Transparency in leadership is often challenging.
Transparency means we take instruction and make application to ourselves first, without an emphasis upon others.
Transparency instills confidence in others that our efforts, both personally and professionally, are always for the good of the whole.
Transparency involves the type of openness in our communication that lays everything on the table, good or bad.
We need greater transparency in leadership. This is the example we find in Jesus, and it is exactly how we should approach our leadership in the church and world today. Think Souls.
We’ve heard the phrase “caught between a rock and a hard place.” Paul expressed this thought to the church at Philippi. He felt torn between going to be with the Lord and remaining in the flesh to help these Christians.
There are those who are caught in the middle between two friends.
There are children who are born in the middle between two siblings.
There are Christians who religiously walk in the middle of the road.
However, Paul wasn’t, nor can leaders today, be in the middle of the road regarding God’s word. Leaders need dedication and confidence to move others from where they are to where they need to go.
The more faithful the leader, the greater the trust developed. The result is confidence.
Paul was confident in his Savior. John spoke of the confidence we have in prayer. The common thread in both thoughts is faith.
Our confidence is built on faith.
With faith in the power of God, impossibility is eliminated.
With faith in the working of God, prayers are answered.
With faith in the power of God working in us, we can change the world.
I pray our leadership possesses the confidence God intended for a people of faith.
Where trust exists, growth, development, and lower costs result.
When we trust someone, everything runs more clearly, smoothly, and quickly. However, when trust is not a part of the relationship, there are challenges to what is said and done by everyone.
One of our primary goals in leadership is to establish relationships built on trust.
Trust increases the amount of work accomplished.
Trust decreases the expenses of the overall task.
Trust builds comfort and confidence.
Trust changes everything.
Take time to read Stephen Covey’s book, The Speed of Trust.
Fear of the unknown ranks near the top of most people’s fears. It encompasses so many different areas, the unknown with the economy, job security, health, and safety.
Certainly, the unknowns of leadership would qualify.
The task before us in spiritual leadership is to remove these unknowns. When we consider death, we may fear the unknown of what happens at death.
However, because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, this fear has been removed. We can provide no greater confidence to others than sharing this hope. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Think Souls!
Consider a thought expressed by Lao Tzu, “Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves.”
Leadership of this nature will…
Build confidence in others.
Strengthen the focus of the group.
Accomplish more and greater overall good.
Leave a legacy into eternity.
Know more people will reach heaven because of their leadership.
Leadership is needed. Will we step up and do our part?
Fear is common. The apostles demonstrated fear. The parents of a blind man were afraid. Paul addressed fear when writing Timothy.
How do we overcome fear?
A few suggestions:
Know God. He gives a spirit of love and power and discipline.
Believe in Christ. If Jesus endured for us, we can overcome for Him.
Study the book. The more we know of God’s word, the greater our confidence in fearful situations.
Fight the good fight. Paul knew the challenges of the work. He also knew he had to fight.
Let us commit ourselves to overcome and lead with passion.
Strength and stability are two powerful concepts needed in leadership.
Strength is the quality of being strong, possessing, and demonstrating power. Stability refers to the result of an immovable or unshakeable foundation.
Our convictions must be built upon both.
Our character must possess both.
Our courage must demonstrate both.
When leadership provides strength and stability the church will experience growth. Christians will develop greater confidence and assurance. More in the world will come to know the gospel.
Someone has said, ”I do not know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
No one wants to experience failure, and many do not lead because they are afraid to fail. If everyone had this attitude, where would we be spiritually? If no one had the courage to lead, even when difficult, what would happen to the church? We know it is impossible to please everyone. Therefore…
Lead with the Bible as the basis for all decisions.
Make decisions with confidence.
Communicate decisions clearly.
Express reasons why the decisions are made.
Understand not everyone will like or agree with all decisions and it’s okay.
Leadership has its challenges, from personal to professional. However, the benefits of spiritual leadership far outweigh the challenges. Consider four lessons behind the mountain top leadership associated with the life of Elijah.
1) Elijah was God’s man. As such, his message only came from God.
2) Elijah was unrelenting when it came to making a choice. Neutrality was not an option.
3) Elijah knew his God, which translated into reliance and confidence.
4) Elijah understood the need to eradicate the influence of evil.
These lessons stand as an example of the mountain top leadership needed today as we strive to honor God and change the world with the power of His word.