Ronald Heifetz’s 5 Principles of Leadership

I have a bunch of stuff running around in my head that I want to get to on the blog (Gospel of John, Revelation, Acts, Holy Spirit, etc). Here is another one to add to the pile. I found these five principles really helpful and I want to take a few posts to talk about how these apply to ministry.

From Leadership Without Easy Answers:

  1. Identify the adaptive challenge
  2. Keeping distress in a productive range
  3. Directing to ripening issues over distractions
  4. Giving the work back to the people
  5. Protecting the voices of leadership in the community

About mattdabbs
I am a minister, husband, and father. My wife and I live and minister in Saint Petersburg, Florida. My primary ministry responsibilities include: small groups, 20s and 30s, involvement, and adult education.

5 Responses to Ronald Heifetz’s 5 Principles of Leadership

  1. My favorite Ron Heifetz quote: “Leadership is letting people down at a rate they can stand.”

  2. mattdabbs says:

    That is a good one. It seems like you could read his material several times and keep getting something different from it. It is dense but well worth the read.

  3. Philip III says:

    JAT’s favorite Heifetz quote is mine, too! Although, I think the exact phrase is “Failing people’s expectations at a rate they can handle.”

    I’ve been thinking about re-reading Heifetz lately. He’s so smart.

    BTW, Matthew, I’m totally having a hard time getting down to sleep tonight. So I decided to dig through your blog archive to check out stuff I’d never read.

  4. Tim C says:

    Helo Matt,

    I am curently studying this topic. Can you point me to any of your posts or other resources about this from a Christian perspective. I am looking at how it applies to starting new Christian communities.

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