3 Ways To Determine Your Unique Leadership Style



How do we determine our unique leadership style?

As leaders, we often compare ourselves and our leadership style to others. How can we figure out how we are uniquely designed by God, so that we can lead our congregations more effectively?

1. You are not someone else.
2. Where could your passions lift the community?
3. Get feedback.


You are not someone else.

First, remember that you are not someone else. While this may seem like an obvious statement, many leaders live under the shadow of someone they emulate, or an inner comparison of themselves to an unrealistic ideal.

The reality is, God brought you into the particular leadership situation that you are in, and He is the One who invited you to work with Him in that role. He didn’t invite another leader – He chose you.

We need to stop the comparisons, and we need to ask God to teach us to lead from our own special mix of strength and weakness.


Where could your passions lift the community?

Where does your great passion intersect with a great need within your fellowship, or worship ministry, or the context in which you are leading?

When you figure this out, you’re right on the edge of understanding the way that God has designed you to lead this community.

If you’ve always been called to be an artist or worship leader, in addition to being called to a pastoral or leadership role within your congregation, then you will have a unique way of leading your group that will be particular to you.

What are those unique things that, when you do them, allow you to feel the pleasure of God? Those passions and gifts within you have something to do with the way you must lead to grow in health as a human being – and as a Christian – before God.


Get feedback.

Ask people you trust to be honest with you:

“When do you see greatness in me? When do you see me really shining? When do you see me having a bit of shimmer, but I seem to be working harder than usual? What areas of leadership am I putting my hand to that you think I should distance myself from so that I can focus on the leadership task at hand?”

Take this feedback and use it to grow in your leadership style.


Find your unique leadership style.

  • Allow your community to help shape who you are as a leader. Find what you’re really passionate about, and connect this with the needs in your church.
  • When you find where you can apply your passions to serving the congregation or community around you, you can start to define your leadership style.
  • Ask those around you, especially those on your support team, where they see you shining, and where they see you struggling. Having this feedback helps you become aware of the primary reasons God has called you into your leadership role.



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