November 9, 2017

What Type of Leader Are You?

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This blog was written by Walking Together Learning Leader Diane Stronks who is working alongside co-leaders Elco Vandergrift and Guillermo Yan with Nicaraguan educators and leaders as part of the Leading Change With a Growth Mindset Walking Together project.

When we approach leadership, one of the biggest fallacies is that we need to be "all things to all people."  Each person is blessed by God with strengths, talents, gifts and capabilities.  As our Nicaraguan colleagues realized, they are very different people with different leadership styles.

What makes a good leader?  Being able to realize who you are, what you need, and growing the people around you.  Every leader needs to grow the capacity and abilities of those with whom they work.  Jesus poured himself into his disciples.  He did not do everything himself.  He grew his band of 12 leaders so that they could go and "make more disciples."  It is important to know how to share power, authority and trust.

Elco provided a fun exercise for the leaders and facilitators of ACECEN.  What type of leader are you?  Are you a lion, an otter, a beaver or a golden retriever?  What are the characteristics of each of these leadership styles?  What does a leader have to be wary of?  How can his or her strengths become a recipe for weakness?

What was so encouraging about the ACECEN team is that they have a good number of otters (those who lead with fun); beavers (those who know how to work and get things done); golden retreivers (those who ensure that good policy and structure is always in place) and lions (those who are visionary, strong and courageous!  This exercise was enjoyed by all!  

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