Google the word Leadership and it will produce a myriad of descriptions. Say the word Leadership and it will produce a number of different feelings, thoughts and definitions.
Confidence - Pharaoh was confident. A bit too confident. It got him killed.
Vision - Hitler had as clear a vision as anyone. Didn’t end well for him either.
Influence - Bernie Madoff has influence. Landed him in prison for the rest of his life.
Drive - Michael Jordan had drive and he also had zero friends along the way.
Innovative - Steve Jobs was the most innovative of our time and left behind him a wake of broken relationships.
So what is at the beginning, the end and at the center of leadership?
The apostle Paul talks about this in 1 Corinthians. In Chapter 12 & 14 he talks about bringing the different parts of the body of Christ and the different gifts that make up the Church to work towards the unity of the fullness of Christ. He’s talking about Leadership.
And for some reason we are suppose to believe that in between there Paul took a detour to write chapter 13 so we’d have something for our aunt to read at our wedding. No. Paul ends chapter 12 with the words “And yet I will show you the most excellent way.” And then we have the “Love Chapter”.
Perry Noble, in his latest book, The Most Excellent Way To Lead asks the question What if 1 Corinthians 13 is meant to challenge us in our leadership? Try it...
“Leadership is patient, Leadership is kind. Leadership does not envy, Leadership does not boast, Leadership is not proud. Leadership does not dishonor others, Leadership is not self-seeking, Leadership is not easily angered, Leadership keeps no record of wrongs. Leadership does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Leadership always protects, Leadership always trusts, Leadership always hopes, Leadership always perseveres.
How well does your leadership fit the description above?
I’m not saying that leadership is more important than love but rather leadership is fueled by love. @@Leadership is not the answer to love. Love is the answer to leadership.@@