Leadership Styles: The Rancher

I once heard about a rancher who wanted to keep his cattle on his property. The problem was that he owned thousands of acres. Building a fence around that much land would cost way too much in money, time, and energy. Instead, he decided to dig a well.

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As leaders, we can decide whether to build fences for our staff or dig a well.

Fences are leadership styles based on control. Staff think in terms of what can’t be done rather than what should be done. Risk-taking is non-existant. To be a good employee means staying within the perimeters of policy.

Wells are leadership styles based on staff development. Teach your staff what success looks like and they will naturally understand basic boundaries. The great part about wells are that they will make your staff want to stay. People thrive where they are nourished.

What do you think? Have we become better fence builders than well diggers?


About Chris Stevens

I'm an Elementary Principal, husband, father of three, and an imperfect follower of Christ. I have eight years experience at the Jr-Sr High level and 14 years experience speaking at various churches.
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