Friday, July 10, 2009

Do You Know Some Good Leaders?

We start with the assumption that, God is the Leader of leaders. He or she that thinks is leading but there is no one following is merely taking a walk.

A leader is a self made, appointed or chosen person to lead others. The way he/she ascended to power matters, but the way he/she leads, matters most. A leader must not necessarily be appointed or voted because of experience in a post since we lead in different fields. For Christians, there is no professionalism in spiritual matters. The little position or the hardship you are experiencing today could be your apprentice shop unto leadership tomorrow. Qualities of a bad leader will be the opposite of those of a good leader.

Qualities of a good leader
Encourages participation (Ex 39 :43; I Chr 13 :1-4), follows up on assigned work (Neh 5:16), prepares for transition (Num 27:15-20; Deut 3:28; Jos 1:2; I Tim 2:9-15; Acts 4:23’; I Sam 22:2), leads as a team (Deut 1:9-13) and is opened to suggestions from subordinates (Deut 1:14 -18; I Chr. 12:1; Gal 2:6). A good leader accepts criticism (I Sam 10:26 -27), does not abuse authority (2 Sam 11:27), looks beyond appearances for character (2 Sam 15:6; Judges 4:4) and accepts responsibility (I Chr 21: 7; Is. 3:14). Furthermore, a good leader does not abandon his/her family (I Kings 1:6), serves the people as if he/she is serving God and not Self (I Kings 5-7; Jn 3; 30), is altruistic (I Kings 12:15 -19). A good leader leads by example and serves as a role model (Neh 3:1). Try to be a role model so that those under you would be obliged to emulate. Every good leader seeks wise counselors (Prov 11:14) and serves but is not served (Mt 20:27; Lk 22:24-26). If you have these qualities then you are a good leader.

Responsibility of the flock towards a good leader
Nonetheless, the governed too do have some responsibility towards their leader. They uplift him/her spiritually in their obedience and following (Ex 17:10-13; Neh 6:10-13; Heb 13:18-19), avoid making them demi-gods (Num 11:29), accept their leadership (I Kings 22:52-53; I Chr 10:11-12) and honor their leaders (I Thes 5:12 -13).

Consequences of falsely criticizing or accusing good leaders.
There are usually serious consequences when people disobey a good leader. The consequences from God are usually extremely harsh like the case of Miriam (Num 12:10), Korah and his followers (Num 16:31 -33), Michal (2 Sam 6:16 -23), Shimei (1 Kings 2:41 -46), little children mocking Elisha (2Kings 2:23 -24), Hananiah (Jer 28: 1-17) and Barjesus (Acts 13:6-12).

Nevertheless, I am not saying you cannot criticize a good leader but if you criticize or accuse them wrongly, you are inviting the wrath of God. That injunction “touch not my anointed” (I Chr.16:22) is very active today as it was yesterday.

Until then, he that thinks is leading but there is no one following is merely taking a walk.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk).
Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).

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