on islands to themselves.

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.

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.

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.

Your Structure Can Impede Your Progress

Ron Edmondson

It should do the opposite. Whenever I post about how structure can get in the way of progress I hear from people who remind me we need structure to prevent organizational chaos. And, I agree.

7 Ways to Keep a Leader on Your Team

Ron Edmondson

One of the biggest challenges for any organization is to attract and retain leaders. I previously posted reasons leaders tend to leave an organization. Read that post HERE.)

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A Leadership Quandary: To Change or Not to Change

Ron Edmondson

I love continual improvement. I am one of those who actually enjoys change. If things stay the same too long I get bored and begin looking for a new challenge. I even stir things for fun sometimes – just to keep life interesting around me. This is not always a positive characteristic.

5 Ways Ministry Leaders Start the Journey to Failure

Ron Edmondson

One of the hardest things I do in ministry is interact with those who are no longer in ministry, but wish they were. They’ve been derailed. They messed up and either they got caught or the guilt got the best of them and they confessed.

How You’re Perceived as a Leader May Be More Important

Ron Edmondson

Than how you lead I have learned how your team sees you may be more important than who you are as a leader. The perception people have about you matters greatly. Obviously, character is most important. Integrity matters even more than perception.

7 Statements Every Leader Needs To Use Regularly 

Ron Edmondson

One of the goals of a leader should be to encourage, strengthen and challenge a team to continually improve. Almost as a cheerleader rousing the crowd at a game, the leader uses his or her influence to bring out the best in others. Much of this is done by the things we say as leaders.

7 Easy Ways to Encourage Innovation on Your Team

Ron Edmondson

Most leaders want to lead an innovative organization. If you are like me, you don’t necessarily have to be the first to do something new, but you don’t want to be years behind either.

The Number One Principle for Attracting Leaders

Ron Edmondson

This is true in church revitalization One thing I learned very quickly in church revitalization, which I already knew from other experiences, is many times entrepreneurial type leaders disappear when things aren’t working well.

A Critical Leadership Error and 4 Ways to Approach It

Ron Edmondson

There is one critical error most leaders make at some point. I make it frequently. If you’re leading you probably do also. We forget people are trying to follow. We get so caught up in our own world we forget people we are trying to lead are trying to follow us.

Great Leaders Develop a Leadership Vocabulary

Ron Edmondson

I’ll never forget in my first church when a very Christlike deacon pulled me aside and offer me some advice in leading a church. I had been a leader in the business world a long time, but this was new for me. He helped me in ways which are being realized even today in how I lead in the church.

You’ve Been Fired from the Pastorate – What Now?

Ron Edmondson

7 Suggestions I’m at that point in my ministry where I feel like I’d rather cut grass for a living than serve Christ as a preacher of His gospel. That’s just not healthy. But that’s where I am. I’ll never forget receiving this text from a young pastor.

The Work Life Balance Myth

Ron Edmondson

A Guest Post by Shawn Lovejoy Family and work can’t be balanced. The good news is that it’s not supposed to be. You heard me. It’s not in the Bible. Not one time in Scripture, are you and I encouraged to live “balanced” lives. You know why? For one reason: life CAN’T be balanced!

7 of the Most Frustrating Things Pastors Experience

Ron Edmondson

This post, and the opposite one before it, ( 7 of the Most Exciting Things Pastors Experience ) actually began when I received this question on my blog. Ron – What do you think are some of the most frustrating things pastors experience? Great question.

7 Of My Favorite Compliments I Receive as a Pastor

Ron Edmondson

Everyone loves compliments – me included. I received a compliment recently from someone who met me for the first time and it was so encouraging. I met some visitors in the hall at church one Sunday.

12 Leadership Principles of Jesus

Ron Edmondson

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.

Leadership Development for Dummies

Ron Edmondson

Here's all there is to it. Sorry if the title is crude. No implication about anyone here. But leadership development may not be as difficult as we often make it out to be. So why not share the oversimplified version? The dummy version.

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 False Beliefs of the Leadership Vacuum

Ron Edmondson

Many times a leader can be clueless about the real health of the organization they lead. If a leader refuses to solicit feedback, or doesn’t listen to criticism or stops learning, they can begin to believe everything is under control when in reality things are falling apart around them.

3 Problems with Being Too Nice as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

I remember talking with a leader not long ago. She’s an incredibly kind and gentle person. She’s smart, hard-working, and loyal. She’s a relational leader and usually brings out the best in people, so she’s had success in leadership.

4 Free Ways to Grow the People You Lead

Ron Edmondson

There are some common questions I hear from leaders. In fact, they may be some of the most important questions leaders can ask. These questions are the essence of who the leader is and what leaders are to do. Questions such as: How do we create environments where leaders can grow?

7 Things To Do While You are Waiting on God

Ron Edmondson

I’ve spent much of my walk with God waiting. Waiting for Him to give direction. Waiting on Him to open doors. Waiting on Him to make things clearer. Waiting on Him to supply the needed resources. Throughout the stories of the Bible we often find God’s people waiting.

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10 Identifiers to Spot a High Character Leader

Ron Edmondson

Do you want to know if a leader has high character? You simply have to observe them long enough. We demonstrate whom we really are by what we really do. Leaders with character can easily be identified.

20 Leadership Tips in Tweet Length

Ron Edmondson

A friend emailed me and asked for my “top 20 leadership tips” They were doing a presentation on leadership and were asked to share 20 aspects of great leadership.

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22 Things Learned in 42 Years of Ministry

Ron Edmondson

From a Mentor Dennis Newkirk I saw this on one of my mentor’s Facebook wall and felt it might be helpful to some of my ministry friends, so I asked his permission to share it. These are random thoughts about his time in ministry.

7 Leadership Principles Life Has Taught Me

Ron Edmondson

Happy for you to learn from my experience I love principles. Perhaps this is one reason I spend so much time reading Proverbs. Principles aren’t always “guaranteed”, but they are often proven by time and experience. Principles can help us learn from one another.