Types of Leaders

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Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

So it’s getting ready to turn a new year, and you’re hoping to make this year’s resolution stick. You know the one where you take better care of your body or the one where you promise to make more time for your family. There are many types of leaders. But, here’s one that’s often overlooked- be a better leader.

Maybe this is a part of your goals simply because it’s a part of your role. You’re a team leader, a manager, a volunteer leader at your church or some other organization. Your commitment to being a better leader has everything to do with others’ expectations of you. But what if you don’t own a single title that demands respect? What if your title went away? Would you lead anyway?

I used to stare at a quote in my 10th grade English class daily in high school. It stated:

I am not who I think I am
I am not what you think I am
I am what I think you think I am

Maybe the same  Anonymous who has taken credit for many internet hijinks wrote that quote just to terrorize me. Even back then, I was plagued by the pressure of living up to the expectations of others. My mother used to say, “people will follow you, so you better lead wisely.” I wanted to retort, “I’m only 15!” My coaches seemed to push me harder than others, and my teachers taunted me with constant reminders that I had “potential.” I cannot help but think that I wanted the attention of being called a leader, team captain, group leader, and shift manager, but I didn’t want the responsibility.

So I wore the badge, took the honor, but balked at taking the responsibility when things didn’t go right. Yes, many years later, this is still a fight. Maybe you can relate.

The type of people that amaze me most are those who don’t have a prominent title of manager or boss, and they just operate like one. These people see a need and run to fill it before someone sends off the distress signal. These types of leaders send short shout-outs of encouragement to their coworkers and colleagues, not just their underlings or employees. These leaders sometimes possess the title but seek to serve instead of being served. These types of leaders don’t concern themselves with manipulating the attitudes of others to get their approval. These leaders are UNCOMMEN because they are driven by something greater than themselves.

We need to ask ourselves whether we are willing to serve to the Glory of God. It’s easy to fall into the trap of leading for the attention, but that’s not our calling. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”(Col 3:23-24)

If I could have adjusted that quote in my 10th-grade class, it would be more like this.

I am not who I think I am
I am not what you think I am
I am what God says I am

Take a look in the mirror and say this with me, “Be this type of leader this year.”

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