Leadership is one of the most talked about subjects in modern literature. It seems many people aspire to leadership but their concept of leadership is flawed. Most courses on leadership are designed to help the misguided gain a warped version of true leadership.
Donald J. Walters put true leadership into a thumbnail with this gem: "Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance."
It may surprise you, but Mr. Walters' statement could have been whispered from the mouth of Jesus Christ. Servant leaders know the difference between capability and being stuck on yourself.
Some folks think "If I can get a desk job, I will be a leader. When I am over more people I will be a tremendous leader." The litany goes on, but many who are somewhere in the above mentioned chain are miserable leaders as they “lead” by manipulation or outright bullying.
A genuine leader grasps the principle laid out by Jesus in Matthew 20:27 "And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
Given in answer to a mother who wanted her sons to lead by title or close proximity to the ONE with the highest title.
She forgot number ONE gave it all for the benefit of others.
Copyright © 2012 Larry Lilly