This article is heavily drawn from Pastor Craig Groeschel’s Leadership Podcast that I frequently
stalk stumble upon. You can listen to him here.
1. UNPREDICTABLE leaders
- produces: hesitant followers
- You never know what they’re going to do next. Since you don’t know what to expect, you inevitably become hesitant, fearful, and tentative. It’s impossible for the team to find consistency.
- Is this you? Work on consistency. Successful people do consistently what normal people do occasionally.
2. DOMINEERING leaders
- produces: compliant followers
- These types of leaders will intimidate or threaten people into following them. This might produce short-term results, but long term, they can be devastating. They might get compliance, but not commitment.
- Is this you? Be intentional about not bullying your team or organization. Ask questions and really listen.
3. SECRETIVE leaders
- produces: guarded followers
- If your people are guarded, they’re not going to give you feedback. And if they don’t give you feedback, your days as an effective leader are numbered.
- Is this you? That’s why transparency, vulnerability, and honesty are so important for leaders.
“A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other.”
4. PASSIVE leaders
- produces: disengaged followers
- If there’s a problem everyone can see, but the leader doesn’t fix it, eventually the problem is not the real issue—it’s the leader. If a leader doesn’t care, the team isn’t going to care. Acknowledging the problem is the first step to overcoming passivity.
- Is this you? Start by taking action.
5. HEALTHY leaders
- produces: faithful followers
- A healthy leader has a clear vision, listens and collaborates. Instead of being secretive, a healthy leader is transparent and trusting. Instead of being passive, a healthy leader is active. A healthy leader is engaged daily in the organization.
- Is this you? That’s great! People who work for a healthy leader want to follow, sacrifice, and give their best. The next type of leader, however, is a step beyond healthy.
6. EMPOWERING leaders
- Don’t just produce followers—they produce other great leaders. Empowering leaders are going to do all the things a healthy leader does, and then do more. Empowering leaders are not focused on themselves. Instead, they empower people with the ability to say ‘yes’ to opportunities and vision. If people deep within the organization have the ability to say ‘yes,’ you have an empowering culture.
I’ve been put in leadership roles since I was 5 and my nursery school teacher made me class monitor. While I never think I’m qualified to lead anybody, that has never stopped people from believing in my potential and I’m thankful for that. I did a lot of things wrongly and some right. I have definitely been all 6 types at some point of my life but I would say even if you’re the worst of the lot, don’t give up because the journey of learning never ends, improvement is just around the corner.
Leadership starts with leading one’s self.
Also side note: I just released a video on my first MRI. Don’t worry it went so well, my brain is as sexy as ever.
Thinking of: Empowering, how this is the last time I am dying my whole head and Tori Kelly’s Psalm 42 (Acoustic)