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Writings on Christian leadership and leader development by Malcolm Webber


Are Leaders Born or Made?

For years, people have debated whether leaders are born or made. Traditionally, debaters fall into four main schools of thought: The “born-leader” school This approach asserts that genes are the major forces behind leadership. You are either a “born-leader” or you are not. Since the “right genes” are relatively rare, effective leaders [...]

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Building Leaders in Real Life

Leaders who build leaders should themselves be involved in the daily responsibilities of leadership. They should not teach in some artificial environment removed from the real world. Jesus and Paul both conducted extensive and fruitful personal ministries while concurrently building new leaders. A leader wears several distinct “hats” in [...]

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Five Kinds of Power

A leader helps someone move from where he is now to somewhere else. But what about how the leader motivates that move? We may define leadership “power” as the leader’s capacity to influence others to move from where they are now to somewhere else. There are essentially five reasons why people follow someone else, or five kinds of [...]

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New Realities of Church Leadership

A “paradigm” is a mental model that describes a particular view of the world. It is a set of rules and regulations that defines boundaries and provides a means for being successful within those boundaries. The church is currently undergoing massive paradigm shifts. Before, tradition was central. Now, relevance is. Yesterday’s spiritual [...]

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Leading Transformation

Transformation is radical change. To transform means to change in the way that a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, or a tadpole into a frog, or a baby into a child and then into an adult. After the process is completed, it is as if the older form ceases to exist. Transaction, on the other hand, is simple exchange. It is benefits [...]

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Leaders Are Built Through Fire

Diamonds are formed in a specific environment, requiring three things: a lump of carbon, extreme pressures (725,000 pounds per square inch) and high temperatures (upwards of 2000 °F). These forces combine to make something of dazzling beauty. Pressure and heat purify and strengthen – steel is hardened in the fire, gold purified in the [...]

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Will You Surrender?

If only one person in your church would get down and pray it through before God, and come to a place of total surrender to Him – not merely an understanding of this, nor merely a religious profession of it, but the inward reality of a complete abandonment of their life to Jesus – if only one would do this – if God had only one pure [...]

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