Thursday, March 5, 2015

Leaders Establish a Shared Vision - Day 4: 100 Days of Leadership

Continuing with a look on vision and its relationship to leadership, we see that Kouzes and Posner speak of the importance of inspiring a shared vision. Leaders, 'envision the future, creating an ideal and unique image of what the organization can become' (The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership Model). 

A shared vision is what separates this from a maverick leader, with paint swished under their eyes, yelling out in a loud voice what direction they intend to go. There’s a tension here. A leader who has been appointed to a particular field, generally has expertise in that field. It’s paramount though, that the leader finds a way to lead decisively, yet collaboratively.
I have been in a pastoral situation, where I have been appointed as a new leader. On the existing team, one has asked quite confidently, ‘What is your vision for this church?’ While I would suggest, others at the same time were wondering how much say they would have in determining the future vision. That’s the tension. Some want leaders to act decisively and articulate to them vision right from the get-go, and others prefer to have their position heard, and have their opinion on the future direction of the organisation. Depending on the context, the current climate of the leadership environment and the unity and coherency of the team, will determine how that tension is best played out.  

What does the Bible say?

Acts 15:5-7a - Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses.”

The apostles and elders met to consider this question. After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them...

What will I do now?

The challenge as a leader is to find the balance between collaboration and decisive decision making without consultation. Consider now who the people are that you ‘share the vision’ with? How could you help them better understand the vision?

1 comment:

  1. Hello Pastor Pete. So good to know you through your profile on the blogger and the blog post. I would love to join your 100 of Leadership. Seems to be very impacting, transforming and making successful leaders. I am also in the Pastoral ministry for last 35yrs in the great city of Mumbai, India and I am so privileged to come across your post. I am going to follow your 100 days of leadership. God willing I will be coming to Melbourn,Aurtualia from 4th to 23rd July and will be so happy to visit you during my stay in Australia. I am from a Holiness church (Nazarene) and will be so great if I get to come to your church in one of those days. I would love to get in touch with you through emails. About the ministry we have in Mumbai a city with great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reachout to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted. We also encourage young and the adults from the developed countries to come to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. We would love to have your young and the adults to come to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. I am sure they will have a life changing experience. My email id is : dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. God's choicest blessings on you, your family and ministry.


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