Taking the Lead! – What It Means to be a Leader vs. Having the Title of Leader

Jeffery Gosnell Leadership

There are two kinds of leaders: those who naturally lead, and those given the title of “leader.” Unfortunately, the two are not always synonymous. Whether it’s a school classroom or adult leadership team, a quality facilitated team building program, like the ones offered at our properties, help groups unleash and capitalize on the leadership potential within any team. Many groups …

“I appreciate you!”

Ashley Haschemeyer Leadership, Volunteers

There are a number of great ideas out there to show people how much you appreciate their help. I think one of the most important gifts you can give is to be attentive and LISTEN. Not just with your ears, and not just when you ask something … really listen for those creative ideas and suggestions, as well as challenges. …

Relax! You don’t have to be a leader

Jeffery Gosnell Leadership

A few years ago, my church was using its Sunday school hour to present a video series on leadership. Each week, this series addressed one of the “laws” of leadership. These laws were said to be “undeniable,” and one of the qualifiers to these laws was that everyone can learn and master them. In other words, the series taught everyone …

TEAM Effort

Mary Ryan Leadership, Volunteers

As a former bank branch manager, volleyball coach, and a mother of three, I have come to realize the importance of showing and communicating value to individuals within a ‘team.’ Unfortunately, it is not always easy making decisions as to what is best for the TEAM, but understanding the importance of building a team to accomplish goals together is very …

Drop Your Stick

Kayla Crawford Leadership, Personal Experiences & Stories

Do you ever have a message just ‘stick’ with you? (You’ll soon laugh at that play on words!) You randomly find yourself thinking about a particular saying, inspiring verse, or a message that has drawn you in? Yeah, me too. Most recently, it was at my worship dance fitness class. After our hour of fun and dance, the teacher talked …

Honoring your Team

Ashley Haschemeyer Leadership, Volunteers

Hope Gate wouldn’t exist without volunteers. There is not a piece of our system and network that wasn’t constructed without the assistance of volunteers and people who genuinely believe in our mission. I am thankful for their contribution and especially for their example in my life! Honoring your volunteers, or your whole team for that matter, has a multitude of …

Afraid of Change

Ashley Haschemeyer Leadership

We’ve all heard it before… that one phrase that makes us cringe like nails on a chalkboard… This phrase is painful, simply because it isn’t uttered to protect the organization from repeating a mistake (then it would be “We tried that and _______ happened.”), but instead the phrase generally represents a stick-in-the-mud. The idea to change is brought about because …

Defining Potential

Jeffery Gosnell Leadership

This morning I saw one of those “demotivational” posters that people post on Facebook. It showed a box of French fries with the caption, “POTENTIAL—Not everyone gets to be an astronaut when they grow up!” I chuckled for a moment, and then I began thinking about what does potential really mean. I’m not referring to the official definition of the …