Leadership – Infusing people not confusing people!
November 13, 2014
The best book out the bunch for me thanks Jason Clark. I went over so many things that I am battling with as a leader in a church and in a denomination. I wanted to pick up on what Dave Young did but he did such a fantastic job I wont even go there. I was reading his blog and did not know it was him because of the picture he put up. Great job Dave. But I really loved what he bought out it could not have been bought out better. But as a pastor and leader we are always confronted with the reality that a lot of our denominations and churches are not always doing what they are doing for the sake of Christ or for the sake of developing other leaders. Some are just protecting their financial pot of gold and they don’t want anyone to come against it or speak against it. One of the things they come up with that amazes me is that they will put everything on the devil. They will steal money and say the devil is acting up when they are confronted for their mismanagement and lack of transparency. The devil did not use that money though. Another issue is numbers and to measure success is to measure by numbers. Well this is very grievous for a person who starts a church and struggles with it for years and don’t have the greatest of success in numbers. In this evaluation process their faithfulness, commitment, sacrifice, and dedication to Christ is completely devalued. I like what some of scholars like Weber, Barnard, and Selznick said regarding this. “These scholars were not concerned with leadership because the concepts to explain economic performance, but of its importance for infusing purpose into the lives of individuals.”I have been in churches and with leaders who make my skin crawl because they promoted people not because of their superior performance but because they help them pay their bills. I understand how important paying your bills are but not at the expense of people. And then most of them really did not care about infusing people with purpose or importance as long as they pay tithe and attend their church what they turn out to be is not important. The more we know the more we are responsible for even if we turn a blind eye. God knows that you know and our conscience should be our Moses on Sinai!
Our job is about infusing people to help spread the gospel of Christ. If you can view this video of Myles Monroe before he died tragically in an airplane crash listen to what he says. I could not upload it but its on my Face Book page! Too many leaders don’t understand that what they do as leaders should never die with them it should go on without them. Jesus is the prime example of this. He had to go away so that we could do great things. Leaders who don’t train, prepare, equip, pour into others are not good leaders at all. They are more like demigods who are more concerned with infusing their pockets and personal agenda than equipping new leaders to lead the charge. There are too many different things to talk about in the Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice and my dissertation will reflect many of the principles and ideas that Nohira’s and Khurana’s book details. I cant act like its not true and it is! God judges us for what we know and we don’t do. And ignorance is not a shelter either. You should know if you are a leader!
 Nitin Nohria and Rakesh Khurana, HandBook of Leadership Theory and Practice (Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation, 2010) 120-121 of 6889, (Nook Edition)