Ron Edmondson

7 Attributes of a Mature Leader

Ron Edmondson

The best leaders I know don’t have all the answers. They haven’t got everything figured out yet. Most wouldn’t even consider themselves “experts” in the field of leadership. (I I certainly don’t consider myself to be one.)

7 Qualities of an Easy to Follow Leader

Ron Edmondson

Are you easy to follow as a leader? I might ask – are you followable? Followable may not be a Scrabble approved word – or even a word, but the application and the intent of the word is huge. A followable leader has people who want to follow. See how elementary I can be?

Hard Advice for Young Leaders

Ron Edmondson

I have some hard advice for young leaders. Before I share , I feel the need to be clear, in case you’re a new reader or don’t know me well, I’m a supporter of young leaders.

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Excellence Often Comes With Quirks

Ron Edmondson

I heard of a very well known band who demanded Skittles and M&M’s in their dressing room prior to the show, but there was always one color, which had to be removed. The color consistently changed.

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7 Hard, but Hopefully Helpful Words for Pastors

Ron Edmondson

This is for all my pastor friends. It may not make as much sense to readers who haven’t served in that role. One thing that sets me apart from some pastors is the amount of time I spent in the business world is greater than the time I have been in ministry. It has given me a unique perspective.

12 Killers of Good Leadership

Ron Edmondson

In my experience, and some I learned the hard way, there are a few killers of good leadership. I decided to compile a list of some of the most potent killers I’ve observed over the years. Any one of these can squelch good leadership. It’s like a wrecking ball of potential.

One Terrible Leadership Mistake We Make as Pastors (And Leaders)

Ron Edmondson

There are many leadership mistakes we make as pastors. I’m certain I make one nearly everyday. This post is only about one mistake. Only one, but one of the worst. And, frankly, I’m as guilty of this one as anyone. I think most of us are prone to making this mistake.

7 Bottlenecks a Leader Must Avoid

Ron Edmondson

When I owned a small manufacturing company I had to learn the language of the field. I obviously had heard the term bottleneck, but I never really understood it, or the damage it can be, until a bottleneck began to impact whether or not we were profitable as a company.

10 Expectations for Supporting the Senior Pastor

Ron Edmondson

Several years ago, I was asked to speak to executive pastors about a senior pastor’s expectations for their role. Now, as I am transitioning out of the role of senior pastor , I probably have even stronger insight into the subject.

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10 Ways to Handle Conflict in a Healthy Way

Ron Edmondson

Where life involves people – whether among family, friends or co-workers – there will be potential for conflict. Any disagreement there? Want to fight about it? In fact, if relationships are normal, conflict is inevitable. But, conflict doesn’t have to destroy relationships.

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7 Intangibles Needed in Leading Church Revitalization

Ron Edmondson

Many times in leadership the intangibles determine the quality of our leadership. I have learned this is especially true in church revitalization. Of course, we need change management skills, there’s always a need to cast vision, delegation and we must manage effectively.

10 Of My Biggest Leadership Mistakes

Ron Edmondson

I’ve made a lot of mistakes in leadership. One of the primary purposes of this blog is to help others learn from my experience. So, I want to share some of the mistakes I’ve made. I hope at least one of them encourages other leaders.

4 Do’s and Don’ts to Help Ministers at Christmas

Ron Edmondson

I have posted some of these thoughts several years ago, but decided the subject needed mentioning again. One of my goals in ministry is to help protect the ministers and their family. Through this blog I reach thousands of men and women who serve God in a vocational role.

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A Principle I Learned Working Through Team Friction

Ron Edmondson

Several years ago an important team principle was shaped for me during what was really a normal season in our organization. We were in a fast growth period, but that, thankfully, was normal for us. As far as I knew things were healthy on our team.

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3 Questions To Help Discern Difficult Issues

Ron Edmondson

I frequently receive questions I can’t easily answer. Usually the questions involve a dilemma someone is facing, which has no direct and easy answer. The exact answer is not clearly spelled out in the Bible. I’m left to my own wisdom, which I may or may not have about the situation.

Leaders, Let Them See You Sweat

Ron Edmondson

Never let them see you sweat. Or, so they used to say. Apparently the phrase, “ Never let them see you sweat” came from a 1984 Gillette company deodorant commercial. It’s a great phrase. When I was younger, it was a popular cultural saying.

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My Best Advice for Leaders When Things Are Going Wrong

Ron Edmondson

In my pre-ministry business days, Cheryl and I owned a small manufacturing business. We owned another business prior to this one and it had been extremely successful. We were able to sell it and purchase this new venture.

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7 Questions Leaders Should Use Often

Ron Edmondson

Questions are a powerful tool for every leader. The greatest leaders I know ask lots of questions. Whenever I consult with leaders, one of the first things I do is analyze what questions the leader is asking. You only get answers to questions you ask.

7 New Year Resolutions Which Could Change Our World

Ron Edmondson

Whether or not you do New Year resolutions, we could all stand to improve some things in our life. And, if we do, I’m confident we could also improve the life of others. In fact, with a whole lot of improving – it might become contagious – and we might just change the world.

