Leadership is the ability to spearhead an activity, program, or cause for others in order to achieve a certain goal. It entails stature, capacity, and an overcoming perspective. Corollary to this, a person who
is easily shaken by circumstances and adversity may have insufficient stature to lead. One who wrongly reacts and is easily rattled by problems must increase his/her capacity for leadership. In the same vein, he/she must have to assess his perspective in order to stand strong in the heat of the battle. Leaders pay the price and clear the pathway for others to enter into their destinies. They make things easier for the next generation to rise. They break the fallow grounds and chart the course amidst uncharted waters. They pioneer a certain move and set the trends for others to follow.
Understanding these, we can realize that leadership is more than just an art, position or title. It entails gifts and graces in operation. It is not just having high educational attainment, knowledge, skills, and abilities. It also requires preparation on the inside in order to handle big responsibilities. One may be an expert in people management and with the rudiments of administration by mere theories but collapses in praxis. Some people placed in the leadership may burst out at the playing field and become crushed by overbearing burdens and intense pressures. The rule thus remains that a novice must not be hastily put to leadership and the one who aspires for it must be willing to sacrifice and ready to pay the price coupled with it.
Moses in the Bible exemplifies this value. He was a prince of Egypt prior to his voluntary exile in the land of Midian. As a prince, he was well taught. He was equipped with skills and talents. He was an expert in different fields. However, he was further processed by God in the wilderness for forty years. Only after that long period of honing and pruning that he was ready to lead. It was when he possessed the required characteristics that God summoned him to do a great task. It proved that his societal status and educational attainment were not enough to lead the Israelites,
neither his own strength and might. Leadership is not for personal aggrandizement or domination. It is ruling with accountability and selflessness. To lead entails selfless love and service to people. As they say in the movies, “with great power comes great responsibility”, and this is also true when it comes to leadership. If you want to be great, be the servant of all.
We the leaders this nation is looking for. We will lead to the best of our abilities and with the help of God. We will not compromise and never lower the standard of righteousness. We will stand strong and firm in upholding divine principles and rule of law. We will set the example and model what we teach and direct. We will carry upon ourselves the manner and conduct of an excellent leader. People will respect us not because they fear us but because they honor and love us.
God, help us become good leaders to the people under our supervision. Build in us the character and qualities of excellent leaders. Help us not to abuse our authority, and not to look at our position as a source of power in order to debase or oppress others. You are the leader and ruler of our lives. Help us follow and obey Your statutes. Lead us always, Oh God, towards the fulfillment of Your plans and promises. Make us good followers of You that we may become good leaders. Amen.
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