There was once a song entitled The Great Pretender by Freddie Mercury. This was a love song, but the title is meaningful in regard to leadership. The past few days, I have been attending some training sessions on Pastoral Ministry led by some very influential leaders in the movement I am involved in. One thing I learned, that was not even being instructed on, was true leadership, not pretend leadership. Today, I want to share a few of the observations I made from them.
A True Leader Has DONE It.
They do not just talk about leading, they have actually led. They led others to Christ, as they are ministers of the Gospel of Jesus. They have developed others along the way. They are mentors, teachers, influencers, men who acted. In short, they did far more than blog about it, tweet about it, or update their status on Facebook. They went out, and did it. Then let others tell about it through their lives.
A True Leader Is Still DOING It.
These men are now in their 70′s and 80′s and one thing I noted is that they are still actively leading and finding others to pour into. I observed as they sat around a table for lunch with a group of young men and women under the age of 30 and spoke of the need to pass on knowledge and wisdom, to answer questions, and to provide opportunities. I recalled that is was not so long ago that I was part of such a group or receivers and my passion was again rekindled to become one of the imparters. There are days when I have doubts that I am reaching anyone. These men reminded me that, sometimes, the influence you are having is not readily known. It takes time, but they do not quit! They keep doing what they’ve done, lead.
Short Blurbs I Learned
They are real men.
They are approachable.
They desire to share and want others who desire to learn.
They have weaknesses.
They’ve had failures.
They’ve had successes.
They did not count each one as it happened.
They want connections.
They seek out new opportunities.
They treat everyone with value, not just those whom they believe have something to offer them.
They are intentional!
This is the pretend part…the blog! If it is all you have in leadership, you have nothing. It’s time to go, Lead!
See you soon…I’ve got my eye on some young leaders that I need to go connect with.