How would you know if your company/organization/Church is heading in the wrong direction from a leadership perspective? What would you say is the big “red flag” that signifies the beginning of the end?
I’m currently reading John Kotter’s phenomenal work “Leading Change”. Actually, I’m digesting it – bit by bit – very slowly.
I find the book exceptional. Though it is written from a secular point of view, many if not all the principles can be applied to the context of the Church. Kotter makes the following statement and I find myself going back to it again and again:
The syndrome, as I have observed it on many occasions, goes like this: Success creates some degree of market dominance, which in turn produces much growth. After a while, keeping the ever-larger organization under control becomes the primary challenge. So attention turns inward, and managerial competencies are nurtured. With a strong emphasis on management but not leadership, bureaucracy and an inward focus take over. But with continued success, the result mostly of market dominance, the problem often goes unaddressed and an unhealthy arrogance begins to evolve. All of these characteristics then make any transformation effort much more difficult.
An inward focus. Bureaucracy.
Isn’t this the story of so many congregations?