Leaders Are Everyday People. God wants to use any and everybody to lead and influence people. We all have the capacity and opportunity to lead everywhere and every day. For us Christians, leadership is love and sacrifice. We are constantly influencing people positively or negatively in our day-to-day activities, so we must be very intentional in our leadership journey. We are the light of the world and we have to shine our lights for others to follow. Wherever you are in life, you are leading and you have to be conscious of that.
No matter how small you think your role is, if you don’t do it well, it will affect others; your role is very critical. When you have whitlow on a finger, it doesn’t matter how small that finger is, your entire body is put off balance because of it. There are two dimensions to leadership: character and competence, and we all have the capacity for both. When we develop these traits, our lives and perspectives change and we start to see people not just how they are but how they can be. To what extent are we able to develop our leadership capacity? (Psalm 78:70-72NLT)
God singled out David from tending his father’s flock to lead His people because God saw His character. You might think what you are doing is insignificant but God sees you and He can single you out for greatness. To develop our leadership abilities we need to pay attention to our character and our competence. God has deposited the capacity to lead in each and everyone of us. In our journey of influence and leadership, self-leadership is key. The most important person that you need to lead is yourself, when you can do that then you can lead others.
How can we grow in our leadership?
- By building our integrity and our character
- Build skills and competence
- Develop courage
- Love people and see them as an extension of God
- Learn to forgive
An excerpt from the sermon by Pastor Seun Ladokun on Wednesday, November 15, 2023
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