It’s good when leaders lead differently

A while back two group leaders approached me within the same week. The first asked, “Is it permissible to take our group to a musical that one of our students is in? If so, how should we handle

transportation?” The second said, “Our group is talking about a trip to Guatemala to work at an orphanage. You good with that?”


Group leaders come in all shapes and styles. Some are wild mavericks while others thrive on specific guidance. The diversity is remarkable, and I believe such differences strengthen our team. Mavericks can learn responsibility from leaders who are systematic and thoughtful, while cautious leaders can learn vision and faith from risk-taking pioneers.


So honor the strengths of each style and help them see value in other’s gifts. Your students will be blessed as a result.

2 thoughts on “It’s good when leaders lead differently

  1. I (Marlana) love the fact that I probably would've been like the first leader 10 years ago (under Don's leadership) and now my husband and I are working as missionaries at the orphanage in Guatemala that the 2nd leader was asking about! God is so amazing to see how He changes and molds our hearts, passions and gifts as we surrender to Him – giving us the strength to serve Him each moment. Thank you, Don, for honoring the strength of leadership styles in us, helping us to value others' spiritual gifts and mentoring us along the way as God lead us into the path of full-time missions (inspired by the short-term trips you allowed us to lead with the high school students).
    Missing you in Guatemala,
    Marlana (Marful) …for Chad, too

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