Great post by Dave Kraft on theresurgence.com –
A few weeks ago, I was on the phone with one of my clients. We were talking about what was pulsating in his heart and where he saw his church going. He exclaimed, “But what if they don’t want to go where I want to go?”That is always the question at stake in taking people to a better future. As a leader, I must have both confidence that my picture of the future is God-given and doable, and be able to trust that God is working through me and using me to “rally” people.
There are a lot of activities that go into that one word, rally: persuade, motivate, guide, equip, develop, shepherd, and catalyze, to name a few. I first need to prayerfully rally the key influencers among my people and then allow them to rally others toward our better future.
It isn’t rocket science, it’s leadership
I truly believe leadership is simple to understand. It takes a lot to pull it off, but understanding exactly what’s involved is not overly complicated—at least not to my way of thinking. It was Steven Covey who came up with the brilliant statement, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”
“Leadership is all about the future: going there and taking others with you.”
Two simple but profound main things in leadership are:
- Seeing a better future
- Rallying your people to that better future
Four observations on leadership
- If you don’t see something better, you are not a leader
- If you can’t rally people to something you see as better, you are not a leader
- If you personally see a better future, are going there yourself, but can’t rally others to join you, you are taking a walk by yourself and are not a leader.
- Leadership is all about the future: going there and taking others with you