The Radical Aspect of Being a Leader

October 21, 2011

Good Friday morning to you!

In Crawford Lorritts’ book, Leadership as an Identity, the final and fourth trait of a leader is Radical, Immediate Obedience.  Interesting – we are talking about leaders and yet he says obedience marks a leader.  In many leadership books I have read, obedience is seldom discussed, but as they taught me in the Army, you can’t lead until you learn how to follow.

Of course, Dr. Lorritts is talking about radical, immediate obedience to the Lord.  That is often a very difficult thing to do.  Well, following are a few notes from that final section of his book:

    Radical, Immediate Obedience

Staying In The Game:

“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24

Biblical leadership is characterized by radical, immediate obedience.

Obedience acknowledges the supremacy of God over all things.

Enduring The Challenge:

“They all wanted to frighten us, thinking, ‘Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.’ But now O God, strengthen my hands.” Nehemiah 6:9

See it through!

Courage is complete obedience in the face of opposition.

The Legacy of Faithfulness:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1

A long obedience in the same direction is sustained by the small choices we make each day. Be aware of the cumulative nature of our little choices.

Hardship and difficulties are part of the leader’s portfolio.

Well – that is the last of the book.  I would recommend adding it to your toolkit as a key aspect of understanding true leadership in the Lord’s Kingdom.

Hope you have a great weekend and spend time iwth your family and treasure them!
BG