February 21, 2005
And I said: “I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandment, please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant…”
Leadership begins with servanthood. The greatest leader in the history of the world is Jesus Christ, and He led through service. And by His example every leader can learn how to lead.
Through the years, I’ve read many books and heard many discussions about leadership. Questions we ask: Are leaders born or are they made? Do you discover leadership or do you develop leadership? I have stacks of books in my study on the subject of leadership and what characterizes this type of person—like character, integrity, capability, credibility, enthusiasm, vision, and persistency.
But so often, I think the primary quality of leadership, is missing from these books and discussions. And that is love and compassion.
It’s been said over and over: People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. And if a leader cares and is genuinely interested in sharing hope and encouragement with people, then that person can be used of God in great ways.
Nehemiah was a man who learned how to lead from his heart. He exposed his problems, accepted responsibility, led in a servant-like manner, and followed the will and commands of God. As believers, we are to be servants of God even in our positions of authority.
Pray that God would open your heart and mind as you serve others. Make it your goal to practice being a servant-hearted leader.
IF YOU WANT TO BE A LEADER, BE A SERVANT
…BECAUSE THE WAY UP IS DOWN.