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Leadership Growth and Development

February 16, 2015


In his book “Servant Leadership,” Robert Greenleaf defines two kinds of leaders. Strong natural leaders are those who try to take control, make decisions, and give orders in any situation in which the find themselves; they have a need to be in charge. Strong natural servants, on the other hand, will assume leadership only if they see it as a way in which they can serve.

Ken Blanchard, in his book “The Heart of a Leader,” states, "I want to be led by strong natural servants because they are willing to use whatever leadership style – directive, supportive, or some combination – that best serves the needs of those they are leading. Blanchard reminds the reader the primary biblical image of servant leadership is that of a shepherd. The flock is not there for the sake of the shepherd; the shepherd is there for the sake of the flock.

"Servant leadership is more about character than style," Blanchard writes.

How does your style of leadership affect the day-to-day ministries God has called you to serve?

In what ways are you seeking to grow and develop in your leadership?

I invite clergy and laity to share leadership development ideas by emailing me at Share upcoming conferences, mentoring, books or other leadership opportunities. We will share your responses in an upcoming Advocate article.

Rev. Denise Walton serves as the Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries. Contact her at


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