I enjoy reading Brant Hansen’s blog “Letters from Kamp Krusty“, primarily because I love satire. His latest post, “LeaderMan vs. Servant Leader“, is an excellent comparison of different types of leaders.
In his post, Brant compares “LeaderMan” to a “Servant Leader”. “LeaderMan” represents the person who leads from position. “Servant Leader” represents the person who leads from relationship. Here are some of the ways that Brant compares and contrasts these two leaders:
LeaderMan: You almost feel you know his family, because he’s your Leader
Servant Leader: You allow him to influence you, because you know his family
LeaderMan: Loves the idea of the Gospel, and the idea of The Church
Servant Leader: Loves God and the actual individual people God brings across his path
LeaderMan: A great speaker, but self-described as, “Not really a people person.”
Servant Leader: Makes himself a people person
LeaderMan: Helps you find where God is leading you in his organization
Servant Leader: Helps you find where God is leading you
LeaderMan: Gets together with you to talk about his vision
Servant Leader: Just gets together with you
LeaderMan: A visionary who knows what the future looks like
Servant Leader: Knows what your kitchen looks like
LeaderMan: Resents “sheep stealing”
Servant Leader: Doesn’t get the “stealing” part, since he doesn’t own anyone to begin with
LeaderMan: Invests time in you, if you are “key people”
Servant Leader: Wastes time with you
LeaderMan: Leads because of official position
Servant Leader: Leads in spite of position
These are just a few of Brant’s comparisons and contrasts. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with the term “leader”; it is not a pejorative term in Scripture. Similarly, in Scripture, the terms “servant” and “leader” are intricately woven together. Scripture does not know of a leader who is not a servant.
Also, no one falls into one extreme or the other. But, I think lists like these are beneficial in helping us determine how we generally lead people.