What is Leadership?
"Let no man despise your youth, but be an example to the believers,
in word, in conversation, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity"
(1 Timothy 4:11).
What is a Leader?
A leader is a person who rules, guides or inspires other people.
Soldiers who go to war need someone who will lead them, care for them and
tell them what to do, so that they can work as a group and be effective in
fighting the enemy. When an army is defeated, often the leaders are
killed and then the soldiers retreat in fear. Soldiers are only
brave and victorious when they work as a team under a good leader.
Leaders need to guide and direct the play of team members in netball,
football, rugby and other games. If the captain just lets the players
do whatever they like there will be chaos. Everybody will run
around in all directions and there will be no defence. The opposing
team would be able to score huge numbers of goals and the coach will tear
his hair out in frustration!
If you look at teens in your school, you will find many do not have a purpose
for their lives and are often drawn into gangs or so-called "cool" groups.
They are then easily led astray into doing wrong things.
Becoming a Leader
Jesus went about doing good and multitudes followed Him and many became His
disciples. You can show leadership by guiding others into doing good
things and leading by example. Your voice of reason can help to keep
order and achieve success in a particular situations. You can find out
where you are going, and how to do a task.
Think about what leadership skills you possess and make a list of the skills
and qualities you still need. Prayer will help you get these, because
God wants you to be a good leader.