The Call of Leaders
Recently, I went to Leadership Belleville’s opening retreat. During the two-day event, they spoke about types of leadership and asked us to reflect upon our own leadership styles.
One universal value of leadership they mentioned was that a leader brings out the strengths in each person. As a leader, we are called to bring out the best in each person who works with and for us. While each of us have growing edges (of course), each of us have gifts. Our jobs as leaders are to ensure that gifts are being utilized to the best of their ability as well as team ourselves and others up with people whose strengths are different than our own.
Since starting at this church and especially since my retreat, I’ve been reflecting upon my own leadership style. As a collaborative leader, I appreciate incorporating others’ ideas and make unilateral decisions only sparingly. While tough and unpopular decisions need to be made occasionally, the hope is that all decisions are made for the greater good of the people of this congregation and our surrounding community.
I also look towards scripture to guide my decisions as a leader. Jesus was a leader who was full of grace for those who wanted to grow and collaborate as a team. Even when Peter denied his association with him, Jesus extended mercy and love to a grief-stricken Peter. Through this grace-filled act, Peter becomes the leader God has called him to be.
When God calls Joshua to fill the leadership role of Moses, God ensures Joshua this: “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous…” (Joshua 1:5-6). As God was with pastoral leaders of every time and space, God is with me. As God was with all lay leaders in this congregation, God is with you.
Have you reflected upon your own leadership styles and how you influence others? With strength and courage, let us love one another boldly and lift up our siblings in the faith!