WHAT IS LEADERSHIP? (Part Two)

Blog: Max Dawson
June 5, 2017
There are a variety of misconceptions about what leadership is. Here are four myths about what constitutes leadership.
1. Intellect. While it is an advantage if leaders are intelligent, that quality by itself does not guarantee that a person can lead others. We have seen cases of those who are extremely bright who may have no common sense. They cannot lead.
2. Achievement. One of the greatest drivers in NASCAR is seven time champion Richard Petty. Yet, when he ran for Secretary of State in North Carolina, the people rejected him as leader. Achievement does not equal leadership.
3. Management Skills. Is a good manager always a good leader? In the corporate world a man may move from project manager to CEO–and fail. He may know materials, machines and methods, but have no people skills.
4. Position. This is the most common myth about leadership among Christians–that if a person has a position, that automatically makes him a leader. King Saul is a great example of someone who was given a position of leadership, yet could not successfully get others to follow him. In fact, on one occasion his own army rebelled against him because of a foolish decision he made ().
Sometimes men think, “If they would just make me an elder, then I would be a leader.” We do not appoint men to the eldership to make them leaders. We appoint them to the eldership because they are leaders.
If none of these things makes one a leader, then what does? Read on.
THE FINAL WORD
“Leadership is influence.” That’s the definition given by J.O. Sanders in his book Spiritual Leadership.
Since Sanders gave that definition, a variety of men in the field of leadership training have adopted that definition. The essence of leadership involves getting others to follow. That is what leadership is. If no one is following you or looking to you for direction and guidance, then you are not a leader of men.
Jesus Christ is the greatest leader of all time. He has influenced millions to follow Him in a way no other leader has ever done. He exercised leadership without money, guns, bombs or political parties. Leadership is influence.
Obviously, there are a lot of qualities found in one’s life that make him a person of influence. We will see some of those characteristics in the upcoming weeks.
Think about yourself today. Think about your circle of influence. What qualities are found in your life that enable you to positively influence those around you?
Blessings to you, my dear friends,
–Max


24 And the men of Israel had been hard pressed that day, so Saul had laid an oath on the people, saying, “Cursed be the man who eats food until it is evening and I am avenged on my enemies.” So none of the people had tasted food. 25 Now when all the people came to the forest, behold, there was honey on the ground. 26 And when the people entered the forest, behold, the honey was dropping, but no one put his hand to his mouth, for the people feared the oath. 27 But Jonathan had not heard his father charge the people with the oath, so he put out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it in the honeycomb and put his hand to his mouth, and his eyes became bright. 28 Then one of the people said, “Your father strictly charged the people with an oath, saying, ‘Cursed be the man who eats food this day.’” And the people were faint. 29 Then Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land. See how my eyes have become bright because I tasted a little of this honey. 30 How much better if the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies that they found. For now the defeat among the Philistines has not been great.”

31 They struck down the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. And the people were very faint. 32 The people pounced on the spoil and took sheep and oxen and calves and slaughtered them on the ground. And the people ate them with the blood. 33 Then they told Saul, “Behold, the people are sinning against the Lord by eating with the blood.” And he said, “You have dealt treacherously; roll a great stone to me here.” 34 And Saul said, “Disperse yourselves among the people and say to them, ‘Let every man bring his ox or his sheep and slaughter them here and eat, and do not sin against the Lord by eating with the blood.’” So every one of the people brought his ox with him that night and they slaughtered them there. 35 And Saul built an altar to the Lord; it was the first altar that he built to the Lord.

36 Then Saul said, “Let us go down after the Philistines by night and plunder them until the morning light; let us not leave a man of them.” And they said, “Do whatever seems good to you.” But the priest said, “Let us draw near to God here.” 37 And Saul inquired of God, “Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will you give them into the hand of Israel?” But he did not answer him that day. 38 And Saul said, “Come here, all you leaders of the people, and know and see how this sin has arisen today. 39 For as the Lord lives who saves Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die.” But there was not a man among all the people who answered him. 40 Then he said to all Israel, “You shall be on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side.” And the people said to Saul, “Do what seems good to you.” 41 Therefore Saul said, “O Lord God of Israel, why have you not answered your servant this day? If this guilt is in me or in Jonathan my son, O Lord, God of Israel, give Urim. But if this guilt is in your people Israel, give Thummim.” And Jonathan and Saul were taken, but the people escaped. 42 Then Saul said, “Cast the lot between me and my son Jonathan.” And Jonathan was taken.

43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.” And Jonathan told him, “I tasted a little honey with the tip of the staff that was in my hand. Here I am; I will die.” 44 And Saul said, “God do so to me and more also; you shall surely die, Jonathan.” 45 Then the people said to Saul, “Shall Jonathan die, who has worked this great salvation in Israel? Far from it! As the Lord lives, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground, for he has worked with God this day.” So the people ransomed Jonathan, so that he did not die. 46 Then Saul went up from pursuing the Philistines, and the Philistines went to their own place. (ESV)