by Bob Whitesel, D.Min., Ph.D., 12/15/15.
Are you a shepherd or a visionary (or a little of both)?
Here is a posting explaining the difference: STO LEADERSHIP & An Overview: Are you a shepherd or a visionary (or a little of both)?
But what if you are primarily an operational-style of leader, the type we classify as “shepherd?” Will you ever lead a large, growing ministry?
Yes you may, for I have seen many “shepherd leaders” who build leadership teams that lead large flocks. Read the excerpt from my book here to find out the difference (not for public distribution, so if you enjoy the chapter please support the publisher and author by purchasing a copy): BOOK ©Whitesel EXCERPT – CHANGE REACTION Chpt. 2 STO Leaders.
A Questionnaire to Discover If You are Primarily a Shepherd Leader
If you feel you are an “operational leader” more than a “strategic leader,” that is fine.
As I said above, I’ve seen many leaders of large ministries that are primarily operational leaders. This is because they build together a great team to lead the organization.
So how do you know if you are an operational (shepherd) leader? How do you tell?
A good place to start is Randall Neighbour’s self-exam called the “Pastor’s Relational Survey.” It came from the Appendix of his book, The Naked Truth About Small Group Ministry.
You can complete Neighbour’s the “Pastor’s Relational Survey” self-exam in about 10 minutes here: “Pastor’s Relational Survey.”Take this short questionnaire and it may help you focus on your unique leadership gifts.