Leadership Perception Survey Results, Part 4

As you can tell from the title, this is part four of the leadership perception survey I conducted last month on this blog.  I will share a couple more posts next week to finish this series, one with some thoughts and observations and some of the pertinent statistics, and one about the two open-ended questions in the survey.  Here are the last two closed-ended questions.

Leadership today

Are the qualities to be a successful leader today different than they were 20 years ago?

Yes – 40%
No – 60%

job satisfaction

Does the quality of the leader play a major factor in job satisfaction?

Yes – 99.5%
No – 0.5%

Do you think perception matters in the field of leadership and the people a leader attempts to lead?

Which makes me think of another question, is a person a leader if he or she “attempts” to lead? To be a leader must one have people who follow?

Leadership Perception Survey Results, Part 3

Part 3 results of the leadership perception survey I conducted last month. Check this blog for more information about this survey.

which gender

Which gender makes a better leader in your opinion?

  • Men – 15%
  • Women – 0%
  • Depends on the position – 85%

positions for genders

Are there certain leadership positions a man can do better than a woman or a woman better than a man?

  • Yes 53%
  • No 16%
  • I don’t like this question, but yes. 24%
  • I don’t like this question, but no. 7%

Best development

What is the best way to develop leaders in an organization? (Multiple answers allowed)

  • Education/Training – 36%
  • Modeling – 61%
  • Delegation – 19%
  • Assigning Responsibility – 37%
  • Other – 11%

How good would you be

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best, how good of a leader are you or do you think you would be? (Whether or not you are currently leading)

  • 1 – 2%
  • 2 – 2%
  • 3 – 35%
  • 4 – 56%
  • 5 – 7%

I would love to hear your thoughts. Any surprises here in this series so far. In case you’ve missed any of this survey, click HERE for the original post, or HERE for part 1 or HERE for part 2.

Leadership Perception Survey Results, Part 2

Part 2 of the results of my recent Leadership Perception Survey.

best leader

True or False, the leader is usually the smartest person in the organization.

  • True  5%
  • False 95%

socializeShould the leader socialize outside of work with those who report to him or her?

  • Yes 84%
  • No 16%

current leader

  • On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best, how well is the current leader doing leading your organization?
  • 1 – 6%
  • 2 – 13%
  • 3 – 39%
  • 4 – 34%
  • 5 – 8%

could you do better?Do you think you could do a better job leading than the person you report to now?

  • Yes  33.3%
  • No 33.3%
  • Not applicable  33.3%

Leadership Perception Survey Results, Part 1

Over the next few days I will share some of the results of the Leadership Perception Survey I posted recently on my blog. Just so you know, there is no hidden agenda here. Several have asked. I simply believe perception of a situation matters, sometimes as much as reality. In leadership, we must always be aware of another person’s perception and realize that not everyone thinks as we do. That doesn’t mean perception has to alter what we do, certainly not if we are doing the right thing, but perception can play a factor in success and may alter the strategy we use to accomplish our vision. Have you ever heard of marketing? Successful marketing revolves around perception. Understanding other people’s perception is a part of successful leadership also.

Without commentary, here are the first few graphics.

Question: Are you currently a leader?

  • Yes 76%
  • No 24%

How many total people report to you:

  • 0  22%
  • 1-10 52%
  • 11-25  9%
  • 26-100 15%
  • 100+  2%

Should the leader be entitled to more vacation or other benefits that the people he or she leads, just because of position?

  • Yes  27%
  • No  73%

Should a leader have a bigger office than the people he or she leads?

  • Yes   30%
  • No   70%

Stay tuned for more results.

Preaching to the Preacher (I Was Encouraged Today)

DSCF8439Sometimes I need to get away from the usual crowds, take over my pastor hat, and sit in the audience and glean. Today was one of those days and I am thankful for the blessing.

Cheryl and I are on vacation in the Southwest. First stop was Albuquerque, NM for the annual balloon festival. We spent Saturday looking at hundreds of beautiful hot air balloons and returned this morning for another look. We left in time to catch the middle service of a great church, Sagebrush Community Church. Pastor Todd Cook was ending a series called “Heart” and shared a message that encouraged us to be encouragers. It was exactly what I needed to hear.

I have to be honest. When I first sat and looked at the program for the day and saw that the speaker was going to talk about encouragement, I wasn’t too excited. I’m a strategy guy, not a touchy feely guy. I like purpose, drive, and conviction. I wouldn’t be the first person one would think of when it came to the topic of encouragement. (In my family that would be Cheryl or Jeremy.)

As I sat and listened to Todd, who is a gifted speaker and storyteller, I was personally convicted. You see, I’ve been so busy with my strategy and purpose-driven, stress-filled life lately, that I am afraid I have often forgotten my first calling. I am a pastor. I am to help people move from death to life, from heartache and despair to trust and obedience. That process often doesn’t begin with a strategy. It begins when one person befriends another person, invests in them, and ENCOURAGES him or her to walk in a new way. Lately I am not sure that has been as much of my focus as leading and managing a church. I received “encouragement” today to take a fresh look at how I approach my days.

