There is no shortage of info on leadership available. It seems every where you turn, you find books, pod casts, writings, training and even sermons on leadership. My goal is not to compete with that large sea of information, but perhaps to add one perspective to the mix. In my experience I have seen three levels of Leadership. All are good but there is a rising quality through the levels, and Jesus modeled all three through His ministry.
Inspire to Follow
The first level of leadership is quite simple. It is not achieved through force or position but through inspiration. There are volumes of books written about the charisma or character needed for such inspiration, but this level of leadership is just the beginning. “While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” (Matt 4:18-20)
Inspire to Do Something
Getting people to follow you is required for good leadership. If nobody is following, then you are simply not leading. But simply following is not enough. A good leader will inspire his followers to step out into action, to do something great. “Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him.” (Luke 10:3-6)
Jesus sent out his followers to do amazing things. They would teach people, heal people and lead them to Christ. No longer were they simply following Christ, they where doing something special as a result of His leadership.
Inspire to Be Someone
True leadership is only evaluated by the quality of the followers. When those followers step out and act, when they do something special, this is a result of quality leadership. But when those followers actually become leaders themselves, the leaders influence can now move well beyond the lifetime of the original leader.
Jesus called Peter to follow Him. Then He inspired Peter to do amazing things. But at some point, He inspired Peter to be someone special. “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matt 16:18-19)
If you are a leader, who are you leading? Who are you inspiring? Are you leading them to a point of doing great things or are you elevating them to a point of being someone great?
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