Reflections on Leadership

There are many schools of thought about leaders and leadership and 2016 is the year I learned about leadership deeply through my own personal journey, although I did not plan for it or intended to be in a leadership position.

I wrote the following reflection about leadership some time in July:

In a perfect world, there should be a balance between character and competence, but I will prefer character any given day.

I value integrity and humility.  It is difficult to help proud and arrogant people but I have learned the humility can take people far.

I have a discomfort with positions of authority but I am learning leadership.  Authority and leadership are not synonymous.  Simon Sinek says, “People do not follow authority but they follow leaders.”

I believe that I cannot have full control over things, days, people, and life in general because I am divinely called so this leadership journey is something I am figuring out.

I have learned that:

You don’t need minions to be called a leader.  It is not about rank or hierarchy.  Leadership starts with the self, with self-awareness and self-mastery.

Self-mastery is tough.

I have learned that:

My job as a leader is not to raise minions but to raise leaders in the best way they can be.

People are not remembered by their achievements, but how they made an impact in the lives around them.

As the year draws to a close, I go back to the original model of leadership.  And His model is so different from how the world sees leaders and leadership and yet, more and more, people are asking for servant leadership not knowing what it really is all about.  I’d venture to say that if a person wants to be a great leader, then he must be a servant leader.  And to be such, he must know Jesus Christ.  Because 2,000 years from His death and resurrection, countless lives have been changed by His wisdom and works and the works of His followers…if you do not consider that effective leadership, I do not know how else we can call it.

Mark 10 (New Living Translation)

43But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”