What is your leadership style?
- The Visionary? – communicating a compelling vision of the future?
- The Inspirer? – helping people to see their potential?
- The Team Leader? – pulling people together to work for a common goal?
- The General? – leading from the front with great energy to accomplish a goal?
- The Conductor? – orchestrating the movements of the organization through great planning?
- The Servant Leader? – seeing yourself as serving your people and helping them to accomplish their work?
There are so many different leadership styles – as there should be as we are very different people. Additionally, different situations often require us to use different styles. Right now, it seems servant leadership is the cool way to lead. I actually like it when it is authentic and not just a leadership strategy.
Let me propose another style – that of a shepherd. A shepherd is at once gentle and strong, kind and stern, protects and disciplines, cares for his herd and yet quickly culls trouble makers, and finally – humble and yet leads with authority.
Ever since I first read The Way of the Shepherd, I became convinced that we needed a new (yet very, very old) way of leading. It seems to me, to be close to the way Jesus led. He truly loves those He leads. He is kind and loving, yet quick to rebuke and discipline. However, that rebuke and discipline is for our good, for our growth, for our protection and helps us to serve even more effectively.
As a shepherd leader, we begin by loving those that we lead – we must truly care, and care deeply, for them. They should be drawn to us by that love. We should protect them and provide them a safe place to work. As a good shepherd, we should nurture them and help them to grow. As a good shepherd, we should also be ready to rebuke and discipline those we love and lead – for their own good, not because they irritated us.
Instead of following the latest “fad” of leadership – try a new, yet very, very old way of leading. Be a shepherd to your people.
“. . . shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”
1 Peter 5:2-4
Have a great week!
Crossway Bibles (2009-04-09). ESV Study Bible (Kindle Locations 311661-311672). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition.