The leadership style that brings out the best

I’m not trying to order you around against your will. But by bringing in the Macedonians’ enthusiasm as a stimulus to your love, I am hoping to bring the best out of you. 2 Cor. 8:8 (Msg)

Authoritarians order people around based on their own claims to power and authority; bureaucrats and legalists order people around based on their interpretation of rules and law; transactional leaders manipulate people through reward, competition, guilt, and punishment; transformational leaders inspire and encourage people to embrace excellence and then provide resources and examples that help people experience fulfillment. Jesus is a transformational leader. He transformed us by making His home in us and giving us His own nature, He is already in us. Transformational leaders help bring Jesus’ nature out in us.

Lord, help those with authority over me to bring out the best in me.