May 6, 2011 Tony Morgan

Leadership is Dead

Leadership is DeadMost of my readers are familiar with Catalyst, the next-gen leadership conference that takes place in Atlanta, SoCal and Dallas and now has one-day events all over the country. What you might not know is that Catalyst is owned by GiANT Impact, a leadership development organization who also puts on the Chick-fil-A Leadercast event. The CEO of GiANT, Jeremie Kubicek, has just released a new book called Leadership is Dead: How Influence is Reviving It, and he’s taken a few minutes to let me interview him.

TONY: First off, do you really think that leadership is Dead?

JEREMIE: In some people leadership is more than dead, it is non-existent. You see, those who lead for their personal status, wealth or ego have no true influence in the lives of others. They may have authority, but people are not following them with loyalty or respect. Leadership is dead in these types of people.

TONY: There are a lot of books out there on leadership, what sets this one apart? To be blunt, why does it matter?

JEREMIE: Leadership is Dead is written to give people a different perspective of power. Leadership is a vehicle, not the end goal. This book gives practical examples on how to overcome themselves and how to truly influence people for everyone’s benefit.

Most leadership books are full of principals on leadership. Very few deal with the realities of relationships, power and overcoming self-preservation. My writing of this book came in response to leaders asking me how to influence others. That is what sets this book apart.

TONY: I’ve heard you talk about being a liberating leader versus a dominator. What do you mean by that?

JEREMIE: Leadership is power. You can choose to empower or overpower others. An empowering leader is a liberator who wants the best for other people. An overpowering leader is a dominator who wants people to do things for the leaders interest.

You can only know which direction these leaders will go based on the intent or agenda of the leader. Typically you can see this in the wake of their past experiences and leadership.

TONY: What’s one thing leaders can do right now to begin to increase their influence?

JEREMIE: Get real with themselves by uncovering their fear. Most leaders are afraid to lose something (authority, title, salary, etc.) This is called self-preservation. When a leader overprotects the things they are afraid of losing they become defensive, distracted and self-absorbed, which turns people away.

To overcome their self-preservation and increase their influence is to truly become self-aware and deal with the fear. When this occurs people become more free to give of themselves and lead, which positively affects those they are leading.

To become an influencer means that the leader confronts their fear and focuses on giving what others need and want.

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To celebrate the release of Leadership is Dead, Jeremie and his team have assembled a downloadable Leadership & Influence Resource Kit which includes several equipping tools (workbooks, manifestos, videos, etc) to help you make your leadership come alive.

To learn more about Jeremie, you can read his blog at JeremieKubicek.com and follow him on Twitter @JeremieKubicek.

Tony Morgan

Tony is the Founder and Lead Strategist of The Unstuck Group. Started in 2009, The Unstuck Group has served 500 churches throughout the United States and several countries around the world. Previously, Tony served on the senior leadership teams of three rapidly growing churches including NewSpring Church in South Carolina. He has five published books including, The Unstuck Church, and, with Amy Anderson, he hosts The Unstuck Church Podcast which has thousands of listeners each month.
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  1. This is HUGE in church leadership: “This is called self-preservation. When a leader overprotects the things they are afraid of losing they become defensive, distracted and self-absorbed, which turns people away.”

    Julia Duin who wrote “Quitting Church” reminded us that pastors can be some of the most self-unaware leaders out there… the more things change, the more we tend to “clamp down” to protect. This hurts our congregation AND our staff. Before you know it, you’re a leader with no followers.

    Positional Authority is disappearing in church settings. Moral authority seems to reign. As Jeremie put it: “They may have authority, but people are not following them with loyalty or respect. Leadership is dead in these types of people.”

    Good stuff. Looking forward to reading the book.

    • Brandon, that is right. For leadership to come alive means that we must be alive. I have found that fear of losing something we have gained is a poison that leads to a slow death of leadership.

  2. I love Jeremie Kubicek’s thoughts on leadership. His words echo what Robert Greenleaf in the 1970’s discussed in his writings that there was a need for a better approach to leadership, one that puts first, serving others, and that the difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant—first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. Greenleaf called this type of leadership – servant leadership.

    Kubicek also touched on what Bill George wrote about in his book “Authentic Leadership.” George argued that authenticity – being yourself; being the person you were created to be, rather than developing the image or persona of a leader is the way to restore confidence… Robert Fryling, in his book The Leadership Ellipse, talked about the pruning of soliciting praise. This is where leaders need to be conscious of what their motivations are for having power and being in a position of authority.

    Putting others first, being authentic, and having an awareness of what the motivations are for leaders, seem to be what people are gravitating towards in their leaders, speakers, and etc… Positional authority is losing its place and influence on leadership in many types of organizations and age groups. This is especially true in the 20’s and 30’s age group.

    This is great stuff and very powerful! Thanks for sharing – great interview!

  3. Love it, authentic leadership gains influence.

    Things have definitely changed in leadership, and I am glad to see it finally being addressed.

  4. Fantastic interview Tony, thank you.
    This was powerful:
    “Leadership is power. You can choose to empower or overpower others. An empowering leader is a liberator who wants the best for other people. An overpowering leader is a dominator who wants people to do things for the leaders interest.”
    M_

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