Chad A. Brodrick

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“When a movement develops around a dominant personality,” wrote J. Oswald Sanders, “the real test of the quality of his leadership is the manner in which that work survives the crisis of his removal.… If he is to discharge his trust fully he will devote time to training younger men to succeed and perhaps even supersede him” (Spiritual Leadership, rev. ed. [Chicago: Moody Press, 1980], 210, 217). When I read this quote… Read More


More than 130 years ago, a group of twenty distinguished Americans met in the Astor House in New York City during the presidency of Millard Fillmore. Among the dinner guests was Secretary of State Daniel Webster, who had been unusually quiet. In an effort to engage him in conversation, a colleague asked, “Mr. Webster, will you tell me what was the most important thought you ever had?” Following a brief silence, he… Read More


Leading others is tough. Leading laterally and leading “up” is tougher still. But “self -leadership” is the toughest of them all.–Bill Hybels  Self-leadership can be defined as the process of influencing self to establish the direction and motivation needed for optimal performance.  The person who successfully leads themselves finds that they are not only more confident, but experience job satisfaction and increased performance. Self-leadership is the key to leading a fulfilled life… Read More


Every leader feels the need at one time or another for a tranistion to take place in their organization.  Whether it is a church or a business, each of them require the leader to factor in the human dynamics that accompany this kind of change.  Developing a transitional strategy will take into account ten specific areas which often cause people to resist change. People often resist change because: They have inadequate skills for… Read More


Leaders must possess many traits that will assist them in their leadership position.  But if you were to narrow them down to three specific traits that are nonnegotiable for a leader to be defined as a success, they would be: Competency: Defined as having the necessary ability or knowledge to do something successfully, competency is not something that naturally is inherent in every leader.  It is often developed through personal study, application and… Read More


We must learn common leadership principles, but power is released as we become true to our God-given personalities–Harold Myra Every leader is a unique individual! I know that is not a ground breaking statement, but it is a necessary principle that each leader needs to grasp.  Too often we attempt to make ourselves a copy of a great leader that we want to emulate only to find that we fall short of… Read More


The need for relationship in leadership positions is often a neglected component that many leaders feel they do not have time for.  The busyness of the tasks of which they fill their days with have often pushed out the all important task of building relationship.  Whether it is with their team, their customers, their family, or in my case, in the area of ministry…their congregants.  Too often the all important responsibility to get… Read More


Today when I posted my daily proverb on twitter, I chose the scripture that says, “Without good direction, people lose thier way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.” (Prov 11.14 msg)   I have always found Proverbs to be a wealth of information and wisdom concerning life, but this morning as I meditated upon this passage, I am reminded of the fact that each one of us lead in one… Read More