There are three different kinds of leaders in my opinion, a bad leader, a good leader, and a great leader. I have personally had the opportunity to work under each in my years in the job market. The type of leader you are makes a huge impact on the morale, willingness to work, and the quality of work from the employees, staff, and/or coworkers that you may lead.
The Barna Group in conjunction with Leadercast, recently conducted a survey of the impact of good and bad leadership. (Read the whole survey HERE) They found that 2 out of 5 Americans rank their boss as “bad,” and that 90% of Americans believe the nation is facing a leadership crisis.
When employees and staff are led by a bad leader they lack the desire to even come to work. With a good leader, they don’t mind coming to work. And, with a great leader, employees and staff enjoy coming to work and want to work for the boss. A great leader has clear vision for the people, makes employees feel valued, and employees enjoy coming to work.
Barna found that one of the qualities of a bad leader reported from 32% of those surveyed said their leader lacked clear vision and direction. The wisdom from Proverbs 29:18 tells us,
Where there is no vision, the people perish – KJV
Leadership must lay out a clear path/vision for the people and company, while being truthful concerning the workplace. A great resource on creating and casting vision as a leader is a book by Andy Stanley called Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Vision. A great leader also empowers those around him or her to lead in their capacity. Empowerment of the people provides a sense of accomplishment. Employees and staff want to know that their work is making a difference.
As a leader you should continually be evaluating yourself to become the best leader you can that brings the most productivity, and enjoyment of work from employees. This evaluation comes from self analysis, outside input, as well as input from staff. Christ set before us the example of a good shepherd in his leadership style. Remember to always lead like a shepherd and not a cowboy, because you’re not really a leader if nobody is following you.
You can find the entire report from The Barna Group, including their data HERE.
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