The painful paradox of serving on a burned out team: less of an impact while feeling like you are working more.
What some people call micromanagement is really leadership providing necessary accountability. And what some leaders call leadership is really micromanagement. For example—when meeting with staff teams, I have often heard conflicting statements from both leaders and those they lead. A leader will say, “I wish I had people I could trust with greater leadership,” while a person he leads will say, “He micromanages me.” How can these conflicting views be reconciled? Ken Blanchard’s model of “situational leadership” challenges the leader to adapt to those he/she leads. I like Blanchard’s framework because it sets the leader as the servant, reminding us that Jesus led by serving. According to situational leadership thinking,… [Read More]
Chemistry matters in an organization, and leaders can either contribute to it or mess it up. Cate More explains how certain traits make a leader toxic. “My door is always open.” Just about every boss has said it, but do you realize that it’s a cop out? Jason Fried explains how that phrase puts the onus on the employee to find the problems and interrupt you with them. Todd Rhoades poses a series of questions to help you gauge whether or not you’re a frustrating leader. We tend to think of the seminal moments, the big shifts as those times when life or business or ministry is defined. Brad Lomenick… [Read More]