Sharpening Leaders

Resources to Lead Different

Special Request

Dear Sharpening Leaders Subscribers: I’d like to invite your recommendations! As we launch two new classes of the Arrow Leadership Program in 2013, I am inviting you to recommend Christian leaders in your sphere of influence. Maybe you would be interested … Continued

Overcoming The Encouragement Deficit

There is an encouragement deficit in most workplaces. In their book, 12 The Elements of Great Managing, Gallup’s Wagner and Harter note: “In the perception of employees generally, praise is painfully absent from most companies and the workgroups within them.  … Continued

Five Key Frames for Complex Situations

Leadership is complex. You know that – you live in the complexity everyday. It’s often hard to know how to even approach some of these situations and opportunities. Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal argue in their bestselling classic Reframing Organizations: … Continued

We Stand Alone Together

A three-mile run up and then back down a long hill called “Currahee” was a regular training drill for Easy Company, the first paratroopers in the US Army.  The name “Currahee” means, “We stand alone together” and this hill became … Continued

Empowering Others Through Delegation

  This quote is sobering: “Trying to build leaders by regularly exposing them to your brilliance guarantees a lack of development. You will not have allowed anyone around you to show up with solutions outside the reach of your own personal … Continued

Two Questions For My Greatest Leadership Challenge

Guest Post – Steve McMillan serves as Senior Pastor at the Oak Park Church of Christ in Calgary, Alberta and as an Adjunct Professor at Alberta Bible College. He is a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program – Emerging Stream. I grow … Continued

End of Year Self-Care Check-Up

Guest Post – Doug Koop was editorial director of ChristianWeek when he participated in the 2006 Class of the Arrow Leadership Program – Executive Stream. He left that position in January 2012 and is pursuing a vocation as a writer … Continued

60 Minutes of Intentional Reflection

Reflection is a critical practice for leaders. It requires slowing down to listen to God, to others and to oneself. It fosters learning, stimulates growth, encourages celebration, calls for course corrections and renews focus and energy. Our Arrow staff team … Continued

What’s Your Dashboard Reading?

Guest Post – Andrew Turnbull serves as Pastor to Families and Life Groups at White Rock Baptist Church in White Rock, British Columbia.  He is a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program – Emerging Stream. Many of the practical tools … Continued