Ministry Musings: The Home Front

     As leaders, we eventually come to see that our leadership comes more from the people we are than from the training we received.  A telling question is, “What kind of home did you grow up in?” 
     Our home environment as children will likely play a large role in shaping the ways we lead. Permission-giving leaders likely grew up in homes where grace prevailed.  Perfectionist leaders likely came from homes that held inordinately high expectations, with a “no fail” system included.  Punitive leaders likely come from law-oriented homes, where “not following orders” was tantamount to the unpardonable sin.
     Of course, as we move through life, other factors play roles in shaping how we lead.  But when we step back to look at our lives as leaders and consider why we have chosen the style of leadership that we have, we must include our home life growing up.  Chances are, we will create a “leadership home” similar to the one we grew up in.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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