Leadership 101

simple insights for those in leadership

Quote of the Day :: 05.12.10

Groups create vacuums – small pockets where stasis sets in, where nothing is happening.  Leaders figure out how to step into those vacuums and create motion.

– Seth Godin

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May 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tuesday Thots | Four Leadership Trends :: Relational Leadership

Last night I had the privilege of speaking to a men’s leadership class on the topic of  “Christian Leadership in Today’s Society.”  After taking a few moments to define leadership, and more specifically, Christian leadership, we went on to discuss four changes in the leadership landscape that I have seen over the past few years.  These four changes< i would submit, require Christian leaders to change how we lead.  I’ll post one of these trends each Tuesday for the next four weeks.

Relational Leadership

Relational leadership is leadership forged out of relationships and caring for followers as opposed to the old paradigm of “You do what I say because I’m the Boss.”

Why this change from the old “Directional Leadership” to “Relational Leadership”?

  • Changes in generational culture – Builders & Boomers to Busters (GenX) & Millennials (GenY)

What does “relational leadership” look like?

  • Shepherd.  The leader needs to come out from his office or cubicle and get to know his people.
    John 10:1-19
  • Serve.  The leader needs to lead by serving his people.  Sees the role of the leader as one who serves the people under his care, as well as colleagues and “customers.”
    John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:3-11
  • Love.  The leader must learn to genuinely love his people.  This will require sacrifice, time, life-on-life.
  • Transformation.  Transformational Leadership stands in contrast to Transactional Leadership.  Transactional leaders forge trade-offs with followers, exchange rewards for good behavior, dole out “punishments” for “bad” behavior, abdicate responsibilities, and avoid making decisions.  Transformational leaders will share a sense of purpose with their followers, encourage followers to forget self-interest, shape organizational cultures to reflect shared ideals, provide vision, a sense of mission, instill pride, promote intelligence and problem-solving, and give individual consideration and attention.  In doing all of this, the transformational leader is transforming his followers from mere followers/workers/employees into additional leaders within the organization who value everything the organization is about as much as the leader.

Do you agree/disagree?  Have you seen this leadership shift?  In what other ways can we become relational leaders?

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 05.10.10

It’s easier to embrace change when we see it rather than when we hear about it.

– Tony Morgan

May 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 05.01.10

If everyone already recognizes the need for change, you’re obviously not the leader.

– Tony Morgan

May 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 05.05.10

If the change is easy, you’re probably not changing enough.

– Tony Morgan

May 5, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 05.03.10

Slow change is rarely positive change.

– Tony Morgan

May 3, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment