Vision and Theology in Church Leadership (Part Four)

When it comes to vision, theology and church leadership, many leaders adopt a non-theological consensus approach to leading, equating "consensus" with "relational." Yet relational leadership is not consensus leadership. Typically consensus leaders call a small group of people together and facilitate a meeting to hammer out a vision for the congregation. The result is then handed down to the … Continue reading Vision and Theology in Church Leadership (Part Four)

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Relational Leadership (Part Four)

Describing Relational Leadership is what my last posts have been about. Relational Leadership, as explained in Part Two, is the recognition that leaders and followers are in relationship to one another. Good leaders must therefore connect with the values and motivations of followers. In other words, a Relational Leader understands that the culture of a group, whether a church … Continue reading Relational Leadership (Part Four)

Relational Leadership (Part Three)

We've said previously Relational Leadership is based on the insight that leaders and followers are in a relationship. We've also said that Relational Leadership is about connecting with the values and motivations of the followers. So how do we import Relational Leadership into an organization without "blowing it up?" We start with the leadership team. Cleve … Continue reading Relational Leadership (Part Three)

Leadership Snip-its

Here's a great little leadership nugget over at Seth Godin's place. Would that everyone would engage in discussions like this. Imagine the savings in time, energy and relationships. Although as a church leader, I might push-back on his conclusion, just a little. 🙂

Leadership, Crisis, and the Theft of Responsibility

Jack believed he was a responsible leader. He felt deeply the responsibility that rested on his shoulders. He wanted to make sure that no matter what happened on his shift, he would be there to make it right. When the economy tanked, he went into top gear. He increased his control over projects and his … Continue reading Leadership, Crisis, and the Theft of Responsibility

Leadership Myths

Leadership is the most observed and least understood phenomena on the earth, said the father of modern leadership studies (Burns, 1978). Misconceptions about leadership permeate every organization. Some are worse than others. All distort the leadership process. People are hurt, jobs lost, morale suffers, goals are unattained and often it all stems from a misunderstanding of … Continue reading Leadership Myths

Leadership and Vision

The leader’s vision should drive the organization. True or false? While leadership’s vision is supposed to guide the organization down the path, it just isn't that simple. No matter how much we try to get our people to “buy-in” to our finely crafted and polished vision, their own personal motivations and values will always be … Continue reading Leadership and Vision

No Answer Leadership?

How important is it for the leader to have the answers to the problems facing an organization? Some would say essential. “How can you lead if you don’t know where you are going?” Or “Isn’t it the leader’s job to get things fixed?”  The answer is, it depends.  One of the real temptations of leadership … Continue reading No Answer Leadership?

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