grace at “Kingdom Grace” has written another good post on leadership called “Things I Didn’t Learn About Leadership in Church.” There’s alot of good stuff in the post, so I’ll quote one part that I really like:
Leadership is not the articulation of what we assume others need. Which means that I can not really enter into a leadership relationship until I know someone well enough to know their needs and am willing to serve them in response to their needs, not to mine. This is a fair gauge for assessing whether a true leadership relationship exists.
Positional leadership can create a platform of influence for an individual, and it can be organizationally effective. However, it is not typically transformational to the lives of followers. To the degree it is separate from relationship with followers, it is a perversion of leadership, no matter what you call it. (emphasis in original)
Besides recognizing that leadership requires relationship (at least in the scriptural sense of leadership), she also makes a great distinction between leadership and organizational/managerial issues. This is a very important distinction!
Whenever groups of people get together (from 2 people to 20,000 people), organization is necessary. But, organization is not the same thing as leadership. Problems arise when organization/management is equated with leadership.
What do you think? Agree or disagree?