Essay about Leadership Without Easy Answers

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Tyler Jordan February 11, 2013 Leadership for Ministry Dr. Levi Price “Leadership Without Easy Answers” – Ronald Heifetz 1. The Essence of the Book, 2. Main Thoughts, 6. Reflections In “Leadership Without Easy Answers,” Ronald Heifetz gives his take on what it means to be a leader in various types of leadership situations, how to use or not use our authority, and most importantly, the difference between leadership and authority. Throughout a wide variety of examples and narratives, Heifetz shows how these two are different, yet also how that can be used in harmony in a variety of work environments. Heifetz bases the arguments in this book around making two different distinctions: technical versus adaptive problems, and…show more content…
What is difficult about this description is that each person may need me to be somebody completely different! Adaptation is, in my opinion after reading this book, a CRITICAL component of being in ministry fulltime in any area. Heifetz sums it up in this way: “Instead of looking for saviors, we should be calling for leadership that will challenge us to face problems for which there are no simple, painless solutions – problems that require us to learn new ways (pg. 2).” I pray that I will be the type of leader that will always be willing to learn and adapt. The theme of leadership vs. authority is one that Heifetz really uses throughout his whole book. According to Heifetz, it is common in today’s society to equate leadership with authority, calling “leaders” those who attribute high positions of authority in society. Concerning leadership, Heifetz attempts to redefine leadership as an activity rather than a position of influence, in an attempt to separate leadership from authority. He introduces this argument in a way that made me want to stand and applaud in the middle of the library: “We could imagine that a leader is more likely to produce socially useful outcomes by setting goals that meet the needs of both the leader and followers. This has the benefit of distinguishing leadership from merely ‘getting people to do what you want them to do.’ Leadership is more than influence” (pg.
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