Team Leadership (Part 3)

According to HR Magazine in September 2005 it was mentioned that most senior leaders lack people skills.

How does this declaration fly in the midst of a new generation of Echo Boomers now coming into the workforce desiring team leadership? (NOTE: Remember, Situational Leadership looks at both the “micro” and “macro” context!)

Describing this new generation of workers, Alice Snell, VP of the talent-management research division at a San Francisco company stated, “This is a group with a team, a project, and a collaborator mentality.” (FastCompany, March 2006)

Alison Overholt of FastCompany magazine said today’s companies should “look for interdisciplinary teams that involve employees from different generations in an effort to take advantage of as many perspectives and sources of input as possible. It’s possible that companies will flatten their hierarchies even more than we’ve already seen in an effort to make junior employees with their brainstorming networks feel more empowered to speak up and contribute ideas at work” (FastCompany, March 2006)

Still, much of today’s corporate and social sector world say, Well they need to learn about how we do business. Why should we accommodate them?”

But what is more of a servant-leader approach?

As seen with the prophets of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Daniel, leadership requires an awareness of contemporary surroundings mixed with clear theological perspectives.

If we are to be situational or contextually appropriate leaders, what is best for the overall participatory culture we lead within? Has this been the prescribed “macro style” of leadership since the start of the church?

When we look at the New Testament, eldership is always plural with the accountability of the collective as an important design for church leadership. God never intended elders to lord over their charges as dictators, but to equip the people to do the work that must be done:

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, . . . Be shepherds of God’s . . . not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock . . . clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:1)

And so a team leader’s job is to humbly help those they lead release as much of their potential as possible. Again, the church is described as…

—Now the body is not made up of one part but of many . . . if the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? . . . If they were all one part, where would the body be?” (1 Cor 12:14,17,19)

What if within all of our organizations we saw people with such importance to the whole? How would it change how we lead?


~ by Dave Smith on April 20, 2008.

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