Four Keys to Being a Good Leader
When somebody is accountable to you—whether it’s a child, a spouse, or someone in the workplace—you must manage those relationships well if you’re going to get the most out of them and exercise the greatest degree of godly influence possible. This is a very different dynamic than relating to somebody to whom you’re submitted so let’s look at four keys to managing relationships in which you have authority over someone else.
- “He Who Wishes to Be Great…” (Mark 9:35).
Today, most people in positions of authority try to exercise their influence through the strength of the position they hold. This “positional authority” says, “I’m the boss; you do what I say,” but as you can imagine, this is not the most effective attitude for leaders to have. So the first thing you need to recognize is that your motive in the exercise of authority must be to serve those under your authority.
To be effective in influencing those submitted to your authority, you must have a servant’s attitude. This is what the exercise of authority is all about—serving those God has entrusted to your care.
- “But the Greatest of These Is…” (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Authority only works when submission is willing and from the heart. Only one thing makes that happen, and that’s when the person who is submitting to authority is confident that the one they’re submitting to loves them. Love is what makes authority work. When a person understands that you have their best interests at heart, they will respond without fear to the direction you give.
- “Provoke Not Your Children to Wrath, But Bring Them Up in the Nurture…” (Ephesians 6:4).
One translation of Ephesians 6:4 says, “…bring them up with affectionate care and attention.” As you manage this type of relationship, don’t threaten and intimidate those under your authority. It will only generate anger and hostility. Walls will go up, and schism and division will follow. Instead, admonish or exhort them with affectionate care and attention.
- “Train up a Child…” (Proverbs 22:6).
Lastly, you need to realize that a major part of your authoritative responsibility is to train those submitted to you. God expects you to cultivate the gifts of God within them and help them grow in the call of God on their lives.
So whether we’re talking about your children, your staff, or the people answerable to you in some other leadership setting, part of the authority you exercise is to help others realize the call of God on their lives. This is your God-given responsibility in this training process.
Jesus called each and every one of us to evangelize the world. This would be virtually impossible without the proper management of relationships. Time and money management are very important to a simplified lifestyle, but they pale in comparison to the need for us to effectively manage our relationships with others. One man, Jesus Christ, was so influential in His day that the world crucified Him in an attempt to stop Him. But when Jesus rose from the dead and sent the Holy Spirit, He opened the way for us to influence the world with the love of God.
That’s what we are called to do: manage our relationships in such a way where the love of God can flow through us to them. As we do this, we not only walk the path to a more simplified life, but we also set other people up for success in God’s kingdom.
About Mac HammondMac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.
Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Mac Hammond also hosts the Winner's Way television broadcast and has authored several internationally distributed books. Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living.
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