I am not saying I am giving up my strategy. I am not wired that way and frankly God uses me in that setting. I will never be a Barnabas. I will never be as considerate and caring as my wife. She balances me that way, but I do need to slow down more. I do need to take more time with the smallest needs. I need to be more people-centered. After all, that is the ultimate purpose of my calling.

Thanks Todd for encouraging me today to be a better encourager. God used you greatly in this season of my life.

(By the way, I met Todd after the service, and even though he is pastor of a large church and preaches 5 services each weekend, he treated me so warmly. He certainly did not make me feel I was an interruption. In this too, he gave me a wonderful reminder and encouragement.  You can here his message from today HERE.)

What I’m Dreaming About These Days…

iStock_000009167921XSmallEarlier this week I was looking for an old file and ran across some notes from a “Dream Big” planning retreat we did as a staff at Grace Community Church in August of 2007.  We were almost 2 years old at that time and the assignment was to brainstorm about “the sky is the limit” and “money is not an obstacle” dreams the staff at the time had.  It was amazing to look at the list today and realize that much of the list is being accomplished or could be in a short amount of time. I realized it is time for us to dream big again!

To lead by example, here is what I’m currently dreaming and praying about:

Coaching network – I have long been interested in mentoring. The new “buzz” term appears to be coaching.  Call it what you want, but I am praying about ways that I can invest in others, both in our church and outside our church.  Look for something next year.

Book publishing – I have a few ideas floating around, but more importantly I have an edited Word document with 365 of my devotionals from Mustard Seed Ministry ready to publish.  I am weighing my options.

Grace Community Church– I cannot list all the big dreams here, mostly because they involve other people, but let me just say God is blowing my mind with possibilities.

What are you dreaming big about these days?

5 Things Non-Profits and For-Profits Can Learn From Each Other

This Way That Way Which way to turnI spent most of my career in the business world. I was always extremely active and in leadership roles in church and other civic activities, but I earned my living in a for-profit environment. During those years, as an outsider looking in, I believed non-profits had so much to learn from the world of business.

Having spent the last 7 years in full-time ministry, I realize my perception wasn’t completely accurate. I still agree most churches and other non-profits can learn business principles from the corporate world, but now I realize the for-profit world can equally learn from the world of non-profits.

From my experience in the two worlds, here are a few examples where we can learn from each other:

Non-profits can learn from for-profits:

  • Business management
  • Structure and systems
  • Strategy
  • Performance evaluation
  • Marketing

When it comes to making a profit and producing results, the for-profit world has mastered the task…or at least attempts to do so. Survival and success in this world depends on balancing everything from cash flow to employee performance results in an effort to show a profit to the bottom line.

For-profits can learn from non-profits:

  • Purpose
  • Mission
  • Values
  • People-building
  • Social responsibility

In the non-profit world, the emphasis is on achieving the purpose of the organization. The focus of attention is not necessarily (actually not usually) on business principles as much as human principles. Success is determined more in accomplishing a mission than on realizing a financial gain. Non-profits advance people over profit.

I see a win/win situation when these two worlds collide. For-profits can be even more profitable when they invest in people and work towards the vision, even sometimes at the expense of immediate profits. Non-profits can continue their mission more effectively when they practice healthy business principles.

My questions is: How do we get these two worlds together more?

Are you currently in the non-profit or the for-profit world? Have you experienced both? Do you see other ways we can learn from each other?

3 Reasons To Never Respond To Criticism In Anger

iStock_000003032282XSmallI have grown accustomed to criticism.  When I was in business, it could come from employees, former employees, customers, suppliers, or the public.  When I served in political office, every vote seemed to bring critics from the opposing side.  Now that I am in ministry, I have learned that criticism comes from outside and inside the church.  I suppose it is a part of culture.

Our first reaction to criticism is to lash out in anger towards it.  It is normal to want to defend ourselves, correct inaccuracies and promote the truth.  While I believe we should always speak truth in love and correcting false statements against us may have a place, I do not believe responding to criticism with anger is ever appropriate.

Here are three reasons why:

It’s not right.

I always hear the example of Jesus in the temple, but Jesus wasn’t dealing with their criticism of Him, but their misuse of the temple.  (And He apparently took time to think through His response according to John 2:15…He made a whip…how long does that take?)

It may be true.

The fact is that as hard and untrue as criticism may be, often there are things in the criticism for us to learn, which we may not have noticed without the criticism.  (See a similar post HERE.)

It doesn’t work.

It backs people into a corner and ultimately produces more criticism.

Jesus had the best remedy for handling criticism:

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:27-28)

What do you think? Is this something hard for you to do?

I Recommend The Change Group

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What Are You Contributing To Your Organization?










Are you bringing new ideas to your organization, church, or the place where you work?

You see things no one else sees…

You have experiences and connections no one else has…

You have a unique perspective on life…

You surely have opinions…

Don’t keep them to yourself…

Use them for the good of the team…

What could you be contributing that you’ve been holding back because of fear or lack of self-confidence?

Start sharing today…