There Is A Crisis In Leadership
North America is facing a leadership crisis – not just in organizations but also in the Church.
82% of Christians believe there is a leadership crisis because there aren’t enough leaders …even though over half of them self-identify as leaders.
80% of executives believe their organization cannot support leadership development, and 41% are doubtful their company can maintain its current succession plan.
If you feel frustrated, bewildered, or disoriented, you’re not alone. The 21st century is nothing like what we’re used to. It’s messier. And it messes with the carefully thought out strategies and linear expectations of modern-age leadership. We’re living in an age of constant and often highly disruptive change.
New realities demand new ways of thinking. We have to think very differently about leadership if we want to thrive in these turbulent times.
This is where our passion meets a great need.
Here are the 4 key ideas of what I believe must happen in order for leaders to thrive in our rapidly-changing 21st century environment.
1: A ‘Disorienting Dilemma’. In order to begin the process of rethinking, and ultimately, transforming leadership, we need to experience something paradigm-shifting.
2: A Shift In Thinking. Once we are ‘disoriented’, we have a unique opportunity to re-examine our underlying values and assumptions. What are they? Are they based on truth and accuracy? How are they working out for us?
3: Servant Leadership. Great leadership is counter-intuitive. It’s not about power. It doesn’t command and control from the top down.
Like Jesus with his disciples, servant leadership serves and empowers the inner circle, allowing outcomes to emerge organically.
4: Complexity Theory. Complexity theory invites us to see our organizations as adaptive systems. Here, order emerges when the system has space for self-correction and when change and compliance are self-generated, based on clearly defined “simple rules.”
This leads to an ethic of commitment rather than command-and-control rigidity. It also leads to the reduction of quick-fix solutions as people learn to listen much more closely to the system.
Bringing It All Together
The 21st century is bewildering, but it also holds tremendous opportunities for those ready for change.
Rethink Leadership is focused on spreading ideas about leadership and change. If you are in a position of leadership in a church, para-church, non-profit organization, or your own business – or aspire to be – then this blog is for you.
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Executive Director, Tyndale Leadership Centre