What’s the big deal about being a LEADER…anyway? Is it money; ego; commitment; control; competition; personal satisfaction? Can one not find those same senses of satisfaction without being a LEADER?
Sure…a very successful Salesman, for an example, can satisfy all of those same needs without ever leading anyone… EXCEPT being the LEADER in sales volume, and being “the BEST Salesman.” I know many Salesmen who are at “The Top” in their field…often making more money than the “owners” or senior management. Would it not make more sense to be “just in charge” of your customer base…then being responsible for all the salesmen (and therefore …all the customers)? You would have a whole lot “less headaches” then the BIG BOSS… the LEADER.
I remember many years ago, where an IBM technician was a “senior technician” in his territory, and aspired to be the VP of Field Services, and eventually achieved his goal. He lasted in his new assignment for about two years, and asked to be re-assigned to his old position. Fortunately… that was possible; but generally… that would not be permitted. He could not adapt to the heavy responsibilities of his new leadership role.
Even an Assistant Church Pastor, is very often happy remaining in the Lower Slot, giving less responsibility… less headaches…less hours (maybe), and normally…. Less money. But, often times, the salaries of some of these larger Churches pay very handsome to the ministerial staff.
The FACT is, we ALL can be LEADERS. We can do this by being the “very best” at what we do. Others will look up to us…to emulate, to follow our style, our methodology and hopefully… our moral standards of practice. We can be in high demand, because we’re the BEST.
We can be the “family leader;” the best in our career field; the best in our chosen sport (maybe weekend golf); the un-official social leader in our social group; a boy-scout-leader; and of course… a Church Leader. We all can be LEADERS.
I offer myself as a LEADing example. In my “bible-study-group”…. I’m “not viewed” as THE LEADER, but I believe that “I am viewed as A LEADER.” I’m the OLDEST, the GREYEST, the most OUTSPOKEN, the most UN-PREDICTABLE, and the most EXPERIENCED…plus, I probably have the BIGEST EGO, and as one member put it…the SMUGGEST. I feel very responsible for what I say, because I KNOW that they’re LISTENING… and, I want to have a POSITIVE INFLUENCE on them.
God expects us to be the BEST at what we do… as He has ‘plans for us.’ Jeremiah 29:11– For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
The Bottom line: We can all be leaders…we only have to “follow the Lord God, Jesus Christ.” …Blessings…cjlb…..6/20/16