Posted by: sailingspirit | October 31, 2012

To Become a Leader, Follow a Leader

I’ve heard it said many times that in order to become a good leader, you have to first become a good follower.  There is definitely some good truth to that.  A period of followership is necessary to understand the impact that is felt from what leaders do.  To understand relevance and develop compassion.  To learn, at the very least, what not to do.  But I think Christians have a tendency to take that approach too far, inadvertently truncating their leadership development before they learn how to make an impact.  Before they actually attain any real leadership skills.  For you see, the best way to become a good leader is to apprentice a leader: learn to perceive like, think like, and act like a leader.  If people only ever sit on the floor at the feet of leaders, practicing the role of a slave, they will never be properly equipped to sit on the throne.  They will only know how to think like slaves.  How can you put a slave on the throne and expect him to suddenly think like a leader?  He is simply a slave on a velvet seat.  What Christians called to leadership need to realize is that after their slave season comes an apprenticeship season, which is not only possible but right and good to expect.  Do not fear it to be a season of egotistically usurping the Leader; Phillipians 2:6  says “Jesus…thought it not robbery to be equal with God.”  Being equal with does not necessarily make the Other any less, because equality can be made by raising oneself up or by pulling the other down.  I am speaking of the former, as recorded in Ephesians 2:6 “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.”  This is but another intermediate step in the process of development.  To sit on the Throne next to Him–IN Him–learning to see what He sees, think what He thinks, and speak as He speaks.  It’s like “Take Your Child To Work Day.”  There is nothing wrong with this.  When you have picked up on the patterns and reasonings well, He will tell you that you are ready.  And My, My, You are just the spitting image of your Papa!Master Max Darewski (1904)

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