“What you permit, you promote. What you allow, you encourage. What you condone, you own. What you tolerate, you deserve.” – Michelle Malkin
Congratulations, leader. You have signed up for a journey of a lifetime called leadership. The ride will consist of ups and downs, pressure and releases, anger and joy, and countless other emotions.
At the same time, there will be various degrees you will achieve without the fanfare of graduation. I call it the School of the Spirit, basing it from scriptures John 14:26, Nehemiah 9:20, and 1 John 2:27. God does not waste anything. We begin our leadership journey by accepting Christ and His will for our lives. These verses inform us of the Holy Spirit, and His anointing teaches us all things. It is a long and arduous education that lasts a lifetime. Everything is hands-on, and nothing squandered. Everything is for our benefit.
I sum up servant leadership like the game of Follow the Leader. Follow the leader is a children’s game and disciplinarian tool used by adults to keep kids in order. A leader or “head of the line” is chosen. The rest of the children then all line up behind the leader. The leader then proceeds, and all the children have to simulate the leader’s actions.
In the game, players have to follow or do what the leader does. Any players who fail are out of the game. When only one person other than the leader remains, that player becomes the leader. The game begins again, with all players joining the line once again.
Used by adults, the child leader is chosen and acts as a guide. The kids in the line behind follow the leader where they are to go. This system is to keep order to ensure all kids arrive at the desired destination by the adult. Yet, the adult is the ultimate leader knowing the final destination.
Servant leadership, like the game, follow the leader, is similar. The ultimate guide for both leaders and followers, rising servant leaders themselves, is God himself. Chosen leaders guide others where all eventually arrive at the final destination, Father God himself has chosen for his servants.
Being the leader in the game of servant leadership is powerfully influential. All eyes are upon the leader. The leader must lead with thoughts of high character, trust, ethical decisions, and forethought, knowing a leader’s action will be repeated by those who follow. Thus, a servant leader shall lead with the thoughts of Paul’s leadership philosophies to his apprentice, Timothy, in 1 Timothy 4:12, “set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
As a servant leader who understands leadership is similar to the game of following the leader, everything ascends and descends upon their leadership. One’s influence will continuously be the example others will follow.
As a pastor and leader, people first see how I conduct my life daily and how I lead my family. Social media is the platform others use to view a leader’s life. Social media is today’s glasshouse for leaders, yet, social media is a powerful tool. One must lead while using social media with great discipline and accountability. Regarding accountability, a leader must be prudent in guiding his employees and others who work closely with him.
The game of following the leader continues in board rooms, offices, and staff members. Accountability is a powerful platform in leading with integrity. A leader should begin to provide the necessary answers before they asked. Being an example in all matters allows the leader to ultimately win the leadership game and win with those he works hand in hand.
One should always lead with the desire that one day and an account will be taken with our Heavenly Father, the ultimate leader. The game will finally conclude, and when one wins, a crown will be awarded, and the most important words a leader desires should be uttered, “Well, done, my good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:23).”
5 Important Notes to You as a Leader as you Lead other in Follow the Leader:
- People will emulate you no matter if you like it or not. You are the leader. All eyes are on you.
- What you do in moderation will be done in excess by those who are following you.
- Remember, as a leader, we will be judged harder by God.
- If you don’t think people are looking, you are deceiving your self.
- To win the game of Follow the Leader, be a leader who walks in high integrity and honesty.