Giving Leadership Away?
Continuing our Establishing Our Leadership series, I’ll explain today about giving leadership away. The Lord Jesus Christ said in John 12:24 (NIV):
“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”
Although He was directly speaking of His resurrection, we can also glean a very important leadership principle about giving leadership away. In one word, we call it delegation.
We began this series with the encouragement to church leaders to hold closely to the vision since it will be challenged. When we practice giving leadership away, we must do so carefully and to the right people, those who aren’t overly impressed with you, who aren’t necessarily “yes-men” or “yes-women” and who understand and support your vision.
The lesson we need to learn today is:
At best, your vision will become diluted or ambiguous. At worst, it will be hijacked and commandeered by someone else.
It’s very hard to remove leaders. Giving leadership away too soon sets you up to fail, or at least forces you to fight up hill battles unnecessarily. Giving leadership away is a noble and humble responsibility. J. Oswald Sanders, in his inimitable bulwark, spiritual leadership, said,
“True greatness, true leadership, is found in in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing or inducing others to serve you.”
Giving leadership away is a critical function of a leader if our family, business, church or ministry is going to thrive and experience fruitful longevity. We would be wise to start businesses, churches, or ministries ONLY after you have the right people in place. Don’t give leadership away too soon. Be cautious and wise to delegate to those you trust and are trustworthy in support of that vision.
Next time, We will discuss the importance of being slow to put together your leadership structure. I missed this in my first church plant, and it was a detriment to my leadership.
Hey, we learn a lot through failure, don’t we?