Leadership Styles

Our LEAD Team is reading through Bill Hybels book Courageous Leadership. Last night, we discussed personal leadership styles. Hybels lays out 10 leadership styles that leaders exhibit. I believe that a leader can be high on more than one, but throughout your leadership, you will have to exhibit all of these at different times to be an effective leader.

  1. Visionary. This leader has a clear picture in mind of what the future could hold. Such a leader casts powerful visions and has indefatigable enthusiasm for turning those visions into reality.
  2. Directional. The strength of this leader is his or her uncanny, God-given ability to choose the right path for an organization as it approaches a critical intersection.
  3. Strategic. These leaders have the God-given ability to take an exciting vision and break it down into a series of sequential, achievable steps. This gift of leadership allows an organization to march intentionally toward the actualization of its mission.
  4. Managing. This leader has the ability to organize people, processes, and resources to achieve a mission.
  5. Motivational. These leader keep their team fired up. They are on the constant lookout for “sagging shoulders and dull eyes,” and they move quickly to inject the right kind of inspiration into those who need it most.
  6. Shepherding. This leader builds a team slowly, loves team members deeply, nurtures them gently, supports them consistently, listens to them patiently, and prays for them diligently.
  7. Team-building. This leader knows the vision and understands how to achieve it, but realizes it will take a team of leaders and workers to accomplish the goal. These leaders have a supernatural insight into people that allows them to successfully find and develop the right peopel with the right abilities, the right character, and the righ chemistry with other team members.
  8. Entrepreneurial. What distinguishes these leaders from the others is that they function optimally in start-up mode.
  9. Reengineering. These leaders are best in turn-around environments. They thrive on the challenge of taking a troubled situation – a team that has lost its vision, a ministry where people are in wrong positions, a department trying to move forward without a strategy – and turning it around.
  10. Bridge building. These leaders have the ability to bring together under one leadership umbrella a wide range of groups.

What many leaders miss out on is not only their personal leadership style, but why it matters. Too many leaders build a team without knowing their leadership style, so they then have no idea who they are looking for. Too many pastors just build a team filled with warm bodies. This leads to frustration, misalignment of gifts and ultimately bad experiences and a loss of momentum for a church.

Think about it. If you knew your leadership style, you would be able to know who you needed on your team to succeed. You would need more than a warm body, you would need a specific person, with a specific set of gifts, personality and leadership style to help your church, ministry, team to succeed.