In the last two weeks I have engaged the subject of leadership from a variety of perspectives in a variety of academic and ministerial forums. Here are a few thoughts that jumped out to me:
– Leadership is fundamentally ontological. It is not so much about what you do as it is about who you are. Furthermore, who you are, not what you know, will determine how you respond to crisis, victory, and peace.
– Our goal is not to act like leaders, it is to become leaders.
– For example, Jesus did not wash feet because He discovered some new leadership principle. He served because that is who He is!
– Many churches and Christian organizations take the mistaken approach of looking for attractive but insufficient outward qualities to identify spiritual leadership. We need to purge the church of strong natural leadership and unleash spiritual (charis) leaders.