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A Systems Approach to Leadership, pt 8: Focus on Integrity, Not Unity

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : November 19, 2005

Often, leaders play the role of peace-keepers.  They respond to conflict and crisis with techniques aimed at relieving the conflict and crisis.  When our ultimate goal is unity, it is easy to accomodate and cajole.  We maneuver and manipulate the congregation into a place free from conflict.  An emphasis on inegrity, however, gets at the idea of unity, but a unity that is firmly planted in the truth.  Peter Steinke writes, "being committed to the truth [this isn’t necessarily the same as doctrine] is far more powerful than any technique."

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2 Responses to “A Systems Approach to Leadership, pt 8: Focus on Integrity, Not Unity”

  1. graham on November 20th, 2005 9:19 am

    I’ve just come across these series of posts, Mark. (Has it been that long since I was last here?!) I look forward to digging in and reading them all.

    I recently read a book by a Mennonite pastor called ‘Never call them jerks.’ It was about family systems management and difficult behavior in church; hugely helpful.

  2. Van S on November 21st, 2005 12:16 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation, Graham.

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