Scripture Passage: John 3:28
An Authentic Leader Knows Who He is
John, the Baptist said, “ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.” These are the words of a man who clearly knows who he is.
The lesson here is this; an authentic leader knows who he is. He is not guessing and neither is he trying to be a copy of some other person. He knows his place and he stays there and strives to be the best version of himself that he can be. His competition is never with others but with himself to ensure that at each time he is breaking his own records. Are you an authentic leader? Do you know who you are? Do you celebrate who you are? And do you strive for continual improvement? Authentic leaders do.
Prayer: Father, help me to know who I am.
Scripture Passage: John 2:24-25
A Good Leader Knows His Followers
The Bible says concerning Jesus, “But Jesus…..knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.” Another translation says, “But Jesus…..knew them all. There was no need for anyone to tell him about them, because he himself knew what was in their hearts.” As a leader, Jesus had an in-depth knowledge of His followers and required no further information.
The lesson here is this; a good leader knows his followers. He takes time to study them and know their strengths as well as their weaknesses. As a result, he knows their abilities and potentials. And he is able to place people where their talents will be properly utilised and developed. Managers make do with square pegs in round holes in order to get the job done. But a true leader takes the time and effort to know his square pegs and place them exactly where they belong, in square holes.
Prayer: Father, help me to study those I lead.
Scripture Passage: Luke 22:35-38
Good Leaders Prepare Their People for Change
On the night that Jesus was arrested, He had the following conversation with His disciples. “When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye anything? And they said, nothing. Then said he unto them, but now he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip; and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.” Things would be different after Jesus left and He tried to prepare His followers for this reality.
The lesson here is this; good leaders prepare their people for change. Nothing stays the same for ever. At some point in the pursuit of vision, things are bound to change. It is the leader’s duty to foresee any changes that may lie ahead and prepare his followers for the same. Change is not necessarily a bad thing, but when people are unprepared for it, it can become dreadful.
Prayer: Father, help me to embrace change and prepare those I lead to do same.
Scripture Passage: Luke 22:31-32
Leaders Are Also Intercessors
Jesus said to Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.” Jesus, the greatest leader that ever walked the face of the earth, prayed for those He led.
The lesson here is this; leaders are also intercessors. It has been said that prayer changes things and great leaders recognise this truth. Peter was the disciple chosen to receive the baton from Jesus and Peter would have failed woefully but Jesus prayed for him. As a result of the prayer of Jesus, Peter was able to pick up the baton handed to him by his master and run with it successfully. Today, Jesus has over two billion followers because Peter didn’t fail. And Peter didn’t fail because Jesus prayed for him. Are you praying for those you lead? Remember, the leader who cares, prays.
Prayer: Father, help me to intercede for those I lead.
Scripture Passage: Matthew 12:22-26
Wise Leaders Recognise the Tremendous Power in Unity
Once, the Pharisees accused Jesus of having a devil. Jesus in turn used this opportunity to teach a powerful leadership lesson. The Bible say, “And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” The popular saying, “united we stand, divided we fall,” comes to mind.
The lesson here is this; wise leaders recognise the tremendous power in unity. For this reason, a wise leader works hard to develop and maintain harmony amongst members of his team. People are able to achieve more when they work as a team than when they work individually. Leadership guru, John Maxwell, has said that one is too small of a number to achieve significance. However, if they are not united, they may as well be alone. The vision to build the tower of Babel could not be stopped until disunity crept in.
Prayer: Father, help me to live in harmony with myself and others.
Scripture Passage: Luke 7:33-34
Whatever the Leader Does He Will Be Criticised
Jesus said, “For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!” Jesus and John the Baptist were prominent leaders with different lifestyles. But the people were displeased with both of them and faulted their lifestyles.
The lesson here is this; whatever the leader does he will be criticised. Criticism is without any doubt the daily companion of the leader. All leaders have had their fair share of criticism from their followers and from those who were threatened by their vision. According to Albert Einstein, “Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds.” It is foolishness to assume that you can please everybody every time. Bear in mind that no matter how popular you become, someone somewhere reserves the right to be unimpressed.
Prayer: Father, help me not to be distracted by critics.
Scripture Passage: Luke 6:27-29
The Leader Who Desires to Make Progress Must Learn to Forgive
Jesus taught saying, “But I say unto you which hear, love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also…” This entire teaching can be summarised this way, “forgive all.”
The lesson here is this; the leader who desires to make progress must learn to forgive. Forgiveness births peace. Where there is peace, there is progress and where there is chaos there is anything but progress. No one advances looking back and he who seeks to keep another down must remain down. Therefore, if a leader will fulfil his vision, he must be ready to forgive offences, because a desire to retaliate will break his focus and ultimately destroy his vision. Forgiveness is key to successful leadership.
Prayer: Father, help me to forgive.
Scripture Passage: Luke 5:1-7
Leaders Proffer Solutions to Problems
On the night that Jesus met Peter, the latter was having a difficult time. He had been fishing all night and had taken nothing. Then Jesus stepped into his boat and said, “launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” Peter was initially hesitant, but once he obeyed, he realised that the instruction from Jesus was the solution to his predicament. He did not only get fish but it was so much that he had to ask his fellow fishermen for help. The entrance of Jesus into his boat became the solution to his crisis.
The lesson here is this; leaders proffer solutions to problems. They constantly seek ways to make life better for others. This quality sets them apart and places them in a class of their own. Followers spend precious time worrying over problems, but leaders spend time thinking of the way out. Therefore, leaders are able to produce answers.
Prayer: Father, help me to worry less and think more.
Scripture Passage: Luke 2:41-47
Leaders Are Learners
At the age of twelve, Jesus already knew who He was and why He was on earth. On one occasion, He was discovered in the temple sitting with the religious leaders of that time. He knew He was the saviour of the world but He was not in the temple to teach those present. Rather, the Bible says that He was hearing them and asking them questions. Simply put, Jesus, the greatest leader that ever walked the face of the earth, was learning.
The lesson here is this; leaders are learners. And they learn by listening to others and asking questions. Those who never allow others speak and those who never ask questions, miss the opportunity to learn what they do not know. Never assume you know anything. Allow others to speak and hear them out so that you can learn what they already know. Ask questions so that you may receive answers and by so doing increase your knowledge.
Prayer: Father, help me to listen more, talk less and ask more questions.
Scripture Passage: Luke 1:5-14; 57-63
The Leader Who is Silent Will Have Another Speak for Him
Zacharias’ vision was that a son would be born to him and that son would be named John. However, when the time came to name the child, Zacharias was silent, having lost his ability to speak. Those who were present immediately spoke for him. The Bible says, “And they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.”
The lesson here is this; the leader who is silent will have another speak for him. And this can be dangerous as the one speaking for the leader may not necessarily be speaking the mind of the leader. Those who called the child Zacharias were not speaking the mind of Zacharias. But because he was silent they spoke anyway. The leader must speak up for himself at all times. And if he does require a spokesperson, it is his responsibility to ensure that the spokesperson knows and speaks his mind.
Prayer: Father, help me to convey my thoughts with boldness and clarity.