Becoming A More Compassionate Leader

Compassionate Leader


It takes a lot of unique skills to be the most effective and impactful leader you can be. But being compassionate is one of the most important qualities to have when taking on a leadership role.

A compassionate leader is a person who takes others into consideration when making decisions, and strives to create a safe and comfortable space for their team to thrive and succeed.

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According to Entrepreneur, “effective leadership cannot prevail under negative circumstances such as put downs, dishonesty, demands, frustration, denigration, manipulation, fear or micromanagement.”

Becoming a more compassionate leader requires seeing and feeling things the way others do. Here are some key ways to do this: (more…)

Merry Christmas from Invest Leadership!

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas from our family to yours! Remember to rest and enjoy the people around you as you celebrate the miraculous birth of Jesus.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.” Isaiah 9:6-7


Grateful Moments: Celebrating Christmas Traditions



This year, my wife and two youngest daughters put up our Christmas tree. They played Christmas music, drank hot chocolates, and joked and laughed their whole way through it. I sat in the room with them and watched as they hung the same ornaments they’ve been hanging for years, making the same jokes about various decorations that they make year after year. They fell quickly into our holiday rhythm. As I sat with them, I realized that when I look back on our lives, I cannot remember the gifts I have received or the amount of money I spent on each holiday. What I can remember, however, is the way my daughters have laughed with their mother while putting up the tree every year. I remember Christmas Eve services at church and the early mornings we spent together. I don’t remember the gifts, but I remember the moments. (more…)

Duke’s Weekly Reads: Goals



We’ve made it to the end of 2015. Every week, my team and I will be delivering you a list of favorite articles, tools, and resources as we discover them. Maybe you are wondering, “Duke, why would you do that?” I am so glad you asked.

For one, I want to provide everyone who visits with extraordinary value and information.

Being at the brink of a brand new year, many will be discussing “New Year’s Resolutions” around the holiday gatherings and football games this week. With that being said, we have found some of the best resources and articles to help you create and work on new goals for 2016.

Maybe 2015 was a year of transition for you and goals were not at the top of your “to-do” list. Even if this is the case, 2016 is a brand new year for a brand new you.

Without further ado, here are our top recommendations for this week. (more…)

Do You Drink Your Own Sugar Water?

Sugar Water


Recently I attended a forum featuring keynote speaker Jeff Henderson. As Jeff began to speak, he shared he had worked in marketing at Chik-Fil-A. Today, Jeff pastors a church in the Atlanta area and wanted to take this opportunity to challenge the audience on the importance and power of vision.

He spoke about his admiration for the Coca-Cola Corporation and their all-inclusive passion for “sugar water.” He asked the question, “Does Coke have more vision for sugar water than your organization does for your mission?” I’d like to narrow the focus and ask this question another way. Does Coke have more vision for sugar water than you do for your mission?

Here are a five ways to know: (more…)