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Is Your Leadership Engagement Action or Introspection?

Is Your Leadership Engagement Action or Introspection? April 28, 2021
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This post on leadership engagement is part of a series of Ten Leadership Styles In Church. The other posts in the series are:

  1. Ten Leadership Styles That Make A Difference In Church
  2. Is Your Leadership Perspective Visionary or Pragmatic?
  3. Is Your Leadership Focus Relationship or Outcome?
  4. Is Your Leadership Framework Methodical or Flexible?
  5. Is Your Leadership Perception Confident or Sensitive?
  6. Is Your Leadership Engagement Action or Introspection?
  7. Discovering Your Unique Leadership Blend

If you’d prefer, you can listen to me unpack this article in my podcast – just click below!

Our leadership engagement is a measure of how we are energised within the world. Think of it at a scale. At one end are the active leaders, who initiate and are proactive. At the other end are the introspective leaders, who think and reflect before they act. Which are you?

The truth is that all of us are a mixture of both. But to what extent? Are we actually balanced in both? Or do we have a strong or slight leaning towards one side of this scale? Nothing is right or wrong here, but it is helpful to know our preferences in our various roles so we play to our strengths and recognise our weaknesses.

Are You Energised In Life By Action or Introspection?

I’ve noticed that some leaders tended to act first and think along the way. Their default was action-orientated. Others thought through what to do and acted after due consideration was beginning. Neither approach is better or worse. Neither the activists nor and the introspectives were any more successful than the other. Some decisions needed action, others needed thinking through. Activists tended to make a quick impact but also make a mess because they acted like a bull in a china shop. Introspectives could pause, reflect and identify a wise way forward, yet also be passive or overthink options. 

What makes someone an active or introspective leader? Each leadership style is defined by five ‘drivers’ – behaviours that characterise it. The more of these behaviours we are naturally fluent in, the more likely we are to flow in the relevant leadership style. You can see the five drivers for each leadership style here:

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Both leadership styles have clear drivers that shape how they function, but each driver can also be overemphasised or overused, for example during times of anxiety, stress or pressure. They then turn from a strength into a weakness. These drivers become ‘dysfunctions’ and you can see the five dysfunctions for each leadership style here:

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Discovering if we are strong, slight, or balanced in our active or introspective leaning is key for our personal leadership discovery. Romans 12:8 tells us that those with the gift of leadership should lead with zeal. The Greek word here translated ‘zeal’ carries a sense of urgency or wholeheartedness. Biblically, we are called to lead in all our fullness! Knowing our natural leadership leaning is the first step in this.

Get in touch with me today to find out how you can discover your own unique leadership style.

This post on leadership perspectives is part of a series of Ten Leadership Styles In Church. The other posts in the series are:

  1. Ten Leadership Styles That Make A Difference In Church
  2. Is Your Leadership Perspective Visionary or Pragmatic?
  3. Is Your Leadership Focus Relationship or Outcome?
  4. Is Your Leadership Framework Methodical or Flexible?
  5. Is Your Leadership Perception Confident or Sensitive?
  6. Is Your Leadership Engagement Action or Introspection?
  7. Discovering Your Unique Leadership Blend
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