Leadership is Not a Position

Leadership is not a position.

People follow people, not positions. They respect people whom they trust.

They tag along with people in whom they believe in. They follow people who have demonstrated they deserve to be followed.

Using Jesus as a prime example, the magnitude of people followed Him even though He was a Nazarene and a carpenter by trade.

“When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law”

Matthew 7:28-29

Jesus wasn’t even in a position of leadership. He was not even part of the Jewish hierarchy of the teachers of the law, but yet this Man commanded the respect and the following of people.

Leaders puts others first

Being committed to His Body over the years, I have also learnt much about leadership. This time, I understoodd that the true essence of leadership is about “washing other people’s feet” or to serve others.

This lifestyle of service though easy to talk about, is not an easy way of life to live. This is so because it demands a total surrender of one’s rights by putting the interest of others first.

Having said that, to lead and to serve others should not be carried out because of a title like pastor, shepherd, cell leader, deacon or bishop. It should be birthed out of an identity as a child and servant of God.

Leaders walk the talk

Leadership is not a position. A leader is a leader not because of a title. Leadership is something that is earn from people on a day to day basis.

Examples of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi reflected this. They led with the “walk the talk” formula. Hence, they did not need position or title to lead.

It is what is inside a man that truly makes him a leader- His character or moral excellence, competence and intelligence.

No one will ever acknowledge a person as a “leader” till they have earn it.


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