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July 25, 2007 / David Lindner

How do you work for someone you don’t respect as a leader?

I work for a guy who’s great with people. He loves to be around people, he gets energized by being around people, he will do anything for a person. But when it comes to leadership, I have yet to find (after 3.5 yrs) any real leadership traits. There’s no organization, no vision, no administration, no influence (except with old ladies & children), no communication, no competence, no courage, no focus, no follow-through, no initiative, he may have expectations for his staff members – but doesn’t have the gull to inforce those expectations.

I’m trying to be the best leader I can be, I’m trying to grow as a leader and I’m constantly evaluating myself and my leadership skills to see where I can improve, and then coming up with a way of improving in those areas. I’m really wanting to make a difference in peoples lives, and I want to be used by God to impact lives for an eternity, and I see that I need to be a good leader to do that. How can I work for someone who isn’t doing the same thing? Someone who feels as though they have arrived as a leader? I don’t understand how you can feel a sense to do your part in fulfilling the great comission and yet not do anything to improve yourself and thus your organization to do better at that.

I’ve read John Maxwell’s book, the 360 degree leader and paid special attention to the leading from the middle about how to lead up. I had already been doing most of those things. In fact the things we are doing now in regards to strategic planning and thinking through and coming up with a philosophy of ministry have come about because of my constant pressure on my boss. The sad thing is, if I hadn’t been pressuring him to talk about these things, they never would have been talked about. And the church would never have looked at these things that have kept the church from growing beyond it’s current size for over 20 years now.

So, how do I respect this person?

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