Leadership – The Perils of Leadership

Posted on January 27, 2012

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A LOOK AT PASTORAL THEOLOGY

Leadership

(Part Four of Six)

THE PERILS OF LEADERSHIP

As with most areas of responsibility there are dangers, associated with being in a place of leadership. There are pitfalls that must be avoided and areas to be aware of. Because fallen men are leaders, and they lead fallen men, the opportunity for things to happen outside the will of God is unfortunately all too real. The saying that; ‘power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,’ is no less true than when discussing the idea of leadership. Put a man in a place of power and authority, and you have a recipe for possible abuses. That being said, very rarely is the problem the position as much as it is the man which fill the position. Men are quite capable of taking a necessary thing and corrupting it, so that it seems that we would be better off without it. The fact is, you just need a proper understanding of how people should go about picking their leaders. So what are some of the perils involved in leading others, whether spiritually or otherwise?

I Timothy 3:6 – Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. One of the main problems that can arise is that one that has been placed in a position of authority above others, the tendency can be there for it to cause pride to creep into a leader’s heart. A couple of things about this; first, there is the capability of combating this. That being, ensure that a man is qualified before being placed into a position of authority. It would typically be the novice that becomes arrogant when given a place of seeming preeminence. The obvious implication in this is, that a man who is more mature, in whatever the circumstances may be, would more readily see the fact that a position of leadership is not one that should lift a person up with pride, but rather humble him, seeing that all men, everywhere, are ultimately unworthy to lead. A man who would lead must form a bond, or some level of attachment to those whom he is over. Pride will not only prevent a bond from being formed, it would, as well, destroy what bond there may have been when those who are to be submitting begin to get the sense that their leader is becoming arrogant.

II Corinthians 12:7 – And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. As is revealed in this verse a leader who would lift up himself in pride would do well to remember that God has placed him in a position of authority and as such, has the power to take him out of his position.

Isaiah 3:12 – As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. A peril of leadership that does not exactly come from leadership, but is more a result of it, is weariness. I use this verse to show what happens when the rightful leaders become weary and quit. Simply put, chaos ensues. The problem is duly ordained leadership gets weary of fighting the battle and so they quit. Leadership is not a vacuum. Someone is always leading. If it is not the right and appropriate person it will be someone else. The people, in this verse, that stepped in to take the mantle of leadership are children and women. While there is nothing specifically or inherently wrong with women and children, the way that it is said puts it in a distinctively negative connotation. Not only does true, effective leadership suffer, those who have been forced to fill in suffer as well.


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