A mandate for change is a mandate for smart. The world is ready for change – that much is clear. For leaders of all kinds, this moment presents a rare opportunity. Leaders should invest time and resources in building others to maximize their potential through mentorship. This is inline with why we are given ministry gifts as identified in Ephesians 4:12: “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” People are looking for real leaders to influence and mentor them. They may find them in their family, friends and teachers.
Leadership has been and continues to be, the most popular topic of discussion because it is always evolving and constantly changing. Many of the beliefs about leadership have changed recently due to the emergence of a global economy, fast paced changes in technology, and shifts in structure, strategy and culture. The main difference is in people relationships. A leader must set the example, set goals, inspire people, motivate, and be willing to be a change agent.
We must focus on people because building a strong team is very critical to the success of any organization. We must allow our people to become empowered so that they will be willing to take responsibility. This can be achieved by building trust. They need to trust you and see your values being exhibited in the things you do and say. This can be seen in your caring and empathy for your people.
In order to shape the future, leaders must be forward-thinkers who are able to envision a future state, set the direction, and then lead others toward that goal. The best example of a leader who exhibited this was Moses. He was given the task of leading God’s people into the Promise land. As we read Exodus 7-14, Moses releases his potential. This allowed Moses to forge a nation out of an undisciplined horde of mutually suspicious slaves who had forgotten their patriarchal past and lacked all sense of shared community. In Exodus 18:15-24 we see an excellent example of delegation and Moses learning an important lesson in management. The principle identified in these verses is that good leaders train people around them. They hand pick potential leaders, instruct them, and then empower them to do the job. When difficult situations arise, the key leader can act as a final arbiter. Through proper training and delegation, a leader can multiply his or her effectiveness and satisfy the needs of those who require personal attention.
As a leader you need to establish and maintain good, effective relationships with your ministry. Ministries need leaders who create a positive work environment where people are excited about the contribution they can make; are inspired to be actively engaged; understand exactly what is expected of them and they know the bar is set high. These leaders value diversity and foster inclusion. They model personal excellence, integrity and accountability.
Are you ready to act? Take time today to document your action plan to edify, build and inspire new leaders for the kingdom.
Submitted by Phyllis Dogan