We’ve been talking about missional leadership lately… so Grace has posted part 3 of her leadership series, in which she challenges the idea that leaders hold the vision for the community. She quotes Len Sweet before going on to generally debunk some ideas and offer some further insight as to how vision and leadership emerge from within a community.
Leadership as â€œvisionâ€? has become another way about exercising dominance and pushing other people around your ideas…Vision has become a way of declaring dominance, of achieving alpha status and stats.
More good stuff from Grace. And speaking of Leonard Sweet, I stumbled on another blogger quoting him, and picking a good snip, too:
The old model of church is â€œkilling the West,â€? Sweet said at the conference. The out-dated model is â€œattractional, propositional and colonial.â€? It must become missional, relational and incarnational, he said.
I concur. But back to the subject of management, Bob Carlton adds a few thoughts, including the observation that “Informal leadership is much more meaningful than who reports to who on some crazy org chart.” and the most important note that “people are not sheep.” He continues, “The act of managing someone – manage comes from the Italian maneggiare (to handle â€” especially a horse) – one of the modern myths that I am so thankful seems to be dying a much needed death.”
Ah, reimagining leadership…. ’bout time.