Here’s a funny thing about leadership: You have to keep reminding yourself that it is worth it, and what good leadership looks like so those elements don’t slip through your hands as push-back, challenge, feelings of inferiority and other adversity pull your fingers apart…
2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 3 Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.
I love it when leaders share scripture with me that points us to a higher standard of conduct and care and example for others in the way we lead. That happened to me this morning, speaking with a colleague who keeps coming back to this passage to remind herself why she is doing what she is doing.
That’s one of the funny things about leadership: You actually have to keep reminding yourself that it is worth it, and what good leadership looks like. Those elements continue to slip through our hands like sand as the push back and the challenge and the feelings of inferiority and other adversity pull our fingers apart.
Why? Because God has entrusted to you to care for people. Yup, this was written to elders in the church, yet it applies so well to leaders in other capacities. We should view our teams as flocks entrusted to us as shepherds. And remember, shepherds lay down their lives for their sheep.
How? Willingly, with eagerness to serve God with your leadership. You might think you are serving people or even serving the company whose name is over the door. At the root of great leadership, however, we serve God eagerly. Leadership is a stewardship from God.
To what end? Consider that our examples of leadership are on public display for all to see and feel and for people to follow. Do people feel the brunt of your leadership as you lord it over them, or do they get excited by the example of leadership you model? If people want to follow your lead, you are leaving a leadership legacy.
I’m excited for my colleague. She leads for the right reasons with the right approach to serve the mighty God who has granted us the privilege to honour and glorify him.