Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Top-Down Controlling Leadership is Fading

In Gary Collins' recent newsletter, he submits that casting vision isn't what it used to be:

Recent years have seen a seismic shift in our perspectives on vision, especially as it relates to leadership. A new book by Jimmy Long calls this The Leadership Jump. Top-down, controlling leadership is fading. No longer can people with titles and power set the agenda and expect everyone else to follow. A new form of leadership has emerged where the leader stimulates ideas and plans but where teams combine their creative ideas to set vision and shape directions together.

It is all about collaboration and coroperation. Is it no wonder that we get this kind of response from those we lead particularly since we now live in a world of "social media", such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Social Media empowers people to particapate not only in the medium, but also crafting the conversation and message. People want to be empowered to participate.

Gary goes on to say:

In an issue of Leadership Journal (Summer 2009) devoted to "iGens" (the contemporary "isolated generation"), one writer urges ministry leaders to "forget about implementing the church's vision." Instead, leaders need to release control and share influence with others, including those who are younger. This can be one of the most difficult changes for a traditional leader to make.

Visions and vision casting are still relevant and motivating. Leaders, coaches, mentors, and teachers will continue to instill and stimulate visions. What's changing is the shift of control, creativity and ownership from an influential individual to teams. This change in vision and visionary leadership is too far along to reverse. Maybe that's not so bad.

[from Ministry Best Practices by Bill Reichart]

Today's Quote

"Growing churches require growing leaders. The moment you stop growing, so does the church." - Pastor Rick Warren