I’m a firm believer in leadership. I consider myself a leader. I think that I’ve got leadership qualities. I was voted in high school to have the “most leadership.” And yet, as I’ve said before, I am concerned that I’ve allowed my own ideas about leadership to be too heavily influenced by culture and not enough by God. (Don’t worry, I won’t remain cynical. I’ve got a suggested way forward in upcoming posts.)
Leadership is often symbolized by the image of a mountain climber scaling higher and higher. But what if that’s not right? What if that’s upside-down, so to speak? Perhaps leadership is not as individualistic or as achievement focused as that. I wonder: wouldn’t, actually, a true leader somehow enable many others to reach the top of the mountain also? Or, I wonder, wouldn’t a true leader chose to move lower, casting a high stature aside in exchange for lowly service? Do we aim in leadership in the wrong direction? In other words, what if leadership actually meant descending a mountain? When did Moses lead the most, when he went up to Sinai or when he came down? Does Philippians 2:5-11 teach us anything? Does foot washing have any part in leadership? Might the practice of love and humility and care and unselfishness be essential to true leadership?