Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Good Leaders Perspire
I Cor 9:19-23
19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
The ultimate in life is to find Christ. It just makes sense that it is almost as important to help others find Christ.
Paul says I have become all things to all people to win some. We should too.
Lets take that a step back and apply it to leadership. Just as there are different kinds of people who need different strategies to be won to Christ, there are different types of leaderhsip needed to pull organizations forward.
In shadow of every strength grows a weakness.
Requires: a get it done person. They shine when there is a fire brewing. When the heat is on. When things have to be done and someone needs to take control.
Inspires: Heroic action
Misfires: When there is more than one leader or there is no fire
Transpires: Accomplishment OR bodies in the wake
Requires: A leaders who amasses influence by giving and serving in relationship
Inspires: People follow because they like you
Misfires: If people dont like you, they wont follow.
Transpires: Team OR happy lethargy
Requires: The org chart says they are the leader so they are.
Inspires: Work done for the annual review or begrudgingly
Misfires: When there are holes in the org chart or the organization doesnt adhere strictly to it
Transpires: Tasks completed OR passive resistance
Requires: a motivator, a visionary
Inspires: selfless and inner action
Misfires: when the feeling fades
Transpires: Passionate people OR indifference
Requires: like minded people and a secure leader, freedom to do and fail
Inspires: synergy and interdependent results
Misfires: not everyone pulls their load or communication is challenged
Transpires: work produced with buyin built in. Also results are multiplied
Requires: a secure and selfless leader who sees the big picture (most likely a believer)
Inspires: selflessness and concern for others. Results are second to character, people and service
Misfires: when it becomes a rote formula (legalism)
Transpires: a culture of amazing people how get the right
All forms of leadership are needed and valuable. Smart leaders know when forms are needed when and how to use them skillfully. Even though we know less about the true servant leader, it is the one we need to use the most.