Leaders who allow a scarcity mindset to work its way into their culture pay a high price. When resources (money, opportunities, recognition) are perceived to be limited, paranoia, fear and politics thrive. In this environment, people become nervous and afraid to make a mistake. As a result, teamwork and innovation suffer.
When Lord Tennyson wrote his epic poem about the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War, he neglected to report one vital thing: as the 600 riders rode fearlessly towards the enemy with their captains at the front leading the charge with their swords drawn, they soon came into range of the enemy canons. At this moment the bugler sounded “Officers to the rear! Officers to the rear!” and as the leaders reigned in their horses the common rank and file surged past to take the hits. That was not leadership. That was chickenship. The buglers in the Army of God only ever sound “Officers to the fore! Officers to the fore!” That’s because we take our leadership cue from The Leader of Leaders, Jesus Christ, who didn’t dodge any bullets but rather led the charge himself up the rocky path of Golgotha.
Paul described Timothy’s leadership wattage as a flame (2 Tim 1:6). Wattage or ‘flame’ refers
to a leader’s quotient of character, gifting, skill and calling that together determine the size
of his leadership gift. Wattage is determined both by God-factors and Man-factors.
The God-factor: How much grace gifting God has given the man? Is he a two, five or ten
talent leader (Mt 25:14)? You can’t put in what God has left out.
The Man-factor: How diligently does he ‘fan to flame’ (2 Tim 1:6) the measure that God gave
him? Does he bury or deploy his God-given talents (Mt 25:14)?
It is hard to lead people much beyond the point that you yourself have gone; so raising leaders
rapidly depends on keeping growing yourself, on diligently fanning your flame.
Saul feared giants. His followers feared giants. (1 Sam 17:11)
David killed giants. His followers killed giants. (1 Chr 20:4-8)
If you are strong in faith, so will your followers be. If you are strong in the Word and Spirit then
so will they be, and so on.
The ‘wattage’ of the leader is usually proportional to the quality and quantity of his following. I
am not saying the primary leader needs to be ahead of those that he leads in every area, as
that would negate the theology of The Body and the concept of Team. But reality is that bright
bulbs tend to gather more moths than dull bulbs. So, increase your wattage. Fan that flame.
The measure of a man is the spiritual and emotional health of his family.
A real provider has a vision for a marriage that bonds deeply, for sons with character as strong as trees, and for daughters with confidence and deep inner beauty. Without that vision and a leadership, a family struggles, gropes and may lose its way
One of the things I believe deeply is this: Leaders ought to be the most self aware people in the room. I’m talking about the kind of self awareness that makes you comfortable in your own skin. You know who you are and who your aren’t. You lean into and lead out of your strengths. You have words for your brokenness, and while you may wish you had none, you know you do and you know what they are. And you know that other people know. You wouldn’t have it any other way.