Paul writes – I finally got around to reading a piece from one of our newspapers – Learn to Use Your Initiative by David Maida.
“Local business psychologist Jasbindar Singh, author of Get Your Groove Back, attended [David] Rock's presentation in Auckland and agrees that autocratic leadership is a thing of the past. She says managers need to create the culture where the employees are expected to come up with their own solutions.
"The whole leadership space is about enabling people and getting them to become more engaged. It's finding what their hot buttons are and getting them to think and find the answer for themselves."
If the boss is always telling people how to do their jobs then employees can come to rely on that and stop developing their own solutions.
"If people say, 'Oh yeah, I'll have a chat with Jim and he'll tell me what to do', that's one type of response. But if you know you're going to see Jim and he's going to get you to reflect and drill down into the scenario you're going to him to discuss, then there is a different mindset."
I wonder what lessons there are in this for how we function as churches, and leaders within churches.
What, about existing understandings and practices of church?
What current church practices might this approach to leadership challenge? For example, sermons, every member ministry and mission…?
How might this approach to leadership encourage greater levels of participation and shared ownership within church congregations? How might it encourage what a good friend calls, “adult church”?