Kneeling Down to Lead

by Corinne Gunter

LEADERSHIP is defined as the power or ability to lead other people.  "Leadership." Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 30 July 2016.

Leaders have power to influence either formally through a position of authority OR informally because others choose to follow them because they believe they are worthy of listening to and following.

Think about it. Name three leaders.  Where does their power to influence come from? What posture do they take in leading?  What do they value?  What do they do to influence their followers?  

For the WLTI (Women's Leadership Training Institute) we defined leadership this way:

Influencing the behavior of others to move from one place to another. 

Simply stated, leaders move people FROM one place to another.  From one way of thinking to another.  From one way of acting to another. 

Leadership involves influence that leads to action. And to move people -- leaders have to INSPIRE and MOBILIZE.  

Think about the leaders you named early, where are they leading their followers?  Where do they want people to go? And what motivation are they using to mobilize their followers?

Proverbs 11:14 says something like this "without wise leadership and good direction, people lose their way." 

If we ever needed wise leadership and good direction it's now.  No matter what country you call home -- leadership is critical.  

Not just any kind of leadership will do -- 

We need an army of servant leaders who will rise up to lead -- who are willing to kneel down and serve.

Not sure where to begin, take a look at the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and watch Jesus lead.  He will turn your understanding of leadership upside-down and inside-out. 

“Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end… Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took of his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured the water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. John 13:1-5

“After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, ‘Do you understand what I was doing? You call me “Teacher” and “Lord,” and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” John 13:12-15

May we choose to follow Jesus example and begin by kneeling down and serving.