The thought sounds crazy, right? Can a leader be normal?
We might need to define normal. However, regardless of how we define it, there is nothing normal about spiritual leadership. Why?
Because spiritual leaders…
…are concerned about their influence inside and outside the church.
…live consistently what they believe.
…know God’s mission involves helping people get to heaven.
…work for a cause greater than themselves.
…share in planning and developing goals for spiritual maturity.
…produce results that glorify God and fulfill His will.
Therefore, spiritual leaders are those who live consistently, knowing the work they share in produces God’s desired will.
Nestled in the concept of an example is our influenceas leaders. We influence people everyday. We influence them in what is right or wrong. The difference is bound up in our example.
Setting an example is associated with consistency. Mahatma Ghandi is noted as saying, “we must become the change we want to see.”
Setting an example is also connected to servanthood. The only time Jesus said “I gave you an example,” involved being a servant.
If we want to be who God desires, we need to understand the significance identified with our example of leadership.
Styles of leadership are numerous, one of which is transformational leadership. The idea is leadership that transforms the people around them, shaping the direction of the future.
Transformational leadership characterizes leaders who have integrity and exemplify consistency in their example. They encourage, support, and help followers look beyond their own self-interests and focus on the good of the team.
Of all leadership styles, this one connects to the heart of spiritual leadership.
Are we transforming others to live closer to God?
Are we striving to transform the lives of others by the character we demonstrate?
Courage has application for everyone. At some point or another, we face various situations and decisions when we need courage.
Peter Block says, “Courage isn’t done for the sake of being practical. It’s chosen for its own sake. As soon as you make courage practical, you’ve stolen its humanity.”
Courage is rarely developed; rather it is a choice of the moment. As leaders, we face challenging obstacles or decisions and we must choose to act with courage.
The ability to consistently act with courage is a defining mark of great leadership.
This is not the Central Intelligence Agency.
Here, CIA stands for Consistency in Action. When leaders demonstrate consistency others have an example worth following.
Jesus constantly addressed the problem of inconsistency demonstrated by the religious leaders.
Their inconsistency was seen in giving, prayer, and fasting. Their worship was worthless. Their lips moved in the right direction, but their heart went in the opposite direction.
Jesus condemned them because their actions did not align with their teaching.
If we lead with CIA, our influence will reach greater heights.
We often develop relationships because we believe there is a payoff down the road. Samuel Johnson wrote, “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”
Our leadership gains momentum if we learn to avoid favoritism, develop consistency, fairness, and the highest level of integrity.
Why is this important? Because God shows no partiality. He does not look at the color of our skin, nationality in our passport, age, gender, or the amount of physical prosperity. He simply examines the heart of each person. Do we?
Integrity is more than honesty. It involves strong moral principles, a moral uprightness.
There is an incorruptible nature to a spiritual leader who demonstrates integrity. They take responsibility for who they are and what they do.
Integrity displays an undivided and unshakeable character of Biblical soundness. This character exudes humility and follows a path of consistency.
Integrity is best taught to children at a young age. Leadership must exemplify it.
Integrity stands for, speaks, and lives truth and will not change, even if it stands alone.
Christians are what we are “in the dark.” Think about it!
Jesus spoke of a wise man and a foolish man. The difference between the two was the foundation upon which they built.
When the bedrock of our leadership is based on spiritual qualities and characteristics, people have a solid foundation to follow.
We must know who we are following. When we follow the leadership of Christ, we move in the right direction.
We must develop consistency between our words and actions. More than one leader has lost credibility because their actions contradicted their words.
The eternal success of our leadership is determined by the foundation upon which we build and help others stand upon.
Businesses offer a raincheck for out-of-stock merchandise. The benefit helps build loyalty between the customer and business.
Loyalty is one of the most vital characteristics of leadership. How do we build the kind of loyalty needed as leaders?
Demonstrate trust: We must trust in God and also learn to trust in others.
Develop consistency and integrity: Without these, loyalty will be impossible.
Dedicate ourselves: We must be dedicated to God, others, and reaching the goal.
These are only a few steps, but if we will take them we can build a solid foundation for loyalty.
Connecting with people is vital to good leadership. Several elements will help establish this connection.
1) Be transparent.
2) Provide hope.
3) Consistency is essential.
4) Relate to people individually.
5) Find ways to genuinely compliment others.
Leaders who connect lead with passion and integrity. They know and are known by others. Love for others drives a leader’s heart. Reaching the goal motivates a leader’s actions. Staying connected keeps a leader balanced.