As God has been developing me into a leader, I have been learning a lot along the process. My entire paradigm of leadership has changed.
I used to desire positions of leadership because it seemed cool. I thought…“Leaders get all the attention.” “Leaders have power and get to boss others around.” “Leaders seem to be the ones that matter most.” Those are some of my thoughts as I grew up chasing that elusive and prestigious title of “leader”.
What I’ve come to realize is that leadership is none of those things. You can have the tile of “leader” while lacking the heart of a leader. Jesus was never the greatest leader because he could boss people around most efficiently or draw the biggest crowd. Jesus was the greatest leader because he was the greatest servant.
Leadership isn’t about how high you can climb on some pedestal; leadership is about how low you can get down on your knees in a posture of humility.
You want to lead? Think twice about it. It isn’t easy and it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Leaders have influence, and the volume of their influence demands equal accountability. Run rampant all you want, but realize one day you will answer God for how you led.
The title of leader should not be taken lightly. It isn’t some empty shell. It is a word that carries a lot of weight with it. When you sign up to be a leader, you are signing up for something that shouldn’t be taken lightly or for granted.
Here is a checklist of things you sign up for when you sign up to become a leader…
When you sign up to be a leader…you sign up to be the greatest servant.
When you sign up to be a leader…you sign up to humble yourself the most.
When you sign up to be a leader…you sign up to give more to life than you take out of it.
When you sign up to be a leader…you sign up to influence others with love and grace.
When you sign up to be a leader…you sign up to answer to God for your stewardship.
When you sign up to be a leader…you sign up to be accountable for how you lead.
When you sign up to be a leader…you sign up to lead while first being led.
When you sign up to be a leader…you sign up to lead despite feeling inadequate.
Leading is both a burden and a blessing. The burden is working to be a good steward of whoever you are leading and knowing you will answer to God for how you led. The blessing isn’t the prestige or pleasure of being a leader, the blessing is knowing that God is using you for His glory and for your good.
Please, think twice about leading. As God is growing me into a leader and as I am beginning to understand what leadership is, I still desire to be a leader, but for very different reasons than before.
Here are some questions to help you assess your leadership…
- Are you more focused on what you accomplish or who you are becoming?
- Do you want to be a leader because of the title “leader” or because you want to put more into life than you take out of it?
- Do you measure your leadership by your popularity or by your servanthood?