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Is Your Leadership Focus Relationship or Outcome?

Is Your Leadership Focus Relationship or Outcome? April 28, 2021
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This post on leadership focus 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 focus is a measure of what we prioritise in the world. Think of it at a scale. At one end are the relational leaders, who focus on connecting with people. At the other end are the outcome-focused, who primarily look to complete tasks and projects. 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.

Do You Prioritise Relationship or Outcome?

Some leaders in seasons of my life were incredibly logical and clear-thinking. Strategically minded and having clarity of thought and mind, they kept focused on the outcome and task they wanted and were unwavering in their purpose. But people were thrown under the bus with them, and although they did not mean it, they didn’t even realise how insensitive they could be with their team. Conversely, we all know leaders who are sensitive, relationship-orientated and people-focused. Values determine their actions, as opposed to rationale, and everyone feels cared for and included with them. Yet making tough decisions or getting clarity from them isn’t always the easiest.

What makes someone focused on relationship or outcome? 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 relational or outcome 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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