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Positional Leadership vs Authentic Leadership

By Doug Franklin January 8, 2014

Many of us think we are in-charge because we have a title that says we are but we are not really leading.

Being in charge means telling everyone what to do, taking the glory for the project and making sure you always stay in your comfort zone. Leading means mentoring people so they can reach their best, going last and being willing to tell people the hard truth in love. When your team is successful, it’s because everyone else did an awesome job.  When your team fails it’s because of you. ID-10098647

Leaders don’t see themselves on top of an organization but on the bottom. Supporting the others on the team. They serve more than they command and they care more than any other person on the team.

Too many of us are in charge at church and very few of us are leading. Youth ministry gets a bad rap because we don’t act like leaders who know their gifts, can speak the truth in love and can kick people in the pants when they need it.

Being a good leader will breed more good leaders. Your passion for the mission is contagious and it will influence the people on your team to act differently. When we lead at church tons of good things happen. People get cared for, folks lead through their giftedness and selfishness is put aside.

Now is the time to clothes ourselves in humility; our churches and our students need to see great leadership and they need you to show them a new way to lead at church.

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About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More