Different Strokes for different folks

Everyone wants to be that person. Everyone wants to be that leader.


Upfront. Charming. Confident. Charismatic. Likeable. Strong. Etc.

In churches and in organizations, we can often have tunnel vision as to what a leader should be like. And when we don’t stack up to such an image, we can feel devalued. The problem is our understanding of what is a leader is too small.

I recently finished a book by Doug Fields called, ” Your First Two years in Youth Ministry” in which he talks about 5 leadership styles that can be found and developed in students. Now, before you start to dismiss the applicability of this in your life, know that he got this from noted leadership guru and mega-church pastor Bill Hybels, who teaches that there are 10 Leadership styles from which one can call their own (read here if you want to learn more). For the sake of this blog, I want to share 5 of those leadership style that I think most of us fit into.

1. Visionary leader

This kind of leader dreams of what their ministry, their team or their organization could be like. Common words from their mouths include,” What if we could…Imagine if…Why can’t we…?” This kind of leader points others toward the future and gets them excited about reaching their potential.

2. Managing leader

This kind of leader does well in the setting of programs and events. They want things done right and find great joy when a program/event runs smoothly. They are intentional, purposeful, deliberate, and efficient. They do a good job of  organizing the ministry or team for success.

3. Motivational leader

This kind of leader is inspirational and has a sixth sense in knowing who needs encouragement. They know what to say to a person and how to say it in order to lift someone up. They have the ability to fire up, challenge, encourage  and bring out the best in you.

4. Shepherding leader

This leader loves to care for others. They are relational focused, nurturing, supportive and are great listeners. When this leader is present, the dynamics of the group changes. Team members start caring about one another more and share each other’s burdens.

5. Team-building leader

This leader recognizes the gifts of different people and can place them in strategic areas to best serve the group. “They realize it takes a group (of people) to get things done.” They can discover leaders and develop them. They can create a team of talented people and then will let them take care of their individual responsibilities, all subsumed under a unified goal.


So what’s your role? What’s your leadership style? How can you contribute to your church, your ministry, your group and/or your business?


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