Relational Leadership–Controlling subcultures. Part 3


On page 150 Wright says,

Every organisation has a hidden culture that has developed over the years and controls what is actually done regardless of the values we espouse. The problem is that, when the stated values of the church or the organisation are not in sync with the cultural beliefs and assumptions, organizational dissonance is created and people get caught in the middle.

Subculture can be healthy for every organisation and it can also be unhealthy. It’s healthy because every organisation is made up of individuals who have their own life experiences, world views and ideas, and many subcultures form when those likeminded come together, because of a mutuality of worldview. It can also be extremely unhealthy when those same subcultures become a dominant force within an organisation, that has its self as the priority and not that of the organization as a whole.

Overtime these subcultures can develop controlling, dominant attitudes or even manipulate decisions and events within a self preservation and egotistical framework that no longer has the wellbeing of the organisation as a whole their priority. Within some organisations- its the leadership who develop these unhealthy attitudes and a mindset of them against us can develop.  At times one of more of these subcultural worldviews can become deeply entrenched within the leadership, where every decision is based around this particular narrow vision, without taking into consideration the needs of the whole, and spiritual elitism can develop.

The Apostle Paul rebukes the Corinthian church severely telling them hey guys, there is only one God, one baptism, one spirit and one body.  All are equal and there are no spiritual elites, there are no plebes and nor is their a hierarchical system within the church of rule and control.

The challenges of any organisation is for it to maintain a holistic mutually submissive culture. At times this may need certain attitudes and actions to be confronted, world views  challenged, accountability structures put in place and acted on. This may result in the body or the leadership being challenged by each other, which is the fruit of practicing mutual submission.

About Craig Benno

I'm an average aussie guy who has lived perhaps a not so average life.
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