Understanding Leadership Types
Leaders fall into two main categories: task-oriented and relationship-oriented.
Task-oriented leaders strive for excellence and can push people away as a result.
Relationship-oriented leaders are great with people but can end up disappointed.
Task-driven leaders alienate people in pursuit of excellence.
Relationship-driven leaders suffer from disappointment and a sense of betrayal when their
OTHER PROPOSED SOLUTIONS:
All leaders must
- Identify which type of leader they are. This is important to identify early on, as it will affect the kinds of decisions the leader makes in the future.
- Identify their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Doing this will guide leaders into a wiser decision-making process.
- Grow in competency in the other type of leadership. To be most effective, leaders must find a balance between the two types.
- Understand the following:
- Vision, passion, and commitment to excellence are essential. No matter what type of leader a person is, these cannot be compromised.
- Ministry requires visionary leadership from the person in charge. Without vision from the person in charge, nothing will move forward.
- We all only see out of one eye. We must remember our tendency to only see a situation from our own limited perspective.
- We don’t always play fair. At times, we will all allow our personal strengths and weaknesses to get in the way.
- We must connect tasks to vision. Doing so allows task-oriented leaders to keep the vision at the forefront, and it allows relationship-oriented leaders to remember why tasks matter.
- Not everyone is a leader. We should never try to force every person to fit into these two leadership types.
Dr. David McDonald is the teaching pastor at Westwinds Community Church in Jackson, MI. The church, widely considered among the most innovative in America, has been featured on CNN.com and in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Time Magazine. David weaves deep theological truths with sharp social analysis and peculiar observations on pop culture. He lives in Jackson with his wife, Carmel, and their two kids. Follow him on twitter (@fossores) or online at fossores.com