Leaders Versus Wannabes

architectUmair Haque has a fantastic piece at the Harvard Business Review decrying the lack of leaders in the world today and pointing out the differences between leaders and wannabes. The entire piece is worth the read, but this quote summarizes that difference beautifully:

Wannabes are something like metric-maximizing robots. Given a set of numbers they must “hit,” they beaver away trying to hit them. The leader knows their job is very different: not merely to maximize existing metrics, which are often part of the problem (hi, GDP, shareholder value), but to re-imagine them. The leader’s job is, fundamentally, not merely to “hit a target” — but to redesign the playing field. It’s architecture, not mere archery. If you’re hitting a target, you’re not a leader. You’re just another performer, in an increasingly meaningless game.

When can pursue metrics all we want: how many people showed up to our Sunday morning service, how many people tithed this week, or how many people became members this year.

But the truth is, those numbers mean little compared to how effective our ministry is in influencing and reshaping the world around us through changed lives.

Do YOU pursue metrics, or are YOU seeing changed lives change the world around YOU?


About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.