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Three Types of Leaders—Two to Avoid and One to Become

A few months ago I was invited to speak to a group of university faculty on “Building and Leading Teams.” This caused me to reflect a great deal on lessons I’ve learned about leadership over the past three decades. Then last week I had the chance to visit one of the best leaders I’ve ever worked under, who reminded me again what great leadership looks like. He was a balance between two extremes, both of which are unbiblical and unhealthy approaches to leadership. In this post I summarize these three types of leaders as we seek to think Christianly about leadership.

Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the record straight.
-Proverbs 18:17

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and the glory of kings to investigate a matter.
-Proverbs 25:2

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