What is Leadership?

Part of the series Getting Started With Léo’s Blog
Written by Léo Gaumont, published on 2013-08-25.

Leaders are born and not made. They are called and when they obey, are trained and then chosen to fulfill God’s will through the leading of the Holy Spirit.

(Léo’s blog will be presented from a biblically based Christian world view. No apologies are given or expected from those who disagree with or do not subscribe to this world view. The blog is meant to provide possible answers to the classical statement, “What is Truth”.)

Bible Reference: 1 Tim 2:4

To make a difference in this world, one has to be different. To lead with a difference, one has to be a leader of a different kind, for to lead others to do what everyone else is doing is not leadership as much as a form of specialized “followship”. People can be fooled by one’s ability to do things well, but doing things well is not the same as doing things right and most certainly not the proper measure of true leadership. Scripture tells us that “God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”. There are two parts to this statement, the first being God’s plan of salvation, already taken care of through His son, Jesus Christ. The second part is our part, our individual responsibility and corporate purpose. God-ordained leadership informs, directs and equips others so they can come to this knowledge of the truth, which should in turn provide the needed direction in their lives. Leadership should follow the Lord’s directive to make disciples of all men. First to bring them to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ , then to grow in their knowledge of the truth. It most certainly is not something that “blends” with the worldly wisdom that advances a plurality of truths and personalized versions of what faith means or is. We know that the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable but we are also told that many are called yet few are chosen. Those who are chosen are commissioned to do the work of the Lord through the leading of the Holy Spirit. This should be evident by the fruit, which should not be in opposition to the scripture. We should therefore quickly disqualify leaders that use worldly tactics or are willing to enable people to do things that would not be supported by the Bible. God’s truth is universal, no matter what people think. He was, after all the One who created us and not the other way around. We should be looking to leaders who do not contradict the directives found within the Bible. Leaders who are “peculiar”, different from the rest, sincere, courageous, uncompromising, willing to risk coming into conflict when advancing the truth. Leaders who would do whatever is needed to change the world rather than capitulate to its secular image. It is with these thoughts and motivations that Léo’s Blog was conceived. Not everybody will agree with its contents, but to the best of our knowledge and ability we will be directing home educating families to the knowledge of the truth, being prepared to quickly apologize for and to fix error when discovered.

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