I was thinking about the motivations of a Leaders heart. Why do we Lead? Do you have a Leaders heart? What is our motive for leading? Do we truly long help others or just enjoy being in charge? This is a thought that I imagine, should make us all think. In our society a lot of people want to be a leader. But why do they want to be a leader ?
We see a world full of people who say they want to lead, but in reality they just want to be in charge of everything, including our choices. I look at leadership as something that empowers people. Leadership is more than a title that affords you opportunity. A leader looks after the well being of those he leads not just the benefit of himself. When we look at the Bible we see Jesus’ example of leadership. He empowered 12 and those leaders changed the world. He was a great leader and taught those around him how to lead. We should empower others to lead, and I believe that should drive our motives as leaders. We should also remember that leadership requires great responsibility. You are still responsible when everyone goes home and the lights are cut off.
Jesus was a great example of a Leader that empowered his team. It was messy at times but he did it anyways. No one ever said empowering young leaders was going to be pretty, but it is necessary. I feel sometimes leaders are so concerned with keeping things going and trying to make the end result perfect that they never hand off the baton. The problem with this lies in the fact that the wealth of knowledge and life lessons aren’t passed to the next generation. I think that we are all concerned with our legacy we leave, but what are we willing to let go of in order for this to happen. Our legacy is dependent on the people we pour our life into. I know in my own life this has been hard. Battling with my own insecurities of being replaced by someone who is younger and better at my job than me. I have come to a different conclusion at this stage in my life, if I don’t help raise up this generation I am not doing my job. I am more successful when those around me are successful. When talking with a young leader I’ve worked with she said, ” your leadership, and raising up leaders is going beyond individuals in our community, but it’s impacting nations. As we go off, we raise up other leaders and individuals, which in turn impact even more nations. Ripple effect.”
Let’s look at an examples given to us by Jesus. Jesus empowered leaders. The 12 men he choose changed a world. I realize that one was replaced but that leads me to my next point. Jesus wasn’t afraid of the mess. Empowering people can be messy but it is necessary. We see several examples throughout the Bible of Jesus empowering people. He sent the 12 disciples out to do the work of ministry in Matthew chapter 10. He gave them instruction and sent them out and again when he left this earth he commanded them to go into all the world and make disciples(Matthew 28). All this wasn’t an overnight process. He spent a lot of time instructing the 12 men he brought beside him. He had to settle disputes over childish things and help them understand the importance of what they were going to do.
So when it’s all said and done, why do we really want to lead ? Do we want to empower others or just be in charge, there is a difference. Leaders often pay a price that those who just want to be in charge won’t. The true sign of a leader is being willing to put the best interest of those you lead above your on personal desire. I hope and pray that is the kind of leader you want to be. A leader who wants to help others find their destiny and calling and empower them to be world changers.