New Approach to Leadership

Kenneth Rice
 


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Leadership is a word that is widely used and poorly understood. The challenge is not how to develop more and better management. Society has looked for a few leaders ate the top, and expected everyone else to be a manager or a worker-bee when, in fact, what we need is more honest and courageous leaders at all levels of society and organization. “Leadership is engaging others in an enterprise a sense of sound strategic focus, where they can experience a sense if ownership, of making a difference, of being valued and adding value. ” 1

The changing structure of organizations, the growth of alliances between organizations, and the changing nature of work itself calls for new approaches to leadership. Paul suggested a new approach in Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith…” By faith, Paul refers to something more than the knowledge of the earthly life of Jesus. He means a commitment of an individual to the way of life Jesus exemplified. This approach has less to do with formal authority and the power to control, and more to do with using situational, strategic, and ethical leadership skills to keep groups of people who may not report to you aligned with an overarching purpose. “The first thing a leader must declare is not authority because of rights, but authority because of relationships. ” 2

1 Robert E. Staub, The Heart of Leadership: 12 Practices of Courageous Leaders, Provo: Publishers Press, 1997, xxii.

2 John c. Maxwell, Developing the Leader Within You, Nashville: Thomas Nelson Inc, 1993, 118.

Lieutenant Ken Rice is an Active Duty Naval Officer stationed in Norfolk VA. He is currently assigned to Commander, Naval Surface Force's Warfare Requirments Directorate as the FORCEnet Requirements Officer. Lieutenant Rice is responsible for the program analasys and budget oversight for Information Technology Transformation for the Surface Fleet. He is currently enrolled at Regent University working towards a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership.

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