Different types of leaders

Different strokes for different folks” 🙂

We differ on what makes a good leader. Our expectations of our real leaders are higher than even the best leaders can fulfill. One of the greatest pressures placed upon a leader (in my experience) is to emulate a past popular leader and avoid the (method) mistakes of an unpopular one. Unfortunately, when people make their (unfavorable) comparisons, they exaggerate the strengths of the popular and weaknesses of the unpopular. The incumbent leader is left in flux. He must either conform to whimsy or break out. Regardless of how sensitively and compassionately this break out occurs, ego’s will be bruised and expectations crushed.

A better way is to understand how the gifts of different leaders can be strengthened and their area’s of weakness supported or supplemented by fellow leaders. Missio Dei Communities has an excellent summary (in PDF) of leadership gifts and styles described using a triperspectival model. Below is a short video by Jamie Munson of Mars Hill Church Seattle explaining this model.

“The general concept is simply that because we are not God, because we are finite, not infinite, we cannot know everything at a glance, and therefore our knowledge is limited to one perspective or another.

God knows absolutely everything, because he planned everything, made everything, and determines what happens in the world he made. So we describe him as omniscient. One interesting implication of God’s omniscience is that he not only knows all the facts about himself and the world; he also knows how everything appears from every possible perspective.

…But we are different. We are finite, and our knowledge is finite. I can only know the world from the limited perspective of my own body and mind. The effects of this finitude, and even more of sin, should caution us against cocksureness in our claims to knowledge.”

– John Frame, “Primer on Perspectivalism” copied from Missio Dei Communities

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