When Effective Leadership Styles Fail
There are several reasons why some leaders cannot grow as great leaders. There are reasons why some effective leaders fail. It is not because their desire to grow a strong team is absent. However, when a leader’s common sense fails, their leadership skills go out the window. This behavior does not mean that the leader is weak; it simply means the skill to lead is not a dominant characteristic.
So, what causes someone in a leadership role to fail?
Here are five basic leadership lessons and some inspirational leadership quotes as to why many leaders do not see success.
Effective Leadership Styles Versus Micro-Management
Those who practice micromanaging will never see the full results of diverse skills accomplishing their potential. Micromanaging suffocates the desire and vision of any team member. This type of leadership is an insult to the character and skills of those being asked to accomplish a task.
The reason that some organizations, businesses, charity groups and congregations are unable to see their full potential is due to the stifling behavior of a micromanaging leader. This person does not invest in leadership training courses for their team members. Micro-managers fear the idea of shared responsibility because they will not receive full credit for any success.
Effective Leadership Styles Versus a Lack of Trust
Micromanaging behavior brings us to the next problem – a lack of trust in other people. If a leader has to have his hand on every activity of the organization the potential for that group is minimized.
One of the greatest leaders ever known to humanity was Jesus Christ. During his ministry, Jesus trained his disciples, and one occasion sent them out two by two. In Mark chapter 6 the scripture reads,“And He summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and gave them authority…..(Mark 6:7)
Jesus trusted his disciples to do the job. Every speech of leadership that Jesus practiced was one of trust. He placed value in those he was recruiting and had confidence in them to do the job. This behavior was obvious in how he spoke to his followers. When he recruited the first four disciples, how Jesus spoke to them was powerful. All four men, Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John, were fishermen by trade. When Jesus called them he said, “Come, follow me,….and I will send you out to fish for people.” (Matthew 4:19)
Effective Leadership Styles versus Self-Doubt
Some leaders suffer from their personal weaknesses. The self-doubt of a leader will not inspire followers. In fact, the self-doubt of a leader most often will cripple any organization.
It is impossible to convince team members to believe in themselves if the leader suffers from self-doubt.
Self-doubt is not overcome by arrogance or a conceited character, but rather it is conquered by a deep spiritual confidence. The Bible gives some great advice about how to conquer self-doubt in Proverbs:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Trusting in the mighty power of God can destroy self-doubt.
Effective Leadership Styles Versus Resistance to Diversity
Diversity is a gift, not a threat! When a leader can recognize and encourage the various gifts of an organization, it will lead to a level of success and accomplishment that cannot be reached without it. In his letter to the first century Christians, the Apostle Paul referred to the early church as “the body” of Christ. What was his point? His “point” can be clarified in 1 Corinthians chapter 12 beginning with verse 14:
14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. 19 If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now there are many members, but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; 23 and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, 24 whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25 so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. (1 Corinthians 12:14-26)
Diversity is a gift from God and is an asset to any organization, business or congregation. According to Paul, it is never to be feared. Diverse behavior is interpreted by some as an uncertain and unpredictable behavior. This statement brings us to the next point.
Effective Leadership Styles Versus the Fear of Uncertainty
Uncertainty can destroy the work of any leader. When the Apostle Paul was writing his letter to the Church at Philippi, he knew that he was about to executed by the Roman government. However, he had this advice,
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)
Challenges are certain, failure will take place, disappointments will happen, but a true leader must hold to power and resource greater than themselves. The Apostle Paul chose Jesus to be his strength to overcome the fear of uncertainty.
How are you doing in your leadership role?
Do you believe that the advice given in scripture can enable you to become a great leader?