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Is Your Leadership Framework Methodical or Flexible?

Is Your Leadership Framework Methodical or Flexible? April 28, 2021
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This post on leadership framework 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 framework is a measure of how we navigate the world. Think of it at a scale. At one end are the methodical leaders, who bring order and organisation. At the other end are the flexible leaders, who look to improvise and adapt. 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 Navigate The World Methodically or Flexibly?

I’ve worked with leaders who are methodical, organised, and structured. They worked with routine and focus, and there is an order to how they do things. Yet they can be rigid and wed to their process of doing things, seeing it as the only way. Contrast that with those leaders who are flexible and spontaneous, adapting and changing their approach fluidly as different challenges present themselves. Whilst not being boxed in, there can be a sense of chaos or lack of focus that makes them a challenge to work with.

What makes someone focused on methodical or flexible thinking? 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:

leadership framework

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:

leadership framework

Discovering if we are strong, slight, or balanced in our methodical or flexible 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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