I haven’t read a book on leadership in awhile so I thought I would pick up what sounded like a good one from Dave Kraft: Leaders Who Last. One gem that I’ve picked up so far is Kraft’s list of Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Leaders:
- They spend too much time managing and not enough time leading.
- They spend too much time counseling the hurting people and not enough time developing the people with potential.
- They spend too much time putting out fires and not enough time lighting fires.
- They spend too much time doing and not enough time planning.
- They spend too much time teaching the crowd and not enough time training the core.
- They spend too much time doing it themselves and not enough time doing it through others.
- They make too many decisions based on organizational politics and too few decisions based on biblical principles.
I have found that while many want an effective leader and one that lasts, within the church they often require him to be ineffective. How many pastoral job descriptions have you seen that are populated by the first statement in each sentence and not the latter?