Read this post by Darryl Dash (Triple-D because he’s just finished his Doctorate):
There’s a myth out there right now that’s fairly common. It’s the myth of the omni-competent leader. It’s a myth that is partially true because there are truly outstanding leaders out there. But in the end it isn’t true or helpful for a number of reasons:
- There aren’t enough extraordinary leaders to go around.
- Where they exist, a personality cult develops.
- As Jim Collins points out, these extraordinary leaders aren’t good long-term for an organization. “The moment a leader allows himself to become the primary reality people worry about, rather than reality being the primary reality, you have a recipe for mediocrity, or worse.” (emphasis added)
- Within the church, the extraordinary leader receives undue attention and the other necessary parts of the body don’t get to play their roles.
Darryl is one of the most gracious church leaders I know. He’s also a gifted writer. Please read his entire post.