Genesis 1-3 describes the “tension of opposing consequences” that all leaders encounter:
- We have been created in God’s image
- yet we are fallen
Romans 7 and Galatians 5 speak of this tension from a redemptive perspective.
The Consequences of Creative Design:
Each person in our organization has the capacity to be loving, kind, and hardworking.
The Consequences of the Fall:
Each person in our organization has the capacity to rebel against God and become greedy, prideful and self-loving.
We live with the tension that both of these statements are true.
There are tremendous leadership implications when we focus on one over the other:
Leaders who Minimize the Consequences of Creative Design, will likely…
- Believe others have few moral standards and little potential for growth without their strong leadership
- Not trust others much, and therefore micro-manage
- Control others using rewards and punishment
- Emphasize truth over grace; shrewdness over innocence
- Replace inner development with training of outward behavior – many rules and regulations (often unwritten)
- Believe people do not know what they need to know
- Enjoy quantitative measurements
- Thrive on competition (although very subtle)
- Have a high view of holding others accountable (not self)
- Tend to lead more like a battleship captain than a cruise- ship director (not obviously, but certainly)
- Assume they are less influenced by the effects of the Fall than others within their organization
Such leaders need to remember the truths of Galatians 5:22-23…
But the fruit of the Spirit is…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Leaders who Minimize the Consequences of the Fall, will likely…
- Hesitate to give guidance and direction
- Focus on the inherent goodness of humans
- Avoid conflict
- Assume goodness will express itself when given the right conditions
- Trust people “too much”
- Emphasize grace over truth; innocence over shrewdness
- Not desire to measure very much
- Limited policy formation, feedback loops, staff reviews
- Have a low view of accountability
- Tend to lead more like a cruise-ship director than a battleship captain
- Ignore the power of sin
Such leaders need to remember the truths of Galatians 5:19-21…
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.
Effective leaders live in the tension of knowing both consequences are fully true of themselves and the people they lead.
Steve Logan, Founder of Mappings