GREATEST LEADERSHIP TASK
…MAKING CHAMPIONS OF THE PEOPLE YOU LEAD
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled and they took knowledge of them that, they had been with Jesus” Acts 4:13.
Transformation is the greatest leadership impact. This is because the quality tests of every leadership is in what it produces. In its result is the accurate scale to weigh the worth, eminence and merit it deserves. In the real sense, results stands as the proof, confirmation and attestation to the substantial input of various efforts invested into the leadership task. Although there are various results that can be achieved as authentic proof of a successful leadership based on its vision and goals. But no results can be greater than the result of reproducing better leaders who are empowered to multiply the present accomplishments.
Leadership is at its best when the people who are led have gone through the process of preparation, empowerment and transformation where they can generate greater results beyond what has been handed over to them. It is true that when people are empowered they produce powerful results. And if they are also disempowered, they will produce nothing beyond weak and ineffectual results. For this reason, the most important task of every leader – whether a pastor, husband, businessman, chief executive officer amongst others, should be on how to make champions of the people he leads. This is imperative if we are not to labour in vain in our pursuits, want the fruits of our works to abound and desire wide impact of the purpose we have suffered so much for.
The true spirit of leadership is to prepare and expects people we are leading to be greater and perform greater works than we did. This was the spirit Jesus had when He declared in John 14:12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to my Father.” Some leaders may not have this spirit if they are self-gaining driven rather than higher-purpose driven. The desire and effort to see people we are leading doing greater works than us is the greatest leadership task. It requires great personal sacrifice that looks beyond self into what can be accomplished through others. It looks beyond immediate results to immeasurable results in the future. It demands a visionary eye of seeing people beyond who they are to what they can become. These areas are where many leaders drop the cap – probably when they feel they have not what it takes to make champions of the people they lead or thinking every glory should be ascribed to them afterwards.
Meanwhile, the glory, honour, grandeur, credit and accomplishments will always be greater than expected when every leader can accomplish this greatest task of making champions out of the people they lead. I think it still remain the best ways to create an unforgettable legacy, posterity and impact that may be difficult to erase in the sand of time. I have also seen this greatest task as the secret many of the great leaders who have created a landmark on earth used as the tool to preserve their various works and worthwhile causes. Even, some leaders who have instituted negative and counteract movements that exists till today also used the same greatest leadership strategy to ensure the preservation of their poisonous influence.
I believe our impact will be great in life if we can decide to accomplish this greatest leadership task. The price is worth paying for everyone who doesn’t want to settle for average and limited results. It is the price we pay that will make our leadership work a readable and learnable thing while here on earth and even when we no longer live. I think nothing seems to be more blessed when through our accomplishments people will be willing to learn of our lives to the glory of God.
Of a truth, making champions of the people we lead is a great task. It is a two- phase task: Who we are and what we teach. But I want to say again that, it is simply one strategy divided into two phase task. So the strategy is “Doing what you are teaching and teaching what you are doing.” This statement was clearly made in the opening book that describes the Acts of the champions who were made, empowered and transformed through Christ in His lifetime. It reads like this in Acts 1:1-2,
“The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen.”
Please, permit me to say this task is the major leadership challenge of times past and even now. We have been seeing and reading about leaders who are either doing but not teaching the right things, or
teaching but not doing the right things. Then, we have leaders who are not doing and teaching right things. And lastly, we have leaders who are both doing and teaching right things – principles, values, beliefs. This last set of leaders is the type who is qualified to make champions of the people they lead. Although, he is not absolutely perfect as Christ, but he is not also a weakling who gives in or easily beset by the works of the flesh. He is a person one can describe as a matured, balanced and stable leader who depends absolutely on God.
If we fit in to this description of a qualified leader or we have decided to become one which is the first step. The next step now is how we can accomplish this greatest leadership task of making champions of the people we lead – to bring out the best in them for wider impact of our vision and goals. Through which we can make our own leadership labour fruitful and successful now and in the future.
The ways to accomplish this great task cannot be given by anyone except the person who successfully accomplished it in a perfect way. Jesus remains the best perfect leader to teach us what it takes to accomplish this great task of making champion of the people under our leadership.