Authoritative or Authoritarian

December 9, 2011


I had a very interesting discussion earlier this week concerning two contrasting styles of leadership. The authoritative person is representative of delegating style of leadership and the authoritarian is representative of a dictator. Both have their strengths in given circumstances however that is not what intrigued me about the conversation.

How do you view yourself? What kind of a leader are you? I’m not talking about abilities. When you look at yourself in the mirror and honestly assess what kind of a leader you are, what do you see? Do you see someone who is able to incorporate others into the task and allow them to produce or do you exhibit control by manipulation and micromanaging each situation. If you find the soliciting of help lightens your load you are probably an authoritative leader. If the presence of help causes more stress than relief then you are either an authoritarian dealing with some internal issues or you have the wrong help. There is no other way to explain it. Most people are afraid to honestly assess and honestly admit the truth about themselves because of the personal issues they don’t like about themselves. The personal issues become personnel issues.

Perhaps an even more intriguing question would be this. What is your view of God? Do you see God as authoritative or authoritarian? Do you see Him as one who asks you to do something then allows you to pursue it or as one who tells you every step to take and if you don’t do it absolutely flawless you will be beaten with a big stick? I am not sure we know how to take God sometimes but it may be more important than we think. When we settle the question of whether God is for us and trusts us and believes in us it is easier to function. If we walk around scared because we are expecting to get beat down because we don’t pass inspection makes life unbearable. How you view God is crucial.

So what is it for you? How do you see God? Do you need to change either?

Man_Up and be the man God wants you to be

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