Leadership – The Need For Leadership

Posted on January 6, 2012

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A LOOK AT PASTORAL THEOLOGY

Leadership

(Part One of Six)

THE NEED FOR LEADERSHIP

Most individuals need someone to follow. They need someone to direct. They need someone to point the way and tell them what to do. Is this because the average person is inferior to leaders or lack admirable qualities? No! It is just the nature of human interaction between persons of varying abilities. If in a room of twenty-five men and a project needs to be done, there will be mass confusion and chaos until one or more individuals assume the leadership and begin to move the process in the correct direction.

We see it in our judicial system. After a trial when the jury is sent to the deliberation room, what is the first thing that is to take place? They are to elect a foreman, someone to provide leadership, keep the ensuing discussion focused and provide a measure of accountability and awareness about keeping everything that is said and done heading toward the desired end…that being a verdict. Without a foreman, perhaps a verdict would at some point be reached, but it would most assuredly take longer than was necessary.

It proves the following verse; Judges 17:6 – In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes. A king is a leader, not necessarily a leader by ability, but rather simply a leader by position. Whatever the case may be, a king provides leadership. He provides direction and answers to questions that may be raised. There was no king, and therefore there wasn’t any direction. There wasn’t any leadership, or guidance as to what the nation should be doing. We see the result of that… anarchy every individual doing whatever he or she pleased. And as a result of that we can see from the context of the book, that when presented with situations such as this, a lack of strong leadership, people do not do the right thing. Four times in the book of Judges the following phrase is used, ‘And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD.’ This is a prime example of what happens when there is no leadership. Men do not tend to migrate toward the highest, most pure persons in their midst, they tend, unfortunately, to the lowest common denominator.

James 1:8 – A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. One of the perils of a lack of leadership is that it leads to a spirit of disunity and disagreement, not only just between different people, but inside individuals as well. When there is no one to lead the way with assurance, to direct steps it causes doubt, misgivings, and just in general a lack of decisiveness. Thereby leading a man to be unstable. When a man is unstable, in his way, his actions, and his words, it is indicative of a person that is lacking leadership in his life. Because when one has a firm hand of leadership, there is no room for indecisiveness. A lack of leadership in homes, churches, the workplace, and all other areas where there is a necessity for there to be a hierarchy, creates unrest, and a lack of stability in the lives of all those that are affected.

Matthew 9:36 – But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. We see in this verse a representation of what happens when there is a lack of leadership. Everyone makes decisions based upon what is best for them, without having an understanding of the greater plan, and therefore, the greater plan that all should be working for, does not get accomplished. We see in this verse several points. The first would be that where there is a great multitude, there needs to be a shepherd, and that means there needs to be leadership to the effect that everyone is pulling in the same direction. Secondly, without leadership there are a couple of things that transpire. The first being, people faint. It is only to be expected. Without a clear plan, or direction to follow the clear plan individuals become frustrated, and they become frustrated relatively quickly. Nothing, as it would seem to a man, would be more vain, that having no goal or purpose in life. And, because this is true, we can look around and see that men are fainting around us. As well, there is a scattering process that happens. It is the inevitable outcome of strong leadership not being exercised. It is the classic picture of every man doing that which he thinks is right and proper.

Jeremiah 50:6 – My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace. As mentioned earlier, unfortunately a person can be in the place of leadership and not be doing so effectively. In this verse it is evident that the nation of Israel’s leadership were leading in the wrong direction. Really amounting to nothing more than an abject lack of leadership. Leadership, when defined means; 1. The position of guidance of a leader. 2. The ability to lead. The root word ‘lead’ means; to show the way by going before or along, to act as a guide, to guide, to conduct. 2. To be or form a way; to tend in a certain direction, to go. 3. To be first, chief, or head, to act as leader. Inherent in our discussion is the idea of ‘spiritual leadership’ or leading in a spiritual way. Because the idea of leadership involves the idea of leading, but not just in any direction, but the right direction, true leadership will always involve a correct path. As pastors, men, and however else we are placed in positions of leadership, we should not ever be content with just leading. But rather that we are leading right.


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