In my view, the purpose of leadership has become lost.
Finding great leadership in our politics is hard. We struggle to trust those in government positions even though we voted for them.
The Church is struggling too. The arrival of the “rock star pastor,” and the “mega Church” has become somewhat of a global fixation. We’ve created this atmosphere where it’s mostly all about one person.
Honestly, I’ve struggled to understand why so many people with actions opposite that of leadership, end up in leadership positions. It’s mind-blowing.
Many governments, businesses, and ministries are structured in a way that it’s easy for it to become all about the person at the very “top.”
These structures make it simple for the positional leader (Executives, CEO’s, Pastors, etc.) to become master manipulators without consequence because of little or no accountability.
Ultimately, it’s because we’re challenged with what a leader is. Rank? Position? Status? Clout? Jesus answered this question in Matthew:
You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. Matthew 20:25-28.
His view is very different than what we see in our culture today.
As John Maxwell puts it, “According to Christ, then, the truest kind of leadership demands service, sacrifice, and selflessness. A proud and self-promoting person is not a good leader by Christ’s standard, regardless of how much clout he or she might wield, leaders who look to Christ as their Leader and their supreme model of leadership will have servants’ hearts. They will exemplify sacrifice.”
While we can debate all of the characteristics of a leader, it only comes down to influence.
Leadership is influence.
Leadership is not a position alone. You don’t have to have a corner office to be a great leader and influence others.
A great leader is passionate about motivating people.
A great leader cares less about themselves, and more about the people around them.
Great leaders seek how they can positively impact people, and motivate them to grow.
A great leader doesn’t look for self-promotion over the greater good.
A great leader seeks not only to solve problems but also to teach those around them to be problem solvers.
A great leader brings calmness.
A great leader influences people by appealing to the heart, not through manipulation and threats.
A great leader navigates even the toughest of relationships and situations with Christ-like grace.
If we are to place Christ as the supreme model of leadership, then our actions and intentions are going to be 99% different than the majority of culture. I’m good with that.
In the end, I’m reminded that it’s not my responsibility or concern about the actions of others. That’s between them and the good Lord. I’m responsible only for my actions. Period.
It doesn’t matter your position, age, or where you live. You can be a great leader!
I encourage you to hone the skill of Christ-like leadership. You won’t be perfect, but you can influence someone today, tomorrow, and so on.
It may be hard at times, but you are needed! You’re needed to step up and lead like Christ, serve those around you with humility, and influence them to do the same.
Let’s ALL seek to become great Christ-like leaders!
WAY-FM, Chief Development Officer