What Kind of Leader Are You?
What are strong leadership styles all about? There are many different types of leaders. Dave Stone in his book, Refining Your Style, claims that “Revolutionary Leaders” are
- courageous and
Stone also gives a checklist for the leadership styles of a revolutionary.
- Their words can cause adrenaline surges and an increase in their listeners.
- They inspire applause or verbal affirmation in what they are saying.
- They are sickened by Christian leaders who “just do church.”
- Their philosophy often is to ask forgiveness rather than permission.
- They resonate with the phrase “I’d rather burn out than rust out.”
- They see a plaguing problem or a crisis in the church as an opportunity to spiritually lead a transformation.
- They sometimes have no problem stepping on toes. (Refining Your Style, 65-65)
Strong Leadership Styles Show a Coaching Process That Builds Teamwork
Anyone interested in coaching as an effective leader must understand their role. A dynamic 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).
Quotes About Strong Leadership Styles That Lead to Coaching
It is always good to read about what other people think about leadership. Here are some good quotes.
- People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. – John C. Maxwell
- Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It’s being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way you’re going to get respect from the players. – Larry Bird
- There are three secrets to managing. The first secret is have patience. The second is be patient. And the third most important secret is patience. – Chuck Tanner
- Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. – Warren G. Bennis
- Strong convictions precede great actions. – James Freeman Clarke
- Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. – John F. Kennedy
- A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better. – Jim Rohn
- You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it. – Norman Schwarzkopf
- In giving us children, God places us in a position of both leadership and service. He calls us to give up our lives for someone else’s sake – to abandon our own desires and put our child’s interests first. Yet, according to His perfect design, it is through this selflessness that we can become truly fulfilled. – Charles Stanley
- Never give an order that can’t be obeyed. — General Douglas MacArthur
- Leadership must be based on goodwill. Goodwill does not mean posturing and, least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping followers. We are tired of leaders we fear, tired of leaders we love, and of tired of leaders who let us take liberties with them. What we need for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do away with the need of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of a job, never out of followers. Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away. — Admiral James B. Stockdale
- Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand. — General Colin Powell
- Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.— Harry Truman
- Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. — Dwight D. Eisenhower
- You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership.— Dwight D. Eisenhower
- As a leader, you’re probably not doing a good job unless your employees can do a good impression of you when you’re not around.— Patrick Lencioni
- Leadership is difficult, but it is not complex. — Michael McKinney
- Look over your shoulder now and then to be sure someone’s following you.— Henry Gilmer
- Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not “making friends and influencing people”, that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. — Peter F. Drucker
- Leadership is the ability to establish standards and manage a creative climate where people are self-motivated toward the mastery of long term constructive goals, in a participatory environment of mutual respect, compatible with personal values.” — Mike Vance
- The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do. — Andrew Carnegie
- Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration—of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine.” — Lance Secretan, Industry Week, October 12, 1998
- More than anything else today, followers believe they are part of a system, a process that lacks heart. If there is one thing a leader can do to connect with followers at a human, or better still a spiritual level, it is to become engaged with them fully, to share experiences and emotions, and to set aside the processes of leadership we have learned by rote. — Lance Secretan, Industry Week, October 12, 1998
Are You a Total Control Type of Leader?
Blessed are the control freaks, for they shall inhibit the earth.
Finzel goes on to say, “Of all the leadership sins I have ever observed, nothing destroys morale more than the control freak. Leaders who major in total quality control have the following traits:
- Think they, alone, have all the answers;
- Think they know best because they were there first;
- Have “founderitis” – they are unable to let go of their baby;
- Delegate responsibilities without the authority to act;
- Reverse decisions others were asked to make;
- Keep colleagues in the dark about important decisions that affect them;
- Won’t give others room to make their mark in the organization.” (Leaders on Leadership pg. 272)
Are you a total control leader?
Understanding the Christian Community and Teamwork as a Leader
While growing up in the Southern part of the United States, I was raised in a small Christian community.
In our every changing world the dissolving of a Christian community culture has become a reality. However, there are several passages of Scripture that give some guideline on how to create a healthy community.
Peter wrote in his epistle to the early church.
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” -1 Peter 3:8
At one time in the U.S., families were the basis for Christian community development.
Many extended families today are spread across our nation and the world. It is not unusual for children to move from school to school within a twelve-year career. If those same children take on a college career, they may go far from home and never return to their hometown.
In the early history of the United States, it was unusual for families to be separated for any length of time. Towns were smaller and communities were tighter. Working together was very natural.
Mobility and separation have become a part of an ever-changing culture.
Teamwork development can help to re-introduce a part of our culture that has disappeared. The social make-up of many cities and the evolution of extreme “gangs” proves that “community” is the desired goal by many. Even violent ‘gangs’ have grown beyond community and have become family for their members. What would happen if people with healthy goals and desires became as close as gang members?
Jesus made a commitment to his disciples. He promised to help build a community.
“For where two or three gathered in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20
When we talk about teams and teamwork, we are referring to a community. Most people are very social. A community is something that most people desire.
“For as in one body we have many members and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” – Romans 12:4-5
In the development of teams and community, some very basic principles can be found.
A True “Community”…
-Has a common ownership
-Shares intense values
-Shares common attitudes
-Shares common goals
-Has a feeling of fellowship with one another
-Has a joint ownership
-Has a joint liability
-Shares common intentions
-Shares common beliefs
-Shares their resources
-Shares with the needs of the group
-Takes risks together
There is little difference between a real community and a healthy team. Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul understood the power of community.
- “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2
Teamwork is a benefit for individuals. When teams are developed in a “community-like” environment, they create life-long relationships.
- “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:24-25
Strong Leadership Styles Show Values and Have a Checklist
A leadership checklist is a useful tool to help determine what kind of people make good leaders?
In his book A Leadership Checklist, Michael Useem says that there are three skills to develop strong leadership styles. According to Useem, a healthy leader is someone who –
- Thinks strategically
- Communicates persuasively
- Decides decisively
These three traits are needed characteristics for productive leadership.
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