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What a Great Leader Never Does

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The other day, my son and his friends were talking about the presidential candidates. One of his friends said, “If you look past all the bad things Obama has done, he’s really a great leader.” Interesting line of thought.

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Good leadership is critical to the well-being of all people. Right now I see a vacuum of good leadership in our culture.

Our government is no exception. When Obamacare was forced through, I was pretty appalled when those in Congress exempted themselves from having to utilize Obamacare personally. This was poor leadership at its finest.

So what are the qualities that make a person a good leader?

In this miniseries, I’ll be sharing some thoughts on leadership. While I don’t consider myself an expert on the topic, there are some things I’ve learned from experience, from a leadership curriculum I developed, and from the damage inflicted on my family as a result of poor leadership in the church.

My thoughts will relate mostly to leadership in the church but the principles are relevant to all areas of life – including home and family.

Thoughts on Leadership #1

A good leader never asks his/her people to do something he/she wouldn’t be willing to do himself/herself.

Many years ago, I knew a guy who was a manager for a water main contractor. One day, at a tough job, the situation became dangerous. He cleared his crew out of the ditch and got down in it himself to resolve the problem. I asked why he didn’t have his crew do the work instead. Wasn’t he the manager? He told me something I’ll never forget.

He said, “I never ask my crew to do something I wouldn’t do myself.”

This says a lot about his attitude and how he views himself in relation to his employees.

Christ gives us a good example of this. All things were created by him and for him. He is before all things and in him all things hold together. In everything he has supremacy. (Colossians 1:15-20) He could easily have stayed in his ivory tower but he didn’t.

Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. (Philippians 2:6-8)

Jesus got down in our dirt with us. He never asked us to do anything he hadn’t done himself.

  • Love one another.
  1. As I have loved you, so you must love one another . . .” John 13:34
  • Resist temptation.
  1. He sympathizes with our struggles because he was tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he never sinned. (Hebrews 4:15)]
  • Forgive and “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)
  1. While he hung on the cross in agony, he cried out, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Matthew 23:34) Not one of them had even apologized.

A leader like this earns respect and loyalty from the people he leads.

The apostle Paul taught us to follow Christ’s example:

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. (Phiippians 2:3-4)

Thanks for sharing your time with me today. I love it when you’re here! Come back soon. I’ll have the coffee brewing and the porch light on for you.


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