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Leading with Vulnerability

Posted by on May 14, 2010 in blog links, discipleship | 2 comments

I like the post from Jason at “Deep Church” called “Vulnerability: the most attractive leadership attribute.” He says “vulnerable leaders” are known for doubts, apologizing, and brokenness. I like what he says about doubts:

Doubts: Leaders don’t have all the answers, and don’t act like they do. Leaders are learners, and learning takes questions and doubts.

The part about brokenness is really good too:

Brokenness: How on earth did we equate leadership with success?

I think the church needs more “vulnerable leaders”… what do you think?


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  1. 5-14-2010

    I think the awareness of vulnerability is a good trait in a leader. It’s a tautology to say that leaders should somehow ‘possess’ vulnerability, since by virtue of being human they are vulnerable. 😉

    Jason’s right that leaders should have doubts (but who doesn’t?) and should apologize when they wrong others. I’m not quite sure what he means by brokenness. Or by success.

    I don’t think leaders should hide their faults and weaknesses, but I don’t think they should flaunt them either. And they certainly shouldn’t dwell on them any more than anyone else should, in the grace of Christ. There’s a balance.

  2. 5-17-2010

    The contrast being drawn by this reference, however, is between the “vulnerable leader”, who, from my perspective would then be leading from among the people, and the average American church leader, who is virtually worshipped as “the man of God”, and leads from “above the church”. This correlation isn’t drawn by the author, but in my opinion it naturally follows. By no means should anyone dwell on their weaknesses, although Paul spent a fair amount of time talking (or even boasting) about his, but what the modern ‘church’ is lacking is a good dose of reality or realness among its people, leaders included. Obviously one shouldn’t reflect on their own weaknesses without also reflecting on what makes weaknesses important: the fact that His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses.