In our culture, we often find ourselves comparing ourselves
to others. We look at our gifts and capabilities and deem them unworthy because
they do not fit the mold of the leaders we admire. In the process, we ignore
the strengths that we possess and disregard the diversity of leadership styles.
If we are to meet our potential as leaders, we must stop
believing the misconception that all leaders are the same. There are four
different kinds of leaders: directing, team building, operational, and the
The Directing Leader
The directing leader is a decisive visionary. This
kind of leader excels at communicating a clear vision for organizations and
organizational goals. They also know the decisions that will best align with
the visions they communicate. However, they can act impulsively and be
impatient for their visions to become realities.
The Team-Building Leader
This leader has an inspirational, uniting spirit. A
natural people-person, this leader succeeds in uniting team-members around a
common cause. Because this leader specializes in big-picture ideas, they
sometimes struggle with organization and detail.
The Operational Leader
The operational leader is a systems-oriented leader.
This leader excels in management and project tracking, ensuring that departments
fulfill their roles in a timely fashion. Because of this leader’s project and
department orientation, this leader lacks vision and shies away from conflict.
The Strategic Leader
The strategic leader is a preceptive, thorough leader.
This leader specializes in detail-intensive tasks requiring high levels of
organization. This leader understands how each detail and decision impacts
larger-scale projects, meaning that this leader can be a slower decision-maker
and less people-oriented.
As you go about your week, think about how you align with
these different leadership styles. Ask the Lord to show you what kind of leader
you and guide you to an understanding of the kind of leader he wants you to
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