“…in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let’s go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take.” 1 Samuel 9:6
Leadership transcends style and structure (Crowther, 2012). Since reputation clearly impacts leadership development, more needs to be done to ensure that leaders-in-training spend more time learning how to self-lead (character, integrity, honor, etc) than they do leading others (Maxwell, 2005). Leadership wisdom is developed through reflection (Wei and Yip, 2008). Therefore, Christian leaders must wrestle with the question, “Am I being sought out or avoided because of my reputation?” In organizations where leadership development may seem stalled, top leaders must begin the painstaking work of discovering their reputation amongst followers. Servant-leaders must listen, learn, and then lead. This type of introspection, evaluation, and change does not take place overnight (Wei and Yip, 2008). Thus, leaders must pay attention to their organizational climate (Wei and Yip, 2008). More importantly, if reputation has a powerful effect within a Christian organization, it stands to reason that reputation also greatly impacts those outside of the organization (non-believers). In fact, Scripture has much to say about the importance of setting a good example in word and deed (Matthew 5:16, 1 Peter 2:15, 1 John 3:18). If Samuel’s reputation was powerful enough to change history, imagine potential for leadership development that dwells within every Christian leader today! May it be said of the Church and every organization in which a Christian leader serves: “There are honorable men and women of God in this organization who are people of their word. Everything they say is true. Come, let us go to them, perhaps they will show us The Way” (1 Samuel 9:6; John 14:6;).
Crowther, S. (2012). Peter on leadership: A contemporary exegetical analysis. North Carolina: Steven Crowther.
Maxwell, J. C. (2005). The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence From Anywhere in the Organization. Tennessee: Thomas Nelson
Wei, R., & Yip, J. (2008). In focus/leadership wisdom—Some sage advice for leaders. Leadership In Action, 28(4), 18-22.
This blog was adapted from an assignment I submitted to Regent University