RELP – Episode 13 – Values for Teams I Lead

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In this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast, Ron and Nate some values for teams Ron leads.

After years of leading in different contexts, I (Ron) realized there were common things I have to have in order for teams I lead to be healthy and effective. Regardless of the setting – in business, government, nonprofits or church, I want our team to have these values. So, I began to put them in a list and share them with our team.

I even title them my non-negotiable values, which I explain in the podcast.

Your values may not be my values. And that is perfectly okay. I do believe, however, that your team will benefit from knowing what is important to you as their leader.

In this episode, we discuss values for teams I lead.

I hope this episode helps you be a better leader.

Would you do me a favor? If you enjoyed listening to this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast would you subscribe, share and leave a positive review about this podcast? We are enjoying doing this together, but it is especially encouraging when we know it is helping other church leaders. Thank you in advance for doing this. It is a great help.

Also, we will be recording more episodes soon. Let me know leadership issues you would like us to cover on future episodes.

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RELP – Episode 12 – Hidden Objections to Change

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In this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast, Ron and Nate discuss some hidden objections to change.

Ron has learned from experience that there are some common – often hidden – objections to change. These are secret objections.

No one admits to these, but they are real. In fact, they may be the biggest obstacles you’ll have to face in implementing change.

Show me an objection to change and you’re almost guaranteed to find one of these hidden in the crowd somewhere. And you’ll probably find multiples of them.

These are often hard to admit, but they are true. Understanding them can help you better lead change. Not understanding them can derail the changes you are trying to make.

In this episode, we discuss 5 hidden objections to change:

I hope this episode helps you be a better leader.

Would you do me a favor? If you enjoyed listening to this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast would you subscribe, share and leave a positive review about this podcast? We are enjoying doing this together, but it is especially encouraging when we know it is helping other church leaders. Thank you in advance for doing this. It is a great help.

Also, let me know leadership issues you would like us to cover on future episodes.

And be sure to check out all the great podcasts on the Lifeway Leadership Podcast Network.

RELP – Episode 11 – How to Know It is Time for Organizational Change

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In this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast, Ron and Nate discuss how leaders can know it is time for organizational change.

If the structure is impeding the accomplishment of the vision it is time to make changes.

Healthy organizations maintain an unchanging vision that they sustain long-term. One way they do so is with a willingness to change their organizational structure as needed.

How do you know when organizational structural change is needed?

In this episode, we discuss ways leaders can know it is time for organizational change.

I hope this episode helps you be a better leader.

Would you do me a favor? If you enjoyed listening to this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast on how to know it’s time for change, would you subscribe, share and leave a positive review about this podcast? We are enjoying doing this together, but it is especially encouraging when we know it is helping other church leaders. Thank you in advance for doing this. It is a great help.

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RELP – Episode 10 – Ten Dangerous Distractions For A Pastor or Leader

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In this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast, Ron and Nate discuss Ten Dangerous Distractions For A Pastor or Leader.

Unfortunately, so many who used to be pastors no longer hold the position. Many of them fell into what I call a dangerous distractions for a pastor.

Sometimes it isn’t a blatant sin. Often it is a casual drifting that gets pastors in trouble. Often it is simply a distraction from what matters most.

I can’t address everything that gets in the way of being a healthy pastor, but there are more common ones in my experience.

And many of these are also dangerous for any leadership position, which is why I expanded the title to pastor – and leaders. It is difficult enough to lead these days in trying times, we should certainly try to avoid things we know will get in the ways. These I’ve learned from experience.

So, in this episode, here are 10 dangerous distractions for a pastor or leader.

I hope this episode helps you be a better leader.

Would you do me a favor? If you enjoyed listening to this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast where we discussed Ten Dangerous Distractions For A Leader, would you subscribe, share and leave a positive review about this podcast? We are enjoying doing this together, but it is especially encouraging when we know it is helping other church leaders. Thank you in advance for doing this. It is a great help.

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RELP – Episode 9 – 4 Realities Every Senior Leader Sets for the Team

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In this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast, Ron and Nate discuss four realities every senior leader sets for the team.

One reason leadership can make a person feel isolated is the weight of responsibility on the one who serves as the senior leader in an organization. That has been even truer while leading during a pandemic. Whether in the business world, non-profits or in churches, there are some things which happen in any organization that senior leaders help determine – whether intentional or not. In each of these cases, inactivity also determines them just as much as activity.

The weight of this responsibility can be overwhelming at times, but it’s unavoidable to a point. It comes with the position.

All that said, the senior leader doesn’t have to do everything. Successful senior leaders are cognizant of their input in a few key areas and place intentional energy towards them, freeing the team to lead elsewhere.

I hope this episode helps you be a better leader.

Would you do me a favor? If you enjoyed listening to this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast where we discussed four realities every senior leader sets for the team, would you subscribe, share and leave a positive review about this podcast? We are enjoying doing this together, but it is especially encouraging when we know it is helping other church leaders. Thank you in advance for doing this. It is a great help.

