Relationships Are Everything


Just as all Christian leadership originates in our relationship with Christ, our day-by-day leadership depends on relationships with others that mirror the ideals of our faith.

Leadership success is increasingly dependent on getting along with others.

A recent global survey found that not delivering “acceptable results” was not among the most common reasons for failure. This does not mean, however, that results are unimportant but, rather, a relational foundation is essential for leaders. On the positive side, the survey also asked respondents to identify the predictors of leadership success. The top four were: fit with the organization’s culture and values, interpersonal skills, motivation to lead, and previous experiences.

“What emerges from the survey analysis,” says Bram Lowsky, reporting on the research, “is that leadership success is increasingly dependent on getting along with others.” He also reports that the findings tend to be consistent across the countries where the survey was conducted.

Just as the source of our faith is Christ, the source of all leadership is an ongoing relationship with Christ. We know Christ is the vine without whom we cannot bear fruit—the vine that bonds us in relationship with those for whom Christ came that all might have life abundant.

A news release about the survey by Right Management can be found a


About Author

Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.

Lovett H. Weems, Jr., is senior consultant at the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, distinguished professor of church leadership emeritus at Wesley Theological Seminary, and author of several books on leadership.

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