Big Idea: No one likes to live under dictators—they take all the fun out of life and work!
Hans Finzel also calls dictatorships “the apostolic view of decision making.” This person believes that he or she has special knowledge or an anointing that gives him or her the inside edge on truth” like the apostles in the New Testament. But even the apostles were not dictators as seen in the selection of the first deacons in Acts 6. Mark Dever makes this point in Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, page 221.
1. Dictatorships deny the value of individuals.
Finzel quotes Andrew Carnegie: “Take away my people but leave my factories and soon grass will grow on the factory floor. Take away my factories but leave my people and soon we will have a new and better factory.”
2. The major players in any organization are like its stockholders: They should have a say in its decision.
“The greatest ideas bubble up from the workers” Hans told his team of sixty home office staff. “They will come from you not me.”
“Look at the iPod, developed by a computer company and music outsiders! It single-handedly wiped out Sony, which had dominated the portable music market for decades with its Walkman portable CD players, and more recently with MP3 players.”
3. The one who does the job should decide how it is done.
“This is facilitative leadership. My job is to help those I lead release as much of their potential as possible….This is, in fact a biblical approach to accomplishing the work of God on earth.” Read about it in Ephesians 4:11-12.
Rather than always dictating decisions, a good leader will try as often as possible to let those he is leading make decisions….When the best leader’s work is done, the people will say, ‘We did it ourselves.’
Peter F. Drucker in Managing the Non-Profit Organization: Principles and Pracitces said, “The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I.’ They don’t think ‘I.’ They think ‘we.’ They think ‘team.’
This is exactly what Nehemiah did in 2:17 when he said, “Let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.”
4. “Flat” organizations are the model of the future.
While Hans Finzel believes in the flat organization he also “firmly believes in the need for a single person to be in charge of each team in an organization, as opposed to a committee….Though we have pushed most decison making far out to the staff, we still believe that the buck must stop somewhere for each major team, project, initiative, or department.”