The Demands of Leadership
When they arrived, he [Paul] said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents." (Acts 20:18-19, emphasis added)
Leading from the Penthouse vs. Leading from the Outhouse
Leading from the Penthouse
As a business school graduate, I once contemplated the "Management" major. However, when asked what I planned to do with that degree I naively responded, "I'm not sure, become a manager in some company." (so I chose Marketing instead). It would seem that I was not alone in my thinking. Many who desire to lead seem to misunderstand the "demands" of leadership. Popular thought seems to say that:
Leading from the Outhouse
By contrast, biblical leadership feels more like getting dumped on all day long. Working with and for others on a team often means dealing with the muck in their lives. Following the Holy Spirit's guiding may mean flushing your desire/hope for a project.
As Paul bids the Elders of Ephesus farewell the demands of his leadership appear very different than above:
Much is demanded of leaders, but leaders who demand aren't much.
What about us?
When we walk into leadership are we demanding something...from God, from others?
- Fruit from our ministry? - Greater numbers? - Bigger influence/impact?
Are we demanding a hidden agenda?
- a Theology? - a Vision? - to Relive the past?
I like your bottom line -- Other centered leadership. I find that I put myself in the center of the photo and then look in the crowd shot to see how I look.... so self distracted and consumed that it prevents me loving well and leading w/ trust. You do a great challenge here that has challenged me to think again about my own heart as I lead.
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