In the past couple of decades, we’ve heard a lot about steward leadership, and honestly, that is where I feel most comfortable. My belief is if I take care of my people, my people will take care of business. Also, as a steward leader, there is a constant reminder that you are there for a season, whether the season is for a few years or a few decades.
As soon as I take over a new position, I begin to assess the new team – who has promotion potential, who needs another seat on the bus, what plans and policies need to be put in place to stabilize the team, the division, the office, etc. This works well for me. When my time is over, there is a strong team, division, office in place. A called steward leader
- knows who he (or she) is;
- knows his/her purpose; and
- anticipates (plans) for the time when he or she can step back and let go.
Are you called or are you driven? For me, the easiest way to determine that answer is are you plan driven (best for the mission) or ego driven (best for you)? When something goes wrong, do you regroup to determine what went wrong to prevent it from happening again in the future (steward) or do you get angry, frustrated, and work on a revenge plan (ego)? Other examples of a driven vs called leader:
A driven person is
- Most gratified by accomplishments; continually gathering more and more accomplishments.
- Preoccupied with the symbols of accomplishment; titles, office size, office location, positions on the organizational chart, and special privileges.
- Usually caught in the uncontrolled pursuit of expansion; bigger is always better when ego is involved.
- Limited on regard for integrity; being preoccupied with success and achievements that they forget to stop and take a check of their inner compass.
- Not likely to bother with honing his or her people skills; programs, projects, and tasks are more important to them than people. People are usually just a factor toward success.
- Highly competitive; each event becomes a win-lose situation. The driven leader must always look good in front of others.
- A possessor of a volcanic anger; it can erupt whenever he or she senses opposition or disloyalty.
- Abnormally busy, adverse to play, and avoids spiritual worship; too busy for relationships, friendships, and vacations because they believe they have not accomplished enough.
CITE: Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald