What Kind of Leader Are You?
What are leaderships styles all about? There are many different types of leaders. Dave Stone in his book, Refining Your Style, claims that “Revolutionary Leaders” are intense, bold, challenging, brave, audacious, daring, courageous and valiant, just to name a few traits.
He also gives a checklist for anyone who might like to find out if they have the leadership quality of a revolutionary.
Stone says you might be a Revolutionary Leader if:
- your words can cause adrenaline surges and an increase in your listeners blood pressure
- you inspire applause or verbal affirmation because audience or class members feel like they’ll explode if they do not validate what your are saying.
- you are sickened by Christian leaders who “just do church” and never try to impact their community for Christ.
- your philosophy is to ask forgiveness rather than permission, especially when speaking about a controversial topic.
- your resonate with the phrase “I’d rather burn out than rust out.”
- you see a plaguing problem or a crisis in the church as an opportunity to spiritually lead the necessary transformation.
- you almost enjoy stepping on toes at times. (Refining Your Style, 65-65)
Leadership is a Coaching Process That Builds Teamwork
Anyone interested in coaching as a productive leader must understand their role. A healthy and progressive team starts with a gifted leader. Here is a quote from Tom Phillips on leadership coaching that builds teamwork. This statement is just one of many to help with the development of team-building principles.
“A team must have a gifted and committed leader. Leaders are those who serve the vision. To accomplish it, they serve their team. Some leaders are visionaries who have very little administrative skill, and others are well balanced and have the ability to work administratively as well. A team, however, will do well to assist the leader in as many administrative areas as possible so that he can continue to be the tip of the arrow, forging the future as other develop the present.” (Tom Phillips in Leaders on Leadership. “Building a Team to Get the Job Done,” Chapter 11). Continue reading