I am always amazed (or saddened) that some of the best elements of the Christian faith are learned by the secular world and popularized. The church misses opportunities. See... Love, Community, Giving, Volunteerism, Faith, and Servant Leadership. Do a quick study of a man by the name of Robert Greenleaf. He worked for AT&T and developed a theory for leadership that included a leader as servant. This "new" approach came out in the 1970's. Why does leadership seem to be such a difficult element for people to associate with the church? Shouldn't some of our best leaders be in the church?
Followers of the Man with a towel and basin of water
Monday, November 22, 2010
Leadership is just about as easy to describe as love is. Sometimes it is just better to experience some things rather than describe them. I wonder how many people have had a significant and inspiring experience with a leader. Are there some that have never experienced good leadership, and as a result, have a warped sense of power and authority?
"Leadership is the ability of a superior to influence the behavior of a subordinate or group and persuade them to follow a particular course of action." — Chester Bernard
While I think that this is an accurate definition of leadership, I don't think it tells the whole story. Have you ever been led by someone who isn't a superior?
So, tell your story. What makes a good leader?