I spoke to a guy this week who told me he wanted to lead. Though his heart was not in the wrong place, I warned him that a lot of leadership is not found in a title or position.
While I appreciate how John Maxwell defined leadership as ‘influence’, Jesus defined it differently.
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. (Mark 10:42-44)
Leadership is serving.
This I saw yesterday during our Metro Manila Staff Meeting. Jam, who is a phenomenal worship leader led us into the presence of God. He’s the one in the middle of the picture in a white shirt. While this was happening, I was watching Pastor Joel Barrios (on the far right in red). He used to be in the frontlines and the one in the middle. Yet as he has raised so many worship leaders, he has deliberately stepped aside to let others take the lead.
We’ve seen too many insecure leaders today try to stay in the ‘spotlight’ as long as they can. This is not the case with Joel Barrios – a man who knows how to lead… He leads by serving.
God help me to be like him – a secure leader who loves serve and knows when to step aside.