July 24, 2006

Man, the Leader 2: Christocratic Leadership

before giving the book "For Men Only" to my dad, i just had to read it first. not all of it, just about "The Man and His Marriage" (but of course!!!). so here goes =)

from the book: "For Men Only"*
the section: "The Man and His Marriage"
the article: "Man, The Leader"
by David W. Augsburger (radio speaker, 'The Mennonite Hour')

Comparing the authocratic personality (A) and the Christ-ocratic personality (C):
  • A: gives orders without asking questions, without permitting questions
  • C: asks questions, seeks to truly hear, suggests alternatives
  • A: makes demands, dishes out directives, lays down the law, is defensive if challenged
  • C: respects freedom and dignity of others, can affirm the truth clearly and concretely but nondefensively
  • A: requires compliance regardless of consent or agreement
  • C: values willing cooperation, works for open agreement and understanding
  • A: pushes and manipulates one-man rule in over-under position
  • C: leads, attracts, persuades personal relationships in side-by-side identification
  • A: says, "You do, you must do, you ought to have done, you'd better do"
  • C says, "Come, let's do, we might have done, can we try?"
  • A: depends on his own external authority to motivate others
  • C: depends on [others’] internal integrity to motivate them
  • A: generates friction, resistance, and resentment
  • C: generates acceptance, cooperation, and reconciliation
  • A: separates and isolates people
  • C: unites and helps persons to relate to each other

* “For Men Only: The Dynamics of Being a Man and Succeeding at It,” edited by J. Allan Peterson, Living Books, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Illinois. 1973.
Article originally from “Cherishable: Love and Marriage,” Herald Press, Scottdale, Pa., 1971.

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