I have family members that watch the TV reality show, ‘The Voice’. I haven’t seen it, but my wife and daughter were talking about it and one of the cast members made a statement that I found worthwhile.
I am not sure the situation but apparently one of the singers that was competing had sung several times and gotten better each time. The panel that evaluates the singers was very encouraging to the young star. One of those panel members made a statement to the effect that their show is about encouraging talent and that is why they have coaches, not judges.
Leadership is more about coaching than judging. Isaiah 30:21 says, “And your ear shall hear a word behind you saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’” That’s leadership. It is more about a voice behind guiding than a voice in front telling.
I was working with a non-profit group a few weeks ago and during my presentation I said something I hadn’t really prepared, but came out of the discussion. Since saying it, it has become a kind of mantra for me. “Leadership is not about power, it is about empowering.”
The leadership model of Jesus was much more coaching than judging. He empowered his followers to become the leaders necessary to coach others in the way they should go. Jesus was so effective in leading his followers that we have a legacy of believers from one generation to the next that can be followed down to our present number of faithful.
Jesus’ model of leadership was to be a voice behind, saying this is the way, walk in it. He was not about his power, but he was about empowering others to be his people, his army – so they could be all that they could be.
Maybe a good description of leadership is coaching – it is not about power, but it is about empowering.
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