What helps you grow as a leader? Three categories (skills, ideas, inspiration) and one wild card (other) where put into a poll to gather your feedback.
To prepare your mind to embrace skills, consider reading “The Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer. Another useful skill for leaders is understanding decision-making. Methods abound for looking at information and arriving at a good decision. Here’s a fun one based on wearing six hats. Another process, 6Sigma, may also interest you; our own Elder Rodney Washington has gone through this training. Once you know what skills you need, you might consider using “small group” leadership training to excel in those areas. Here is a comprehensive list of skills.
In this area, you can be ministry-specific such as: youth or seek a broad-based survey of ideas or knowledge to launch ideas. What do you want to do that is driving your search for ideas? Need clarity? The “vision frame” may be a good place to start. Looking for ways to increase sales? See what you can offer as a ministry-branded premium (product).
The Word of God is God’s preferred source for us when we need inspiration. As proof, read 2 Timothy 3:16. Also consider that Jesus said we live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4). Managing is getting things done through others by speaking clear (0r vague) directions, creating a defined “to-do” list, or a defining project and a deadline. You manage their time and thinking to harness their ability. God has called us to leadership which is inspiring others to accomplish goals that, when successfully completed, reflect the life and mission of Jesus Christ. This mission-engagement helps us Phillipians 3:14 (that is, all reach for the high calling of Christ Jesus) and grow into high-performing leaders grounded in His integrity.
A number of resources have been listed throughout this Leadership section. Going forward, the resources will be housed on this page. Feel free to “Reply/Comment” and contribute leader resources you’ve experienced that have been helpful to you.