good leaders

“You don’t have to be a good leader to be a ‘good leader.’ “

A colleague made this statement to a group of leaders serving in twenty different countries. He got a big laugh.  He also got our attention.   “Be yourself!” he went on.  “Trust the Holy Spirit to lead you.  That is what makes you a good leader.”

He has a great point.  So many times, I can find myself wondering about whether I’m doing something the right way.  I can look at others who have such great strengths, who are able to do things that I cannot seem to do and wonder if I’m leading well.  Or sometimes, feeling inadequate, I can do research until I find something that gives me some confidence that I’m headed the right way.  Nothing against learning, but nothing and no one takes the place of hearing from the Lord and having the confidence that comes from ideas, words, or ways that He gives you.

If God has entrusted you with leading for His sake, the greatest need is to be following His lead. Proverbs 3:5 says,  “Lean not on your own understanding.”  That seems counter to what a lot of leadership books would tell you.  Somehow the leader is always pictured with the answer. And it’s easy to feel like you’re doing something wrong if you’re wondering what to do next.  Leaders are always at the frontier of their need.  You’re taking people places that they have not gone before.  Most of the time, you haven’t been there either.

God knows where He wants us to go.  We have to listen. We have to wait on Him.  He is the primary Direction Setter.  We cannot presume that we know, nor can we lean on our own experience.  I love it that Jesus did only what the Father showed Him to do, said only what He wanted Him to say.  Oh, that I would be that in tune with Him each day.

What are your thoughts on being a “good leader?”