Sunday, 18th September, 2018 [Induction of Groups Executives]
1 Peter 5:2-3
Hymn of meditation: PH 562
Commit your life and mission,
Into the hands of God;
Your heart and mind surrender,
Give all to God in Heav’n.
He who controls the weather,
Who winds and seas obey,
Will guide your steps and keep you,
And help you follow Him.
SOME DEFINITIONS OF LEADERSHIP
- Leadership is taking people to places they have never been before –Marie Kane
- Leadership is the process of influencing the activities of an organised group toward goal achievement –C.F. Rauch & O. Behling
- Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. –Peter Northouse
- A leader is one who selects, equips, trains, and influences one or more follower(s) who have diverse gifts, abilities and skills and focuses the follower(s) to the organisation’s mission and objective causing the follower(s) to willingly and enthusiastically expend spiritual, emotional and physical energy in a concerted coordinated effort to achieve the organisational mission and objective. –Bruce E. Winston and Kathleen Patterson
- Leadership is the discipline of deliberately exerting special influence within a group to move it toward goals of beneficial performance that fulfil the group’s real needs. –John Haggai
KEY THINGS from the definitions
- Influence – must be able to influence people to do things willingly and not under compulsion
- Achievement of specific goals.
So, the leader must;
- Know or have a vision of where the group is going
- Be ready to be there him/herself (not a sign board)
- Be able to influence others
CLASSICAL TYPES OF LEADERS
This leader accumulates power and uses it to manage and lead the organization. Employees typically must follow strict rules and procedures with little deviation.
This leader empowers employees to be creative, offers suggestions and opinions, and encourages subordinates to provide input on senior management decisions.
Loosely translated from the French, laissez-faire means “let them do as they will”. According to BusinessDictionary.com, these leaders discard authoritarian conventions, give minimal guidance to employees at all levels and leave subordinates alone to do their jobs as they see fit.
THE WORLD VIEW OF A LEADER
- Power and authority
- Has to be served
SOME LEADERSHIP STYLES IN THE BIBLE
- Transformational Leadership – Moses
- Charismatic Leadership – David
- Servant Leadership – Jesus
ANOTHER LEADERSHIP STYLE- shepherd leader
1 Peter 5:2-3
“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers — not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock”
- Shepherd (acknowledging that the people he/she is leading belongs to God)
- Serving as overseer (Heb. 13:17) – knowing that he/she will give account of all the people under their care)
- Willingness and eager to serve (Love the work and enjoy doing it and not as if it is a burden on you)
- Being an example (know that the followers are watching and learning from you. So, set the right example, be at programmes you expect them to be)
The shepherd of God’s flock must be…
- Full of the Holy Spirit and dependant on Him (Acts 6:3)
- Ready to serve and not to be served (Luke 22:23-27)
- Humble (Philippians 2:5-11)
- Bold and courageous (Joshua 1:6-7)
This is a true saying:
If a man is eager to be a church leader, he desires an excellent work.
1Timothy 3:19 (Good News)
A leader knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.
What kind of leader are you?