Thursday, February 24, 2011

Successful Leadership

Matthew 20:25-26 
Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,"

“It’s lonely at the top” we’ve all heard that said of leadership, but it’s so far from the truth.  A leader does not lead from on a mountain top.  He leads amidst his followers.  He listens, learns and then leads.   He gets to know his people.   He discovers their likes and dislikes; their strengths and weaknesses; hopes, dreams, plans and goals.  He finds out where they want to go and helps them go there.   A leader, who is on top of a mountain leading alone, is not a leader, but a hiker.  A leader may go up to the mountain from time to time alone, to be with God or seek counsel from others, but he will always return back down the mountain to the people.  He will also take others up to the mountain from time to time with him to learn and catch the vision.  A leader will go to the mountain top to see the vision because the view is clearer there – a leader, once he has the vision in mind will develop a plan, lead the people up the mountain to see the view, then put that plan into action.  A SUCCESSFUL leader transfers the vision from “ME” to “WE.”  When you do that, everybody catches on, everybody follows and everybody climbs the mountain together. 

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