November 15, 2013
Not all leaders can lead like Gandhi, Lincoln, Churchill, or Jesus. Surprisingly, Jesus described himself as a follower.
He said things like:
- I do not seek my own will but the will of the Father.
- I have not spoken of my own authority.
You can’t lead if you don’t follow.
Authority is derived from following a vision that attracts followers. Vision is more important than character. Hitler was a leader.
I’m not encouraging you to be a low-character leader. But people with low character can lead if they articulate compelling vision. In other words,
Liars can lead, at least for awhile. But,
you can’t lead without a vision.
Others see where leaders are going and choose to follow.
Regardless of what you think of Jesus, he thought of himself as a leader. He said things like…
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