Don’t be a Leader – Be a Shepherd

I enjoy leader development, but I fear sometimes we make too much of it and as a result develop a wrong view of what it means to lead.

The view of a leader that the Lord keeps impressing upon me is that of a shepherd. In fact, one of my favorite “leadership” books is The Way of the Shepherd. Great little book that is profoundly important if you are interested on how best to lead others. (click here to read a post on the book)

A verse that the Lord has used in my life to inform how I lead is 1 Peter 5:2-3 which says (ESV) “. . . shepherd the flock that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.”

So – are you a “leader” or are you a shepherd? Try being a shepherd – it changes your viewpoint entirely.


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