We need leaders because they provide structure and vision.
How does one lead, provide structure and vision, and not exude power?
I really don’t have the answer, but I am chewing on the question. I’d like your input. Here are some things that come to mind:
1. Humility – A leader who provides focus and structure without going on a power trip needs to be firmly aware that the people they are leading are smart – probably smarter and more capable than we are.
2. Equipping – A good leader feels like they have to have the answers. However, the truth is that only God has the answers, and He puts us in groups to work together. The people God has put us with are part of the solution – our job isn’t so much to tell them what to do, as show them how to grow, work together, and make a difference.
3. Barrier removal – a big part of equipping is removing barriers – barriers between people so that people from different backgrounds can work together; barriers within a person’s mind so that they can become who God created them to be.
Leadership can be easy, and it seems that when it is easy, people are a bit crazy – they ‘drink the koolaid’ so to speak. God didn’t call us to crazy, He called us to service.
In service, we find the people who are ready to make a real difference, we remove barriers for them, equip them with the skills and connections they need, we listen to their dreams and help them figure out how those dreams fit with the visions and dreams of others. We show people how the visions God gives them work with others. We help them work together.
So how do we figure out where to point the arrow? If God is giving the dreams and visions, when we listen to the whole, we will find the connectors. As we listen, we learn, and eventually, we see.
Consider this – if an accident happens in an intersection, if you ask the lady standing on one of the corners, you will get a perfect recollection of what she saw…from her angle. However, if you really want to find out what happened, ask someone standing on each corner. As you hear their stories, you will find the commonalities – those are the facts.