Thursday, September 18, 2008

Leadershipness-osity

Brant Hansen offers another incisive piece: LeaderMan vs. Servant Leader
Servant Leader: Has something to say

LeaderMan: Wants a platform on which to say something

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LeaderMan: You almost feel you know his family, because he's your Leader

Servant Leader: You allow him to influence you, because you know his family

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LeaderMan: Wants you to know he's a Leader

Servant Leader: You're not sure he knows he's a leader

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LeaderMan: Loves the idea of the Gospel, and the idea of The Church

Servant Leader: Loves God and the actual individual people God brings across his path

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LeaderMan: A great speaker, but self-described as, "Not really a people person."

Servant Leader: Makes himself a people person

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LeaderMan: Helps you find where God is leading you in his organization

Servant Leader: Helps you find where God is leading you

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LeaderMan: Gets together with you to talk about his vision

Servant Leader: Just gets together with you

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LeaderMan: Resents "sheep stealing"

Servant Leader: Doesn't get the "stealing" part, since he doesn't own anyone to begin with

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LeaderMan: Wants the right people on the bus

Servant Leader: Wants to find the right bus for you, and sit next to you on it

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Servant Leader: Shows you his whole heart

LeaderMan: Shows you a flow chart

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LeaderMan: A visionary who knows what the future looks like

Servant Leader: Knows what your kitchen looks like

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LeaderMan: If it's worth doing, it worth doing with excellence

Servant Leader: Not exactly sure how to even calculate "worth doing"

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LeaderMan: Talks about confronting one another in love

Servant Leader: Actually confronts you in love

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LeaderMan: Impressed by success and successful people

Servant Leader: Impressed by faithfulness

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LeaderMan: Invests time in you, if you are "key people"

Servant Leader: Wastes time with you

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LeaderMan: Reveals sins of his past

Servant Leader: Reveals sins of his present

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LeaderMan: Gives you things to do

Servant Leader: Gives you freedom

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LeaderMan: Leads because of official position

Servant Leader: Leads in spite of position

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LeaderMan: Deep down, threatened by other Leaders

Servant Leader: Has nothing to lose

I could quibble with some of this (ie. Do servant leaders really have nothing to lose?), but I won't. Don't want to dilute the main point, which needs to be made.

2 comments:

nhe said...

"knows what your kitchen looks like" and "wastes time with you" are great, and CANNOT be overstated - love this.

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

LeaderMan: Loves the idea of the Gospel, and the idea of The Church

Servant Leader: Loves God and the actual individual people God brings across his path

THIS is awesome, and it reminds me of a great statement from Dostoevsky, that people can love humanity in general yet hate the people they know. Some pastors love the Church they want rather than the one they actually have, which is a pity. Of course we can all have that struggle. :)