The trap of trying to please everyone

The trap of trying to please everyone

Leadership roles can cause us to be more influenced to say YES, to as many things as possible, instead of saying NO. Mainly because as a leader we don’t want to disappoint anyone we lead. If we disappoint someone we lead they can be dissatisfied with us as a leader,...
The Feedback Pledge

The Feedback Pledge

Everyone is going to lead differently. And that’s okay. In fact, it is the way it should be. There is no one secret way of leading that everyone needs to adopt. However, there are specific principles that are implicit to lead in a productive manner. One of those...
Spiritual Jedi live in your ward

Spiritual Jedi live in your ward

As a former church leader, I want to speak about those former leaders who are no longer serving in an official capacity. Those years of service were intense! They took a lot of sacrifice and attracted impossible problems at times. But now, being a few years separated...
Hidden messages in general conference

Hidden messages in general conference

I’ve thought about doing a newsletter series on talks that should have never been given. What I mean is that there are certain talks that have become very popular to use in ways they were never intended to be used. Or in other words, the prophet, seer, and revelator...
The leader’s reality, isn’t reality

The leader’s reality, isn’t reality

A few months back I wrote a newsletter which I then turned into a podcast episode called 5 Reasons Negative Church Culture Exists. These reasons apply to all church members, but they particularly apply to church leaders. In fact, I could easily label these reasons as,...
Do church leaders need more training?

Do church leaders need more training?

Should The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do more to train their lay leaders? As an Executive Director of Leading Saints, a nonprofit organization focused on leadership in the Latter-day Saint context, this is the question I hear often. I have also heard...
A closer look at Sunday School

A closer look at Sunday School

I’d like to pivot back to a broader topic of the second hour in church. Because of recent messages I have published via the newsletter, a few weeks ago I took a survey about what expectations you have for second-hour Sunday School. Here are the results: You can see...
What does the bishopric do?

What does the bishopric do?

These newsletter messages are more of a community experience rather than a personal experience for me. As I share perspectives and get incredible replies from many of you, I learn more and gain a deeper understanding of the leadership concepts I discuss here. As we...

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