Why Every Church & Organization Develops a Personality Over Time

Every church or organization develops a personality over time and it’s usually the personality of the Leader or the Sr. Leadership Team. That’s why it’s commonly said that if you’re the leader and you’ve been there more than 3 years and you don’t like something about the church or organization you’re leading all you have to do is look in the mirror to find the right person to blame. Every organization develops a personality over time and here are 3 reasons why:

1. Every Organization is led by a Person

Ultimately someone is in charge. And that someone makes decisions through a particular filter, that person has certain things that are important to them, and that person has a particular personality. If that person is a risk taker, the organization is going to take on a more risk taking culture. If that person is generous, the organization is going to develop a more generous culture. While people may develop and sharpen leadership skills they lead out of who they are.

2. Every Organization is made up of People

Structures, systems, and procedures aren’t the organization. A product is not the organization. People are the organization. People not only make the product or provide the service, but they make everything work in the organization.

3. Every Organization is for People

The fundamental reason that every organization on the planet exists is for people. The products and services that organizations provide are ultimately made to help people.

At the end of the day organizations are all about people, so it’s no surprise that every organization takes on a personality of it’s own.

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2 Responses to “Why Every Church & Organization Develops a Personality Over Time”

  1. Reuel Williams November 3, 2015 at 6:42 am #

    Is the taking on of ones personality something that occurs naturally in the organization, or does the leader need to be intentional about it?

    • Paul Alexander November 3, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      Great question Rueuel! I think it’s both/and…you naturally lead out of who you are, but you can be intentional about it as well.

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