Leaders and Readers: Knock Out Your Reading List With This App

reading list


“…Deep, broad reading habits are often a defining characteristic of our greatest leaders and can catalyze insight, innovation, empathy, and personal effectiveness.” (For Those Who Want to Lead, Read by John Coleman)

I believe reading is an important factor into leadership. If you don’t want to take my word for it, there’s research to prove it! According to the Harvard Business Review, reading not only makes you smarter, it also helps you lead people more effectively. (more…)

Choosing A Winning Mentality: A Word From Katinka Hosszu

Winning Mentality


What do you say to yourself when you wake up in the morning?

Are they words that get you pumped for the day to come, or do they make you want to pull the covers over your head and try again tomorrow?

If you relate more to the latter, one of the most talented professional swimmers in the world, Katinka Hosszu, has some encouraging words for you… (more…)

Staying Encouraged on Your Emotional Intelligence Journey

Emotional Journey


Before we conclude our series on emotional intelligence, I want to leave you with some encouragement … as you work on developing some of these competencies, remember: it’s not about being the best and brightest, it’s about being balanced.

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Everyone’s road to better emotional intelligence is paved differently; some require more time than others. But the work and effort put into developing emotional intelligence will always pay off in the end. Even people with excellent leadership capacity should strive to better understand the areas of EQ they can stand to grow in. So don’t feel bad if you feel like you have a lot to learn. (more…)

The List: Applying Emotional Intelligence to Your Leadership

The List


Over the past several weeks, we’ve been learning about the importance of Emotional Intelligence (EQ). We’ve discussed each of the four domains at length, the competencies that go along with them, and some practical ways to integrate it into your life. Now that you have all of this information, you may be thinking to yourself: Where do I even start? And how can I actually apply this information to my leadership?

In this post, I want to touch back on each of the domains and competencies altogether and help you identify a good starting point. (more…)

Ministry Monday: Understanding Volunteer Motivation Pt. 2

Volunteer Motivation 2


Before you can recruit a single volunteer, you must first understand their why; what is it that pushes your recruits to volunteer? What is that thing inside of them that creates a willingness to give of their time and resources? Once you figure that out, you are one step closer to developing healthy, committed team members. Understanding motivation is the foundation of any successful team in ministry.

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In our last post, we discovered the first part of volunteer motivation. However, we aren’t done yet. Research shows there are two approaches to understanding volunteer motivation: the sociological and the psychological approach. We have already covered the sociological approach in depth, but just in case you forgot, you can catch up on that post here.

This week, we’ll be discussing the psychological approach. Bear in mind that volunteer motivation is all about meeting needs. While last week was about meeting an external need, this week is about meeting internal needs. (more…)

Develop, Influence, Inspire: Relationship Management in Leadership

Relationship Management


We’ve reached the fourth and final domain in our Emotional Intelligence (EQ) series! So far, we’ve talked about the relationships between self-awareness, self-management, and social awareness. Now, we bring all of our new skills together into the final domain: Relationship management.

Relationship management is using the awareness you’ve gained from the other three domains to better manage interactions and relationships. Daniel Goleman describes it as concerning “the skill or adeptness at inducing desirable responses in others.” (more…)

Ministry Monday: Understanding Volunteer Motivation Pt. 1

Volunteer Motivation


Last week, we introduced a new series that will delve into our Worker Realization Model. But before we can get into those steps, we need to spend a little bit of time investigating and understanding volunteer motivation. We all want to inspire our teams, cultivate vision, and hit our targets with excellence, but it is nearly impossible to do that if we can’t get people on our team in the first place. The first step to recruiting volunteers is tapping into what motivates them.

So, why do people volunteer? This is the million-dollar question. Research shows there are two main approaches to understanding why people are willing to sacrifice their time and commit their energy to a cause as a volunteer: the sociological approach and the psychological approach. Or, to put it simply, volunteers are motivated by external and internal needs.

Understanding motivation is crucial to developing a thriving network of volunteers. Today, we are going to take a deeper look at the sociological approach. Let’s get into it.  (more…)

Pay Attention, Please: Developing Social Awareness

social awareness


Up until now, all the domains of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) we’ve been learning about have revolved around you and you alone. While being an excellent leader has a lot to do with the way we carry ourselves, it also has a lot to do with the way we relate to and respond to the needs of others. First, it’s important to know who we are and how to manage what we’re feeling. But after that, we have to recognize how other people operate as well.

That’s where our third domain, social awareness, comes in. According to Daniel Goleman — remember him? He’s the guy who made EQ popular — social awareness “refers to how people handle relationships and awareness of others’ feelings, needs, and concerns.”

The Social Awareness domain contains three competencies: (more…)