Creation, Fall, Redemption, Leadership

Steve Logan Writings

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