Learning To Lead: 4
‘If it is leadership, let him govern diligently.’ Romans 12:8 NIV
How do you know if you have the gift of ‘leadership’? It begins with knowing where God wants you to go, and continues with an ability to show others the value of going with you. Many talented people never become effective leaders. Why? Simply because they’re more interested in themselves than in those they lead. It’s only when they go through trouble and suffering that they become sensitised to the needs of others.
But good leaders don’t wait for that to happen. They realise that good ideas are everywhere, but people who can implement good ideas are so rare they’re priceless. Legendary American football coach Bear Bryant used to say, ‘I’m just a plough-hand from Arkansas, but I’ve learned to hold a team together. How to lift some men up, how to calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat together. There are just three things I’d ever say: If something goes bad, I did it. If it goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it.’
When you have the gift of leadership, you’ll also be approachable. You won’t let minor problems poison your outlook, and you’ll sandwich every slice of criticism between two layers of praise. Robert Louis Stevenson said, ‘Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.’ There are people who knock the heart out of you, and people who put it back in. Paul was such a leader: ‘Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God… for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News.’ (Philippians 1:3–5 NLT) That’s the kind of leader you should aspire to be.
SoulFood: Acts 18–19, Mk 4:35–41, Ps 7:10–17, Prov 11:7–9
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018