I’d guess that more books have been written about leadership than almost any topic (if not, close), which shows just how important leadership is to our society. I have regular time with a few friends where we talk about leadership – expressed in different contexts, but leadership is the core of the discussion. I’ve been a leader (involved in leadership roles) since high school where I served as our National Honor Society’s President my senior year.
When I look back at that experience and compare it to the roles I’m engaged in today, a vast difference is readily evident, but a few similarities exist as well. Back then, it had some to do with status (yes I know it was a club for nerds), but I distinctly remember implementing a new way to conduct our meetings. I desired to increase the effectiveness of our time together and therefore organized our people into comities with an officer giving oversight to each. It was new, fresh, risky…and it worked and I felt really good about the gamble paying off.
That illustrates a trait common to many books on leadership: high tolerance for risk. This trait is important; however, it is WAY down on the list in my estimation today. So, what is the list, you may ask. I’d like to take several posts to look at a few of them, but start here with something that will help put them all into perspective.
Andy Stanley has been a teacher via podcasts and recorded Catalyst messages. The one thing that he stresses is that leadership is given by God and is therefore temporary. “Leadership is a stewardship. It is temporary and I’m accountable. The sovereign God is the ruler of all the kingdoms of men. He gives them to who He wishes.” He states that if that one single thought were to settle into our hearts, our leadership would be different. Why is that? No…really, I’m asking – post your thoughts on this whether you agree or disagree.