Bob Whitsel in “Preparing for Change” states that there are not only leadership styles, there are also leadership types. These leadership types are much more a part of who you are and are less changeable than leadership styles. Although you likely have a default leadership style, you can change that style of leadership to fit the circumstances or the individuals, you are leading; but not so much your type of leadership. Below are the basic types.
First Timothy 5:1-2 states: “Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were you father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.” This passage resonates with the ramifications of “being created in the image of God.” We all hold this in common, regardless of race or creed. Treating any person in a way that demeans or disrespects them, damages our own personhood.
This seems to be a universal truth! Family members will irritate, annoy, and just generally rub you the wrong way – sometimes. Parents will nag, siblings will snipe, children will whine, all of it with some seemingly grand conspiracy to drive you crazy. For me that is a relatively short drive anyway. It isn’t just you or your family, it happens to all of us. But, and here is the important thing to keep in mind, at other times they support you, defend you, and encourage you.
I have a friend whose mantra is: “stay in your box.” By that he means to focus on your own area and don’t get sidetracked into other areas which aren’t your responsibility. From one perspective, this is solid advice. The more you focus on your own work, the more likely you are to be able to complete your tasks with excellence. From another perspective, it can be a career killer. If you become the very best in your “box” but never take an interest in other areas, assisting or contributing for improvement, you may find that it becomes nearly impossible to break out of that “box.”