What kind of leader are you? Do you know? Because the people you lead sure do! Leaders come in many shapes and sizes, but today I’d like to explore two different kinds of leaders that create two very different kinds of teams, organizations, and experiences. The first is the “Champion.” The champion is someone who […]
When you’re looking for new student leaders for your ministry, what do you look for most? Is it particular skills and abilities? A vibrant faith? A certain kind of personality? Are there particular qualities and characteristics that you need to see, at least at some level, if you’re really going to consider a student […]
I’ve recently been reminded that all leadership is not equal. I’m sure we all know this — on one level. And yet, sometimes it’s not until we see first hand (or hear the laments or praises of someone who is experiencing something very different from what we are), that we are reminded that no, […]
This is one of a series of questions I ask every student during their interview for a leadership position. More often than not, they seem confused by the question. They usually respond with some derivative of “Wow, that’s a hard question” or “I am not really sure I have ever thought about it.”Even those who […]
A collegiate ministry is only as strong as its weakest link. I think Jesus got it right. He picked some pretty strong links. The leadership team of any collegiate ministry must function as a well-oiled machine if the ministry is going to achieve maximum impact on their campus for Christ. I love my leadership team. […]
People are watching. And we know that the Church (which our ministries ultimately fall within the framework of) is in the midst of a publicity nightmare within North America. We live and serve within an increasingly post-Christian nation — and I think a lot of it has to do with the ways we as Christians […]
I ran across an article over on Mashable.com yesterday talking about some of the online practices of young adults — especially as they relate to future job prospects. In a poll of 1,000 young adults (between the ages of 18 and 34) conducted by FindLaw.com, findings showed that 29% of respondents reported regretting something they […]
Faith ON Campus is excited to announce the next Blogathon:
Back to School | August 6-8, 2013!
I know it probably feels like the summer just started — but the reality is that the new school year is just around the corner — so with that in mind, it’s time to make plans and preparations for this upcoming opportunity to come together for some collective thinking and sharing about how to make the most of this critical time of the year!
That’s what the Back to School Blogathon is all about!
I recently ran across this quote while re-reading Parker Palmer’s, Let Your Life Speak:
We will become better teachers not by trying to fill the potholes in our souls but by knowing them so well that we can avoid falling into them. (Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak, p. 52)
As I read and re-read those words, something resonated deep within me, and I was able to see how these wise words apply for beyond the scope of teaching — to touch most of life really.
Given the work that we do with students, my first thought was to replace the word teachers in the aforementioned quote, with the word leaders (or pastors or equippers:
So I’ve got one last post (for now anyway) on the interesting leadership experiment taking place within the San Francisco 49ers organization.
Earlier this week I posted on what young leaders could learn from Colin Kaepernick — the 24-year old quarterback that has been thrust to the helm of a Super Bowl contender.
I also posted on what established leaders might learn from Alex Smith — the long-time starting QB for the 49ers — who had helped to lead the Niners to a 6-2-1 record this season, before getting injured a few weeks ago, and subsequently been replaced by his back-up.
Today I’d like to focus on the man behind this grand leadership experiment — 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh.
I think what I’m most taken with is his willingness to take (what appears to be) such a BIG risk.
How do you handle adversity?
How do you handle unexpected adversity? I mean the kind of adversity that totally knocks you upside the head — because you just never saw it coming?
In the face of that kind of adversity — how do you lead?
These are a few of the questions I’m asking myself as I watch the quarterback situation unfolding in San Francisco.
Have you heard about the “Kaepernick Factor?”
I’m going to guess “No” — in part, because I may have just made it up.
Colin Kaepernick is the new starting quarterback of the surging San Francisco 49ers.
As a 24-year old who has been thrust to the forefront of a Super Bowl contender, he has won his first two NFL starts — leading his team to big wins over the Saints and Bears in back-to-back weeks.
Kaepernick got his big break when Alex Smith, the overall #1 pick from the 2005 draft, got injured during the 49ers win over the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 11th.
Although Smith has been cleared to play, Kaepernick continues to look like the Niners new leading man.
And before this starts to sound too much like a guest post for ESPN, let me tell you what I think any of this matters to you — and the young, aspiring leaders you serve…