Archive for April, 2011

Leadership Images

30 Apr

“In various societies and situations, several images of leadership have surfaced over the years. These images have differed depending on the cultures of origination and their authorship. The guide for Christian principles and dogma is the Bible and it is consistent in its projection of the kind of image that should adorn every leader that God has called, equipped, and ordained to serve . . .”

Louise Clarke

 

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Leader Effectiveness

29 Apr

“If leaders fail to be effective, the result will be a frustrated and dysfunctional leader, confused and misguided followers, and a stunted and unproductive organization.”

Louise Clarke


 

 

 

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Ethics – Morals

29 Apr

“We need leaders with high levels of ethics and morality who are committed to personal values and altruistic behavior and who are willing to be accountable to God and those they lead.”

Louise Clarke

 

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The Challenge of Change

29 Apr

“It would be naïve to believe that effective leadership principles can be applied without some challenges. The effective application of the principles will no doubt be hampered by the “traditionalists” who will see it as an attack on their positions. The anticipated reaction is that some leaders will feel threatened, become territorial, and start a war where there is no need for one, as they try to protect their “turf” from the invasion of modern principles and policies.”

Lorane A. Chisholm

 

 

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Servant as Leader – part 3

22 Apr

Today, as we remember the death of the greatest servant leader who ever lived, C. Gene Wilkes’ comment is poignantly relevant.

The greatest test of your leading with the heart of Jesus is not whether or not you overcome the challenges of others. It is whether or not you serve those who have the power to take you out. We honor Jesus because he washed his betrayer’s feet . . . that was nothing. Honor goes to Jesus because the next day he died in the place of his betrayer. If you are willing to climb on a cross for someone because you love him, washing his dirty feet is a ‘walk in the park.’

 

 

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Change

16 Apr

“Almost every significant breakthrough is a result of a courageous break with traditional ways of thinking.” Stephen R. Covey


 

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Servant as Leader – part 2

16 Apr

I want to take this concept a little further. Greenleaf reintroduces the principle of primus inter pares in his book Servant Leadership – published in 1977. This term was first identified in early Roman times as a way of reducing the appearance of dictatorship. It is the subtlety of difference in approach to leadership that makes this model so powerful.

There is still a ‘first,’ but that individual is not ‘chief.’ This model requires that the primus constantly test and prove that leadership position among a group of able peers. At times, depending upon specific circumstances, the primus role may not always reside with the same individual because of giftings and abilities, although in application, it will migrate back to the first.

Consider carefully how this concept reconciles itself with servant leadership. The primus must be the consummate servant . . . not the consummate ‘chief.’

It changes things, doesn’t it?

 

 

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Servant as Leader

13 Apr

Last night I watched the television program Undercover Boss. If you haven’t seen this ‘reality show,’ it follows CEOs going ‘undercover’ in the companies they run and/or own to observe ‘first-hand’ how their employees work to make the company successful.

This week’s episode was about Baja Fresh. The CEO, David Kim, was so impressed with one of their restaurant managers and his servant leadership approach that the company gave this young man a franchise worth $50,000.

Robert Greenleaf wrote the following in 1977 . . . it is even more applicable in today’s global environment:

“A new moral principle is emerging which holds that only authority deserving one’s allegiance is that which is freely and knowingly granted by the led to the leader in response to, and in proportion to, the clearly evident servant structure of the leader. Those who choose to follow this principle will not casually accept the authority of existing institutions. Rather they will freely respond only to individuals who are chosen as leaders because they are proven and trusted as servants.”

 

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Management vs Leadership

12 Apr

”Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”     Peter F. Drucker

 

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Leadership Gifts

09 Apr

In preparation for teaching a master’s level course on the Foundations of Christian Leadership for the Caribbean School of Theology in Jamaica (sorry, no room in my suitcase), there are a number of excellent books and journals I have been reading. C. Gene Wilkes writes the following in his book Jesus on Leadership:

“The Bible mentions two leadership gifts in its representative lists of spiritual gifts. Those are the gifts of leadership (Romans 12:8) and administration (I Corinthians 12:28). Leadership comes from the context of the Greek politic. It means to stand in front of the assembly. Members with this leadership gift serve the church as those who stand in front of the assembled church and call the people to a common vision and goal. The leadership gift empowers members to help others see which hill to take. If this gift were a body part, it would be an eye. This gift fits the model of the leader as pioneer.

The second leadership gift in the church is administration. This gift does not mean that the person is organized. The meaning of this gift comes from the context of shipping in the ancient world. This person was the ‘steersman or pilot’ of the boat or ship. He was the helmsman. The pilot guided the ship t the chosen coordinates. He was most valued in times of storm. This gift is separated from apostle, prophet, and teacher, which implies that administration is not a speaking gift but a gift that provides direction and guidance. This gift would be the second eye in the body made up of many parts. With two eyes of leadership, one to see which hill to take and the other to see the way up the hill, a church can move forward in a unified way. This gift would fit Peter Senge’s model of ‘leader as designer.’”

We struggle with this because we want these ‘two’ distinctly different gifts to be resident in one person. Scripture does not support this concept . . .    Every congregation MUST have a team of leaders or the result will be the death of the organization and death for the solo leader.

 

 

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