Where is our place? Do we have a place?
Does leadership have a place? When we evaluate all the people and activities that fill the places in our lives, where does leadership fit, or does it?
Regarding our influence, we need to consider the following.
Should immoral activities have a place in our life?
Do we allow inappropriate language to have a place?
Will we welcome questionable conduct into its own place?
Is there a place for hypocrisy in our lives?
There is no place for worldly behavior in the life of God’s spiritual leaders. We need to exemplify the place of spiritual leadership.
Paul refers to a way of life or conduct as our walk. He instructs Christians to conduct their lives with certain qualities or attributes, not a one time action, but a lifestyle.
Where do leaders walk? What do they think about as they walk?
Walking characterizes the whole of our leadership. Leadership is a way of life demonstrated by our conduct lived before others in a way that influences the direction of others, eternally.
When we are told to go for a walk, maybe we need to consider changing our conduct of life to lead as God wants us to lead.
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“If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” J. K. Rowling
The study of leadership will always carry powerful principles and a bit of subjectivity when dealing with others. The various styles of leadership continue to find value depending on the setting, situation, individual, and the followers.
When looking for a way to measure the true success of someone’s leadership, Rowling’s thought provides us with at least one way to determine the strength of a leader.
We would all like to think that the conduct of a leader is the same with everyone, but in reality it is just not that way. Often, the treatment of others depends on factors such as agenda, character, purpose, worldview, and more.
Therefore, if we want to determine the type of leader we want to follow, or if we want to become the type of leader others want to follow, then begin with an examination of the way others are treated who might be considered inferiors. Here is where we see the true character of an individual.
“Time decides who you meet in life, your heart decides who you want in your life, and your behavior decides who stays in your life.” Ziad K. Abdelnour
Today’s thought carries a depth of meaning that should motivate us to think more seriously about our personal influence as it connects to relationships and developing as leaders.
Regardless of one’s domestic or international travel, our paths cross with a variety of people from all walks of life. Throughout the course of life, we may experience relationships with hundreds, if not, thousands of people.
During these encounters we make decisions about those individuals we want to spend more time with in order to develop a deeper relationship. These relationships make us vulnerable as we begin sharing our personal lives: failures, weaknesses, and even our inadequacies.
How we conduct ourselves in developing those relationships determines the few that become lifelong friends affected neither by time or space. Leaders rarely enjoy the kind of intimacy that creates a bond exceeding superficial cordialities.
The effort we put forth to develop these kinds of relationships extends beyond this physical life into eternal realms.
Some words in the English language always seem to be difficult when determining which to use. How about effect or affect? Perhaps it is the use of insure or ensure.
Regardless of what words might challenge us most, one set that falls into this category is conscious or conscience.
Interestingly enough, these words are significant when thinking about the development of leadership.
Consciousness involves the awareness or ability to respond to one’s surroundings. We can all relate to the need for leaders to demonstrate an awareness of the decisions or actions necessary in response to the situation.
Conscience, oddly enough, relates to that inner voice that is understood to act as a guide regarding right and wrong behavior. Specifically, the conscience of a leader must be exemplified by the moral decisions made each day.
Consider how vital it is for leaders to have the ability to respond to their surroundings in such a way that the guiding strength of their inner voice is proven by a moral fiber shaped by the perfect and unchanging word of God.
Here is where true leadership takes flight.
Beginning the first “full” week of the new year with a more familiar routine reminds us to reflect on the resolutions we either made or need to make. Each Monday we will look at leadership resolutions worth making and keeping.
The first resolution is to always set an example of the behavior desired in others. What standard of conduct do we want others to demonstrate in their lives at work, home, or in the church? Whatever that standard is should be modeled by us first.
The idea of expecting others to conduct themselves in ways we are unwilling to do ourselves is the greatest form of hypocrisy and a one-way ticket to losing credibility. Our conduct is all inclusive. We should never compartmentalize our lives into conduct on the job, at home, in the neighborhood, and around Christians. A disciple of Christ always displays a Christlike life 24-7-365. There is never a time we are not reflecting the image of our Savior.
As we plunge into the new year, let us all resolve to provide an example for others that is worth emulating.
Over the years, lessons on the power of influence have encompassed several key components to developing biblical leaders. One of the most important, if not the most important element involves setting a good example.
We all set an example with every word and action. This is why the phrase was strategically written. We are to set a good example. When Paul wrote to Timothy, he identified five areas where this young preacher needed to provide an example of the believers: speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity (1 Tim. 4:12).
We will not spend time looking at the specifics of each area, but suffice it to say that these five areas are as needed in the church today as they were when Paul penned the words.
As parents, children, siblings, employees, and every other relationship we might consider, our lives should reflect the example set by our Lord.
When we set a good example, the results are significant: 1) we please the Lord, 2) we insure salvation for ourselves and all those who hear us, 3) others know the direction to follow, and 4) our relationships grow stronger.
Every leader needs ambition: a strong desire to do or achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.
When Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, he emphasized the necessity of making it our ambition to be pleasing to the Lord (2 Co. 5:9).
Imagine the power of leadership when strong desire, determination, and hard work are exerted toward pleasing the Lord.
Ambition based on this purpose will guide every area of life and leadership.
Our role in the marriage relationship or parenting changes when our ambition is to please the Lord.
The integrity of our character and work ethic on the job are viewed differently when our ambition is to please the Lord.
The influence of our conduct toward neighbors and friends has impact when our ambition is to please the Lord.
The nature of our service within the Lord’s church shows the world we are His disciples, when our ambition is to please the Lord.
What value would be placed on our leadership if the whole of our life and leadership were based on ambition such as this?