LEADERSHIP – Luke 22:24–27. John 13:1–17
Leadership literally means the relationship existing between a leader and a follower. It could also be seen as the conscientious efforts taken by an individual or group of individuals to lead an individual or groups of persons.
Leadership has a whole lot to do with a sacrificial means of leading a group of people especially that in the household of God. Secular leadership isn’t same as that that takes place in church. In the secular leadership, much emphasis is placed on the hierarchical position of the leader while in the spiritual leadership much emphasis is placed on the followers since it’s seen as a position of service and not that to be served. As we delve further into this, we shall demystify all the several nooks and crannies of leadership and see which befits the Christian terrain.
1. Autocratic leadership: This is centred on the boss, they make and take decisions without interference.
2. Democratic leadership: Subordinates are involved in the decision making.
3. Strategic leadership: The leader here is open minded and it’s totally hinged on strategic thinking.
4. Transformational leadership: It places emphasis on making and seeing changes in an organisation. They motivate their followers to do more than they should do ordinarily. They tend to have more committed followers.
5. Team leadership: This involves the collective effort of everyone towards leadership albeit it could be weakened by a weak leader if there’s no proper integration of ideas.
6. Coaching leadership: This is the type that ensues between a mentor and mentee. It specifically places emphasis on teaching,training and supervising followers.
7. Charismatic leadership: This hinges on the revolutionary power one has towards the transformation of ones followers. This leadership style sees to it that ones followers are better off than their leader.
8. Visionary leadership: This leadership style places much relevance on the inherent ideas of the leader – vision. Individuals who are visionary are known to exhibit visionary leadership.
It will be most important to note that not all leadership styles are listed above. However, the above listed ones are the commonest ones seen and practised in and around leadership terrains.
- NB:: However it is most advisable that we are aware that the best of leadership encouraged is what I call the STRACOCHAV leadership.
- S. – Strategic
- TRA – TRAnsformational
- CO. – COaching
- CHA – CHArismatic
- V. – Visionary
- This combines all the needed type of leadership, because a good leader must be that,that is strategic in thinking,transformational,coach-like,charismatic and visionary.
QUALITIES OF A GOOD LEADER
- Goal oriented
- Must possess good listening skills
- Must be able to assess situations on the spur of the moment
- Rigid and flexible at the same time.
- Must have good evaluative skill
BENEFITS OF GOOD LEADERSHIP
- It brings recognition to the individual
- Good leadership ushers in promotion
- It rids strife in the leader-follower relationship
- It ushers in progress
- It allows room for proper scrutiny of ideas,sieving out the bad ones.
- It leads to all round development
- Good leadership births good leaders from followers
CONSEQUENCES OF BAD LEADERSHIP
- It leads to conflict
- Little or no progress is made
- It creates a chasm in the leader-follower relationship
- It introduces civil unrest
- It introduces rebellion and builds rebellious followers
- It ushers in mismanagement of resources
- It leads to indiscipline
Written by : Ikenna