Types of leadership
1.Leadership by position (by right)
You are placed in leadership not because you are a real leader but because you are merely placed by a certain right. Many organisations have got such leaders who were placed maybe because of long service. You find him there because he got there before you. Many people go through this kind of leadership. Such leaders are not liked by their subordinates because of their weaknesses in their leadership styles or weaknesses. Such people do not carry leadership qualities, they are more like supervisors and managers than leaders per se.
Such a leader by position does not give their 100% towards the success of the organisation. The fact that this kind of leader is not liked also means that the subordinates will not spare their extra minute in their knock off time. They come to work because of a salary and nothing to do with loyalty or love of the organisation.
2.Leadership by permission (relationship)
This kind of leadership comes through a mutual relationship between the leader and the followers. This leader has been allowed to lead the group. In this category the leader is able to influence the subordinates or followers to sacrifice their extra time. This means the followers have the energy to work extra hours and even for no payment. The best way to tell is by whether the workers give an extra mile at no cost.
Bit by bit the people will allow you to be their leader. Naturally you create a good spirit or aura that promotes that mutual understanding with your followers. This is a very important stage in leadership. To be a powerful leader you need to put much effort to fit in this category. You need create some personal programmes which create a bond between you with your followers.
Therefore, if you are not careful you can run an organisation for years yet the people haven’t permitted or allowed you to lead them. If you are not careful you may be brought down by your subordinates especially if you listen to gossip. The same applies to church leadership, do not allow unnecessary reports especially about other members of the church; once you do that you have destroyed the ministry.
The best way to tell if you are a leader in stage 2 is checking if there is a sharp increase in production output. A good leader in this position acts like a slave within the organisation; not by being pushed but out consent.
Such a leader also leads by example. If a leader says, “Let us give” but does not lead in the giving then such a leader isn’t in the stage-2 of leadership.
3.Production (result oriented)
If you reach stage-3 of leadership you are like a fruit tree. You will never go where people but people will come for your fruits. When you get to this stage-3, you won’t sweat for money.
You can lie about your actions but you can’t lie about your results; your results will testify your true position.
There are 3 groups of people in the world. The poor talk about money. The rich talk about things. The wealthy talk about ideas. With this stage of leadership, you can draw large crowds naturally and your ministry grow large. My question is, what are you delivering in your organisation or ministry which draw people to you. This type of leadership will force people to vote for you or gather around you.
A true leader is paid out of production. You must be blessed out of production. Ask yourself why you were paid a salary or allowance last month, was it out of production? Service delivery is the determining factor in this category of leadership. Being productive means even if that organisation is no more, you can still proceed with life without that company.
A true leader in this stage is a problem solver and comes up with solutions rather than identifying problems which are passed forward. A productive person will never die poor.
When you are less productive there is always a problem with your leadership style such that when another person comes, they can take over your position and you end up complaining why they took over your position.
Being a person who is productive continuously the organisation will run even in the moments of problems. However, if you go on and off it means should there be an attack in the organisation, it will go down.
Ask yourself today, “Do you think you are productive?”
A leader in this category sees an opportunity where others see a problem.
4. Reproduction and position
A stage where a leadership is reproducing himself. He is creating other leaders. He is positioning people within the organisation. If you want to position a person where do their best, place them on position where they like best; identify their weaknesses and strengths. By doing this you place an organisation at its highest level. By identifying people in their field of strength you then encourage them to put more effort in that area so that they become perfectionists. Position them to their best area of potential. However, be careful, do not rush to place people in positions before you have tested them thoroughly; test their patience and resilience and fake ones will chicken out.
This is the stage of someone who has stood the test of time. You have met highly honoured people, prominent people and celebrities. All these people acknowledge your leadership qualities and view you with a sense of high acclaim. Whatever you say, they believe you.
We give all glory to God. Mbiri kunaJesu.