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Friday Finds - Laziness, Bad Advice and the Waiting Game

Photo by Green Chameleon via Unsplash

Photo by Green Chameleon via Unsplash

One of the favorite parts of my job is sitting with pastors and church leaders, and helping them solve staffing problems. I had the chance to do that this week in southern California (where it was 103 degrees!), as well as with a church in Washington state. When I can help lift the burden of a leader, and introduce them to someone who can take them to the next level--that is both exhilarating and life-giving.

And if I can also lift your burden a bit with one of these leadership articles, I'll call that a good week:

5 Warning Signs That Laziness Is Creeping Into Your Leadership by Eric Geiger via LifeWay Leadership

Laziness in leadership is dangerous because it can impact the morale of your entire staff. Eric Geiger provides 5 warning signs that laziness might be creeping into your organization's culture, and how to stop it in its tracks. 

The Ultimate Character Test Any Great Leader Passes via Carey Nieuwhof

Good character is an essential quality of successful leaders; people will want to follow someone with a solid foundation more than someone with a perfect track record. Check out these key determining factors in your most trusted senior leaders. 

Why 'Do What You Love' Is Terrible Advice by Frank Talarico Jr. via Fortune

Thousands of college graduates have been told to 'do what you love' when deciding on a career, and it's dangerous. Frank Talarico explains why this advice might be setting up recent grads for an unpromising future (and what they should be looking for instead). 

Young (Future) Leaders: How To Wait Well by David Fantin via Vanderbloemen Search Group

What's one of the keys to successful leadership? Waiting. As trivial as it sounds, having the capacity to wait is a great test of the ability to lead others well. Check out this great insight from my colleague David Fantin. 

What are you reading or listening to this week? Let me know in the comments below.