Leadership ain’t what it used to be

Leadership is the ability to motivate the will and actions of a group toward goal attainment.  This implies relationship between leader and follower. Formerly goal-attainment was often synonymous with a directive leader. Changes in our world have helped to alter the relationship between leader and follower. (O’Toole-1995)

Futurist Alvin Toffler describes civilizations as being organized by three major influences or “waves.” Society first structured for agriculture. The second wave, organized for industry, saw the rise of top-down leadership. The third wave he calls the information age. This last period, Toffler says, will be increasingly resistant to hierarchical structures instead people will organize themselves around communities of commitment. “No leader can command or compel change. Change comes about when followers themselves desire it and seek it. Hence the role of the leader is to enlist the participation of others as leaders of the effort.” (page 133)

Leadership, as exemplified by Christ, is characterized by genuine love for the followers who respond to the leader and to each other. Because the leader genuinely cares for the followers he seeks to know and respect them deeply. He also seeks not only the partnership of the follower but their benefit and development as well.

Sources:  James O’Toole, Leading Change; Overcoming the Ideology of Comfort and the Tyranny of Custom (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1995)

Alvin Toffler, The Third Wave (New York: Bantam Books, 1984).

About Robert A. Moore, Jr.

It's all about relationships and relationships depend upon effective communication. I'm not a real smart guy but I've tried to be a continual learner. God is my judge, his Son is my model, His Word is my roadmap and His Holy Spirit is my companion and guide. I have taken the time to earn a B.A. in C.E. & Psychology from Lee University then much later an MA in Org. Leadership from Azusa Pacific Univ. and more recently h a Doctor of Strategic Leadership(DSL) via Regent University. My biggest teachers however have been my 89 year old dad--what a man of courage and integrity. My little 100 pound Italian momma who we lost in 2005; my 4 siblings; my three sons Jeremy, Jonny & Rob III; my daughters-in-law Erika Beth Tiedemann Moore and Sheila Skelf Moore; more recently my grandsons Alex and Ben. The person who has taught me the most and keeps me between the ditches is my wife and love of more than 38 years, Patty. This blog helps me to keep learning ongoing and in focus with others.
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