Here is just a few quick leadership points that I have recently been thinking about that I believe will take your leadership to the next level.
1) You can’t lead anyone to a place you’ve never been.
Before you lead someone else somewhere, you must first be led there yourself. You can’t expect to lead people to place you’ve never been before. As a leader, you must go first. For example, a guide to an amusement park must first go through training and learn everything about the park before he or she can guide/lead others to places in the park that they have never been. No one will hire a tour guide to show them around a place they have never been to themselves before. The same is true for leaders. No one is going to follow a leader to a place they have never been to before.
Moses had to first lead sheep in the wilderness for 40 years before he could lead the children of Israel in the wilderness for 40 years. Joshua had to first spy out the promise land before he could lead the people there. Even Jesus had to be led by the Spirit before He could lead the disciples.
So before you lead others make sure you have first led yourself. Before you take someone else somewhere make sure you first have been taken there yourself. Make sure you’re led before you lead.
2) Sometimes you have to be willing to be led by the people you lead.
Some of you that are reading this, I believe, haven’t reached your maximum leadership potential because you refuse to be led by the people you lead. You’re probably saying to me “What!? That’s absurd! I’m the leader. I’m the one who is supposed to be leading not the one who is supposed to be led.” Hear me out. In Acts 9 Saul, who later becomes known as Paul, is leading a group of people to Damascus in order to persecute the Christians there. When suddenly he is knocked off of his horse and blinded. In order for Saul to regain his sight, he had to first be led by the people he was leading. Because he was willing to be led by the people he was leading, he regained his sight and eventually led the charge in spreading the gospel throughout the world. Even Jesus had to be led to the cross by the people He was trying to save.
So who are you leading that you need to be willing to be led by? Whose ideas do you need to listen to in order to take your leadership to the next level? Allow yourself to be led by the people you are leading because, if you do, you will become a better leader and your leadership will go further faster.