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Wednesday, July 18 2018

It is an amazing gift to be able to lead others.  When an individual is honored enough to have people submit to your leadership, it should be done with love as a default position.  As a leader, it is a fantastic feat to have people that follow you because they want to and not because they have to or receive a pay check.  It has been a blessing that I have been able to be a leader in secular employment and as a shepherd of a wonderful group of people that call me “pastor”.  

The groups of people that I have been privileged to lead has never been large, but I have learned how to best treat them.  First, I am not afraid to communicate and there are two sides to every story.  It is best to give people the “benefit of the doubt”.  If you are going to err, please err on the side of your people.  

It is sad that many people gain titles because of who they know or are related to, and not because they have an ounce of leadership ability.  Please never abuse your position. It is possible to learn to lead.  Sadly, people do not always learn to lead because of their position of entitlement. They learn to manage.  The head usher of the church with one other usher must learn to lead and love and protect that one person.  Paul said:

1 Corinthians 13:1-3
[1] Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. [2] And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. [3] And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor , and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

 

That one other person on the usher’s staff is not to do the head ushers bidding, but the head usher must lead by example.  The same principles apply if you are leading 3, 30 or 300.  

Leaders can be a blessing, but they can also curse or kill their people.  Yes, leaders make mistakes, but own them and move on.  Leaders can be transparent and vulnerable.   Do not try to manipulate a situation to make your self look good or to save face.  Lead from the front.  Leaders don’t play games.  

Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 12:47 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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