Also, let me know leadership issues you would like us to cover on future episodes.

And be sure to check out all the great podcasts on the Lifeway Leadership Podcast Network.

RELP – Episode 8 – Two Actions of All Great Leaders

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In this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast, Ron and Nate discuss two actions of all great leaders.

There are two things all good (I’m even willing to say great) leaders do for their team. These are vital if you want to lead a healthy team. In fact, if you wanted to simplify what it takes to lead a team well, you could almost summarize it with these two words.

I have written about this subject dozens of times, but recently, I was sitting with a young leader on our team. He was frustrated with some of the results he was getting from the people he was trying to lead. The fact was he wanted to lead well. And, from my conversations with his team, they liked him personally. They simply were frustrated with his leadership. And the bottom line was because he was getting one of these two things wrong. With a little correction, he is going to be a great leader.

I hope this episode helps you be a better leader.

Would you do me a favor? If you enjoyed listening to this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast where we discussed two actions of all great leaders, would you subscribe, share and leave a positive review about this podcast? We are enjoying doing this together, but it is especially encouraging when we know it is helping other church leaders. Thank you in advance for doing this. It is a great help.

Also, let me know leadership issues you would like us to cover on future episodes.

And be sure to check out all the great podcasts on the Lifeway Leadership Podcast Network.

RELP – Episode 7 – Common Derailments in Leading Church Revitalization

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In this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast, Ron and Nate discuss common derailments in leading church revitalization.

I (Ron) have been working in and around church revitalization for close to 20 years. The first church where I served as pastor, after leaving the business world and entering vocational ministry, was a small, rural church that needed revitalization. Then, after starting two churches – one from our living room – we moved to help revitalize a large, established church. Most recently, I served as an interim in another church needing some revitalization. (This was my home church.) We have seen God do some incredible things along the way.

I am convinced most churches can be revived with intentionality.

Through these experiences, I have noticed some common derailments in leading church revitalization. When these are present it becomes very difficult, in my opinion, for the church to ever recover and grow again. Many of these are simply unknowns going into the process. Sometimes pastors miss them.

Nate and I discuss some of these in this episode. I hope it is helpful.

Would you do me a favor? It would be great if you would subscribe, share and leave a positive review about this podcast. We are enjoying doing this together, but it is especially encouraging when we know it is helping other church leaders. Thank you in advance for doing this. It is a great help.

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RELP – Episode 6 – Attracting First Chair Leaders

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In this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast, Ron and Nate discuss attracting first chair leaders.

I have been in the senior leadership role for almost 30 years now. My goal was always to try to find the very best leaders I could find to add to our team. That meant sometimes adding people who could do my job as well as me – and many times better.

People have often asked me if I could ever sit in a second-chair leadership position again. Great question. I will share more about that in a future post/podcast, but the answer is definitely yes! But there are a few things which would have to be in place in order for me to be comfortable doing so.

Nate and I talk about some of those in this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast. Attracting first chair leaders requires a certain culture. The first chair leader plays a big role in making this possible. Join us for this important conversation.

And if you are a second chair leader, feel free to chime in with the comments on this post of what it takes for you to remain in your position. If you are a first chair leader, consider if you are creating the kind of environment that attracts first chair leaders.

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RELP – Episode 5 – Classic Mistakes New Leader Make

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In this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast, Ron and Nate discuss classic mistakes new leaders make when entering a leadership role.

I, Ron, have had the occasion to being many new leadership roles. I have led in the business world, government, nonprofits and the church. Plus, I have hired and coached hundreds of leaders. Along the way I have learned a few things – much of it by doing things the wrong way.

This is such an important topic for new leaders to consider. The way you begin a new leadership position often determines how well you do and how long you stay. The trust you earn, change you’re able to realize, and your own mental well-being is greatly determined by those initial days.

It is important to start well, therefore we must avoid these classic mistakes new leaders make. That’s what we will talk about on this issue.

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In the coming months, we will open up to some of your individual leadership concerns and questions. If you have something you would like us to address, please leave a comment or send us a message. We want this to be a helpful resource for you in leadership.

This podcast is part of the Lifeway Leadership Podcast Network. We are excited to be a part of such a rich platform with so many other great podcasts. Check out all the great resources provided by Lifeway Leadership.

RELP – Episode 4 – Things I Try to Control as a Leader

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In this episode of The Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast, Ron and Nate discuss the things that a leader should try to control.

Ron is blessed to have successfully led in the planting of two churches and leading in three revitalization efforts in established churches. Because of this experience, Ron is frequently asked what things he tries to control and which he releases to others.

Ron says, “I love that question, because I think its one all leaders need to ask themselves – frequently.”

You create a leadership lid in whatever areas you choose to control.

So, a leader shouldn’t try to control much. But there are things a leader should try to control.

Join in as Ron and Nate talk about those things.

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This podcast is part of the Lifeway Leadership Podcast Network. We are excited to be a part of such a rich platform. Check out all the great resources provided by Lifeway Leadership.