Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Are You a Leader or a Controller?

I read something by Ron Edmondson that I thought I would pass along to you. In the church, some people call themselves leaders but they are really controllers. They don't actually shepherd anyone but drive them with the whip of their will. Ron describes the difference as follows:

Characteristics of leading people
Encourages creativity
Develops people rather than programs
Builds healthy relationships with followers
Models a healthy way
More focused on needs of followers
People follow by choice
Empowers people

Characteristics of controlling people
Stifles personal growth
Discourages creativity
Keeps followers at a distance
Insists on a set way
More focused on needs of the controller
People follow by force
Devours people

You can read the whole article here.

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