Leadership learned from a carpenter

I never envisioned myself being a leader, it wasn’t something in the cards for me. Not having responsibility was what I cherished my plan was to work for myself, by myself. This way I would be able to avoid any conflict, headaches and stress because of someone else. All the reasons I hated having a 9-5 job and why I had no other choice but to be my own boss.

Over the last year something change that set a fire in my gut. I went from being a lazy internet marketer to someone who’s responsible for making sure 7 families are fed. The problem was, even though I had this great desire to be the leader, I had no idea how to be a successful one.

First I needed to know what leadership was and this definition jumped right out at me – “Leadership is what gives an organization its vision and its ability to translate that vision into reality”. I then was able to break that down into four basic components: a leader, a group, a goal, and a method to get to the goal. This is when I turned to my faith.

The Bible teaches us in the book of Genesis these basic leadership components in action. After He created the heavens and earth, God proposed, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping things that creeps on the earth. God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea…’” (Genesis 1:26-27).

There is a Leader (God), a group (man), a goal (procreation), and a method (people maintaining earth).

There is action, communication, vision, purpose, planning, problem solving, and delegation. This is a common theme throughout the bible. I could go on and on over every bit and piece of leadership I’ve learned but the one that stands out the most to me is this. Jesus taught the “Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). As you and I walk through life, we actively spread God’s values through our good example, by being the servant to God’s creation. Jesus called that being salt of the earth, and the light of the world.

I have a long way to go before anyone can call me a successful leader but I’m standing on the foundation of a rock with a manual in my hand that will not fail me.

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