Can I tell you a secret? Leadership is hard. Let me take that back, Leading well is difficult.
Many of us desire to be in a position of influence but don’t quite understand the weight that carries. To lead well, one must possess wisdom.
Solomon realized this and gave each of us an example of how to pray as we step into leadership:
“Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”” II Chronicles 1:10 NKJV
As leaders we need wisdom. We need to be able to consider past events while focusing on the present and plan for the future. We need moral character. We need to be able to speak a word of comfort but confront unbelief.
As leaders we need knowledge. We must consider facts while walking in faith. We must research and be willing to ask questions. We must listen to advisors while hearing the voice of God.
As leaders we must come in and go before the people we lead. We must do life with those we lead. Leadership requires transparency. We must be willing to fellowship with those we lead, hear and respond to their concerns while continuing to pursue the vision God has given us.
As leaders we must recognize the people we lead are God’s people. Great leadership require a great love for the people we lead. It requires we develop those we lead into great leaders. It requires us not be intimidated by the gifts in others but cultivate, promote, and encourage the gifts in others.
Friends, if you feel as if God has called you into leadership, I implore you to appreciate the journey. Learn the lessons God is teaching you in the journey. The old adage, “given too much too soon” is real. In your wait, pray with me:
“Lord grant me wisdom and knowledge. Let me walk in transparency. Give me a great love for people. Amen.”