“Group think is the Kryptonite of leadership.” This is the claim of a short blog post from the Harvard Business Review. (If you are more into the Classics than Superman, for Kryptonite, read Achilles heel).
In the post, Kevin Evers acknowledges that we tend to gravitate towards like-minded people. However, if you are a leader, surrounding yourself with too many like-minded people on your team can lead to a dangerous group think. He points back to a couple of episodes from modern American history where mistakes were made, arguably because too many team members were reluctant to voice their opposition to the leader’s plan.
He concludes by proposing that
…every leader should take this advice to heart: never shy away from opposition; welcome it – better yet, encourage it, then encourage it some more.
It’s probably easier said than done, especially if a leader is leading out of personal insecurities.
How might it work in a church leadership team? Do those verses that talk about ‘being of one mind’ call for total conformity and exclude all dissent? How do you get the balance between having all the arrows pointing in the same direction and having room for fresh thinking and divergent views? What kind of leader do you need to be for this to happen?