What Great Leaders Do

I've been thinking about leadership lately.  In particular, one little phrase in Romans 12 captured my attention.  Paul lists a few of the different gifts given to the body and mentions leadership.  He says in verse 8, "the one who leads, [must lead] with zeal."  This exhortation seems to imply that as leaders we are prone to not lead with zeal.  We are prone to laziness that keeps us from taking our people to where they need to go.  But Paul makes it clear; if you are a leader, lead with zeal, lead with enthusiasm, lead with devotion, lead with passion. A few weeks ago I picked up a book called, Tribes, by Seth Godin.  This book helped me see another dimension of leadership that is often lacking among leaders in the church.  Godin says:

... there's a difference between telling people what to do and inciting a movement.  The movement happens when people talk to one another, when ideas spread within the community, and most of all, when peer support leads people to do what they always knew was the right thing.

Great leaders create movements by empowering the tribe to communicate.  They establish the foundation for people to make connections, as opposed to commanding people to follow them.

This is very insightful.  In addition to leading with zeal, great leaders inspire their communities to own the vision put before them.  They encourage their people to talk together and share the burden they have. 

Are you a leader?  If so, lead with zeal and empower your people to talk with one another.  And when they begin to see what you see and share what you have first shared with them, you know that a "movement" is beginning.