Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Invasion of the Leader-Snatchers

In the early days of this blog, whenever I dared to mention the word leadership, many bloggers responded like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, as they pointed bony fingers of accusation and emitted that signature high-pitched howling whine. Then they fired off nasty emails and/or comments (which Haloscan mercifully failed to archive).

Leadership, it seemed, was the original "L-word".

But a new day is apparently and finally dawning! This past week or so has seen a sudden proliferation of blog posts all referencing missional leadership. Emerging Grace leads the way with a four part series (here, here, here, and here) before Getting Personal Finally, while Jamie Arpin-Ricci chimes in with Missional Leadership: My Inspiration [link no longer works], as Brother Maynard puts some of his cards on the table with Missional Leadership, Perhaps?, and Leslie blogs her notes and reactions on a seminar she had just attended about -- wait for it -- Missional Leadership [blog since deleted].

There's a lot of good thoughts on each of these blogs, but mostly I'm just relieved and excited that finally we can talk about leadership again. A different model, metaphor, and understanding of leadership than many have suffered under experienced, to be sure, but at least now it's finally becoming OKAY to talk about it again.

And it's nice to not hear that howling whine anymore.