Our quote for this episode is from Albert Einstein. He said, "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."
In this podcast, we are using as our text, Spiritual Leadership: Moving People On To God’s Agenda by Henry and Richard Blackaby.
Our topic today is part 8 of “Chapter 1: The Leader’s Challenge”, where we look at the challenge of technology.
--- Great Man or Group Theory
Thomas Carlyle, an early observer of leadership, wrote: "Universal history, the history of what man has accomplished in this world, is at the bottom of the History of the Great Men who have worked there." In perhaps the earliest leadership theory, The Great Man theory viewed history as simply the elongated biographies of great leaders. Typical history books might imply that mankind merely plodded along in mundane existence until the next great leader arose. History is often divided into categories such as the period of Alexander the Great or Caesar or Napoleon. However, while this perspective of history has long appeared overly simplistic, in our egalitarian age it seems offensive to suggest that any leader, whether the CEO or senior minister, is any more crucial to the organization's success than the person occupying the lowest box on the organizational chart. Tim Irwin cites the maxim: "If the leader didn't come to work today, everything would probably still get done; but if the people didn't come to work today, nothing would get done." There has been a tendency to minimize the leader's role as if his or her voice was just one among many. Today's organizations often choose to work in teams rather than the customary top-down system of control. Many churches have decided the laity can run the church without the need for designated leaders.
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