"And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice." John 10:4
IN JESUS TODAY!
Call it Leadership 101 or call it a "How To" in leadership. Here we see that leading from behind is not the example that Jesus has set. Leading from behind is weak leadership and maybe not leadership at all, it is fearful, and self preserving. A good leader with strong confident leadership skills will go before the people and show them the way, and how can it be except the chosen leader has been there before and understand the way that his people need to go? A good leader will lay down his life for his sheep, protecting them always, not putting himself and his own personal gain ahead of the needs of his people. This is the leadership that we see in Jesus! In Jesus we see a leader that goes before his people, showing them the way unto eternal life, we see a confident leader that isn't wavering in any decisions, one that tells us, "Follow me". "And he said unto them, follow me and I will make you fishers of men." Mathew 4:19 And David said this in the wilderness, "My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me." Psalm 65:8 He did not say unto God, "Follow me"! No, David said, "My soul follows hard after thee:" because he knew that a good leader protects his people, just as he continues, "thy right hand upholdeth me."!
We need a good leader, and a good leader is one that loves God, and protects his people at all cost. A good leader goes before his people and takes charge, doesn't say only what we want to hear so that he will be liked, but rather tells us always only the truth. A good leader is willing to lay down his life for those that have entrusted him to lead, for those that are following and believing that they will be taken care of, and for those that he loves! A good leader is prepared to lead by example, setting a righteous example for others to follow. Let us follow a great leader, let us choose to follow Jesus and to support those that follow him!