Tuesday, January 25, 2011
...an important leadership principle difference between positional versus relational authority. The wise leader knows the difference is huge.And then I remembered...
Many times I could demand something because of my position, but most times the issue is better resolved if I encourage something because of my relationship. In my experience, there are times for both types of authority to be used, but the majority of the time relational authority works better in creating healthy organizations, healthy teams, and healthy team members. The wise leader learns which is best at the time.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. [Phil 2:5-8]and I thought that perhaps that is the key difference between the Old and New Testament. God changed how he chose to exercise His authority.
Now that is an example.