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Discerning the Season of Your Life

Ron Edmondson

As I write this, we are supposedly in spring on the calendar, but today is a cold day. There is actually snow in the forecast this week. A couple weeks ago we had several inches of snow on the ground.

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4 Leadership Realities in Times of Transition

Ron Edmondson

There are some common occurrences during times of change in an organization. If a leader doesn’t understand them the chance for a successful transition is diminished, people remain frustrated, and progress is stalled. Leader, if you’re leading a time of transition here are four things to remember.

7 Lies We Believe As Pastors

Ron Edmondson

I have a heart for pastors. Maybe it stems from the fact I spent more years as a layperson – deacon, committee member, Sunday school teacher – than I have as a pastor. I realize now how much I didn’t understand about the position.

5 Simple Tips to be a Better Dad This Week

Ron Edmondson

I don’t know a lot of dads who don’t want to improve in their role as dad. I grew up most of my years at home without a father active in my life.

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7 Ways I Partner with My Wife in Ministry

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4 Reasons Every Pastor Needs a Good Pastor Friend

Ron Edmondson

Every pastor needs at least one good pastor friend. I’m thankful to serve and have served in churches with a good number of staff members I consider not only co-laborers, but friends. It’s a blessing to do ministry with people you actually enjoy being with each week.

7 Biblical Characters and their Leadership Tensions

Ron Edmondson

I know people who shy away from terms such as leadership when talking about church. One comment I hear is they don’t want us to become too business-like. They believe Christ is the leader of the church and we are simply servants under His command.

5 Questions to Ask Before You Attempt Church Revitalization

Ron Edmondson

It seems every week a church contacts me to ask advice about church revitalization. I also frequently hear from pastors who are considering stepping into a role in church revitalization.

3 Reasons Your Church Needs to Take Training Seriously

Ron Edmondson

In full disclosure, sometimes pastors preach on issues we haven’t mastered. The same is true of bloggers. Sometimes we write about issues we are still working to develop in the areas where we lead. This is the case here. A work in progress for us as a church is leadership development.

9 Things You May Not Know About Introverts

Ron Edmondson

I’ve been an introvert all of my life. I was born that way – or at least I’ve been this way as far as my memory carries me. As a child, I remember at social gatherings people asking me if there was something wrong with me.

One Suggestion to Lower Stress in the Hiring Process

Ron Edmondson

There is so much stress involved in hiring the right person for a team. It would be difficult for our team to call me a micro-manager.

7 Ways to Make Strategic Decisions Quickly

Ron Edmondson

Have you ever said something you wished later you hadn’t? It was a quick response, they needed a decision now – or thought they did – so you fired off an answer. Looking back now you might have answered differently with more information or time to process.

7 Ways to Attract and Keep Younger Leaders

Ron Edmondson

I talk to pastors and leaders my age and older who want to see a new generation of leaders on their team. They claim to love investing in younger leaders. They recognize the huge need in churches and organizations. Our future depends upon doing so.

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10 Life Lessons from “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Ron Edmondson

“It’s a Wonderful Life” has to be one of my all-time favorite movies. I have probably seen it thirty times or more. I read recently, the movie was not a success the first few years after it’s release. No one could sit through the hard part to get to the happy ending.

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7 Impractical Leadership Practices I Use Often

Ron Edmondson

I talk to pastors frequently who find themselves in a difficult situation. Many times they know the right thing to do, but they can’t bring themselves to do it.

7 Potential Barriers to Sustained Church Growth

Ron Edmondson

In church planting, we defied the “rules” of growth for several years. By rules I mean things which happen that naturally stall growth. They are true in every organization. If you don’t understand them you will not be prepared to address them.

7 Ways to Respond to Difficult People In the Church

Ron Edmondson

If you are not active in the local church (which is a small part of my blog readership), please allow me to apologize in advance for this post. It’s really written to those inside the church – especially pastors. Please know it’s not at all representative of everyone in the church.

4 Easy Steps Towards Being a Great Parent

Ron Edmondson

Parenting is hard. I have two wonderful adult children, but I’m still wondering why God blessed us with such grace. Looking back, I’ve learned there are a few principles, which actually work. The title says these are “easy” and they are in some ways.

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7 Ways I Deal With Fatigue as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

I posted previously on what happens when I’m tired. It isn’t pretty. See that post HERE.) I hear someone say every day “I’m so tired” It’s epidemic it seems. There appears to be a lot of fatigue in our world these days. I know it’s true of those in ministry.

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5 Common Elements of All Healthy Teams

Ron Edmondson

What makes up a healthy team? Obviously this is our goal if we lead or even serve on a team. Who would want to serve on an unhealthy team? Talk about wasting time. And, we’ve all been there.

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7 Critical Abilities Senior Leaders Must Have

Ron Edmondson

I have held a senior leadership position for over 20 years and been in leadership over 35 years. In this post, I want to express some things I’ve observed (and experienced) as some of the critical abilities a senior leader must have in order to be most effective.