Unity is Prohibited by the Need for Control
Reasons Leaders Feel Threatened and Feel the Need to Gain Control
A need for control often comes when a leader feels threatened. At first glance we might think the threat comes because ...
- people disagree with us (believe or feel different than you),
- challenge our decisions (think different than you),
- or don't take our advice or guidance (act different than you).
- a loss of status, power, respect, influence, or control due to the disagreement, challenge, or lack of submission.
How Leaders Needing to be in Control Prohibit Unity in the BodyThreatened by a loss of status, power, respect, or influence, leaders might set out to regain control and esteem but in unhealthy ways. When others sense a leader's need for control, they might react in self-protective ways. This leads to a stressful and divisive environment where misunderstandings and conflict flourish.
In addition to what you read on this page, the Steering the Church Toward Body Life Leadership Guide looks at the results of leaders needing control and the realities they need to grasp to keep themselves from setting out on a quest for control.
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