Leadership Applied

How should leadership be applied in the church? Servant Leadership is a fine philosophy but not very good at spelling out specifics (see my post Theology, Leadership and Community part two). How does a church leader intent on bringing about real change go about leading other church people?  In my last post I agreed with … Continue reading Leadership Applied

The Foundation of Leadership

What is the basis, the foundation of leadership?  Power, position, authority, personality, relationship or something else? How should leadership be applied?  James MacGregor Burns in Leadership (Burns, 1978) argued for a psychological conception of power, a connection to others if you will as opposed to being a property or possession. He famously distinguished between power-wielders … Continue reading The Foundation of Leadership

Theology, Leadership and Community (part two)

So…what’s the culture of leadership like at your place of worship? How do authority, position, and church office fit together?  Many leaders these day hang their hats on Servant Leadership, a concept where “the servant-leader is servant first…” (Greenleaf, 2007, p. 27). Success, according to that way of thinking, is measured by how much a person … Continue reading Theology, Leadership and Community (part two)

Theology, Leadership, and Community

What is the culture of leadership like in your place of worship?  Paternalistic leaders steal accountability and ownership from the people they lead and place responsibility for decisions in the hands of management. In the corporate world that’s called patriarchy (Block, 1996). In the church we call it “shepherding.”  I know, I know; shepherding is … Continue reading Theology, Leadership, and Community

Leadership & Theology?

Why write about theology when discussing leadership?  Georgia Sorenson, writing on James MacGregor Burns, observed that he changed modern leadership studies, which historically focused on effectiveness by insisting leadership has moral dimensions, in fact, that leadership as a relationship, has a moral core of motivations (in Couto, R. (Ed.) 2007, pp.24-25). Since then, the bulk … Continue reading Leadership & Theology?