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I Am A Leader

Posted by Thom Rainer

On his web site-April 11, 2012

I am a leader.

My first and foremost priority is to do what is right. I have an obligation to my God and to those whom I lead to do the right things first. I cannot put my own career or my own future before those decisions that are clearly God’s plan.

I am a leader.

Those who serve under my leadership are people, real people with real lives. They are not numbers or means to an end. I will thus treat them with dignity. I will seek to do what’s best for them and the place I lead. I will care for them with compassion. I will pray for them regularly. And when I have to make a tough decision that impacts one or more of them, I will do so with care, conviction, and compassion.

I am a leader.

God has placed me in this place of leadership for His purpose and His will. I will treat my leadership as an invaluable stewardship given to me for a season. I will not take it lightly, but seriously and with utmost care. I have been given this leadership but for a brief while. I will see every day as an opportunity to be the best steward I can be.

I am a leader.

I will lead with clarity and conviction. Those who serve under my leadership need to know the direction we are moving. They need to know why we are moving in that direction. They do not need embellished or sugarcoated discourses. They have a right and deserve to know about this place I lead. They are as much a part of it as I am.

I am a leader.

I will seek to be a better leader every day. I will be open to constructive criticism and suggestions for realignment. I will never think I always have the answers or the best answers. I will acknowledge my fallibility and failures. I will seek to be transparent and open. I will take responsibility for my actions and missteps. I will be accountable to those whom God has placed over my authority. I will grasp fully every day that, in God’s strength, I can do better and do more for this place I lead.

I am a leader.

Good leadership requires courage. I will thus pray that God gives me His wisdom and His courage every day. I will make the tough decisions, even if they are not popular decisions. I will seek always to be aware that, ultimately, I should please Him and follow His will.

I am a leader.

But I have not been given this leadership responsibility to lord over others. To the contrary, I have been called to be a servant to those I lead. I have been called to a life not of pride, but humility. Indeed, I must never forget the leadership of the One who gave His life for me. He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even to death on a cross.

I am a leader.

The greatest goal I can have is to lead like Jesus. I will never be close to His example, but I can always seek to be closer.  Those whom serve under my leadership deserve that I lead like that. Indeed, the only true measure of my success as a leader is that I lead like that.

Then, and only then, can I say with confidence, “I have not led in vain.”



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