*A few new synchrobloggers were added to the list late below – they are all at the end of the list.
Several bloggers are participating together to write about leadership. I am following their lead. I think leadership is what we, as representatives of Jesus Christ, must be about. We must lead others to the Father, diligently working on the ministry of reconciliation through the blood of Jesus Christ. But this begs the questions – what does this type of leadership look like and what does it not look like?
First, what does leadership not look like? It doesn’t look like a definition, a word, or an explanation. It doesn’t look like Barack Obama or John McCain. It doesn’t look like Tony Romo or Brett Favre. It doesn’t even look like Michael Jordan. It doesn’t look like Paul Newman or Nicole Kidman. It doesn’t look like Jack Welch or Dan Rather. It doesn’t look like management and it doesn’t look like a boss. It doesn’t look like telling others what to do.
Leadership definitely is something one can witness. In fact, it is more easy to see it than it is to define it. I think leadership is understanding authority.
What does that mean? Well, when one reads Exodus you will see something repeated throughout: “Then the Lord said to Moses.” This is followed by Moses doing whatever the Lord said. And, by doing this, Moses led the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised land. He exhibited leadership by following. He exhibited leadership by sacrificing his own desires and thoughts and following God’s desires and thoughts wholeheartedly. He served the Israelites by giving up his own dreams and allowing God’s dreams to become his own.
When David led the Israelites you see him consistently “inquir[ing] of the Lord.” And when God speaks, David listens. He obeys. When he does so, David leads excellently.
This pattern is repeated throughout the bible. It culminates perfectly in our Lord Jesus Christ, Who says of Himself:
Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. . . . The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather it is the Father, living in me, who is doing His work. . . . If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
John 14:9-10, 23-24.
Do you want to lead well? Listen well. Listen well to the One who has all authority in heaven and on earth. Matthew 28:18. Follow His lead. Listen to the Father. He is speaking to you through His Spirit. John 14:25-26. As you do, obey fully and you will be the greatest of leaders, all by sacrificing your own desires to take on the desires of your Heavenly Father. You will become a servant to the One worthy of service and serve others as He directs.
Here are some other blogposts by great writers on “Leadership.”
Jonathan Brink – Letter To The President
Adam Gonnerman – Aspiring to the Episcopate
Alan Knox – Submission is given not taken
Joe Miller – Elders Lead a Healthy Family: The Future
Cobus van Wyngaard – Empowering leadership
Steve Hayes – Servant leadership
Geoff Matheson – Leadership
Bethany Stedman – A Leadership Mosaic
Matt Stone – Converting Leadership
John Smulo – Australian Leadership Lessons
Helen Mildenhall – Leadership
Tyler Savage – Moral Leadership – Is it what we need?
Bryan Riley – Leading is to Listen and Obey
Susan Barnes – Give someone else a turn!
Lionel Woods – Why Diverse Leadership is Good for America
Julie Clawson – Leadership Expectations
Ellen Haroutunian – A New Kind Of Leadership
Beth Patterson – Leadership: Being the River
Tara McKinney Hull – Leadership and Being a Single Mom