Spiritual leadership should be based on a thought expressed by Harvey S. Firestone, “It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.”
We must equip and train others to lead. Who will replace you and me? Are we preparing them for the work?
From a worldly perspective, leadership is inward focused. One must be self-centered in order to make one’s own way. Robert Kennedy said, “People say I am ruthless. I am not ruthless. And if I find the man who is calling me ruthless, I shall destroy him.”
Jesus developed the apostles quite diffferently. The success of their work continues today and will throughout eternity.
The success of our leadership, and the future of the church, rests on developing others.