One of the key principles of leadership involves communication.
When leaders do not keep others informed, suspicion grows, distrust blossoms, doubt develops, and anxiety raises its ugly head.
Spiritually speaking, there is a great need for Christians to be informed by leadership.
What kind of information needs to be provided?
Information about plans for the future, changes to be made, challenges or hindrances facing the plans, and existing needs.
When leaders communicate, trustworthy and loyal relationships develop. It is time for God’s leaders to lead.
The English word and Greek word translated “devoted” have similarities, but there is a powerful difference.
The English definition speaks of being loving and loyal, but the Greek involves “insisting on staying close to someone or something.”
I understand that to be loving and loyal involves being close to someone or something. However, the power is seen in the first part of the Greek definition; “insisting on staying close.” Devoted spiritual leaders will…
…insist on staying close to people. Through a leader’s devotion they learn the needs of the people closest to them, followers. Helping others reach heaven demands a leader’s devotion.
…insist on staying close to the plan. The plan is really the map. It helps everyone know how to reach the goal. Leaders must not deviate from the plan, or the goal is unreachable.
…insist on staying close to the Lord. Leaders know the true source of their strength is not in themselves, but the Lord.
Through a leader’s devotion to the Lord, the plan, and the people who follow, a foundation can be laid to great achievement.
The thought of being constant carries a number of significant ideas of importance to leadership. The word identifies the need for leaders to be persistent, consistent, faithful, steadfast, and unchanging.
Considering the infinite list of words that are connected to each of these ideas, we learn the depth of why leaders need to be constant.
When leaders are persistent, they are resolved, driven with purpose in their planning and approach to completing the task.
Leaders who are consistent represent stability that is dependable, which followers need to build confidence in their leaders.
A faithful leader demonstrates loyalty and devotion, a quality that strengthens the foundation for each of these ideas.
Steadfastness represents a leader who is firm and uncompromising, a benefit to all who are influenced by their example of leadership.
The unchanging characteristic of a leader provides an enduring, yet predictable follow-through to help with the growth and development of future leaders.
Obviously, more could be said about each of these, but the overall focus is defining the constant nature of leadership and how it looks within the perspective of followers.