Where Do You Fit?
Today, CrossChurchSchool.com welcomes guest writer, Charles Matlock. Charles is a Resident Minister in the Cross Church School of Ministry serving in the Missions Ministry, Springdale Campus. He is from Gonzales, Texas and has served in several ministries over the years.
In this post I would like to explore two questions; ‘What is leadership’ and ‘Where do you fit?’
To answer the first question I want to look to the leadership guru John C. Maxwell. John C. Maxwell is an amazing author, coach, speaker, and leadership guru. He says “Leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.” Think about that a couple of minutes and let it sink in. Leadership is influence. Your leadership is only as vast as your influence. I can’t help but to think about when Jethro advised Moses to set leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. What we see in this example is that a leader needs a team of good leaders around him, he can’t do it alone. I have to ask myself did Jethro see that leadership is influence and that these men could lead well from their circle of influence? To learn more about leadership from John Maxwell I would recommend reading; ‘The 21 Most Powerful Minutes In A Leaders Day’ or one of my favorite books ‘The 21 Indispensable Qualities Of A Leader.’
I think it’s best to let the guru speak into the definition of leadership. Honestly what more could I add to Maxwell’s vast knowledge of leadership? John Maxwell says, “the Bible truly is the greatest leadership book ever written.”
I would like to spend the rest of this post on the question ‘Where do you fit into leadership? For this I will pull from my life and personal experience.
I should tell you a little about myself. I have owned two businesses and have been in a few positions of leadership in restaurants and a commercial bakery. I was on staff at a growing church, as well as a missionary leading a Hope Home for children in the Amazon jungle. Being on staff at a growing church is where I really discovered where I fit into the leadership framework.
I would like for us to look at the framework of leadership through the lens of 1 Corinthians 12:12-17:
The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?
Leadership is like the body. There are many ways to lead, not everyone is cut out to be the main leader. Few people think about or even say, “I want to be the big toe, or a hand, or an ear.” When they think about leadership they tend to think of being the top dog or the man with the plan. I have watched people being drawn to leadership and they tend to all want to be the mouth piece, they want to give orders. I believe one of the best things you can do for your leadership development is to know where you fit into the framework of leadership. There is freedom in knowing who you are as a leader and where you lead the best. I believe many of you today would see their leadership lid raised to a whole new level by understanding where your place in leadership is.
The seven years I was on staff at a growing church I discovered where I fit in the framework of leadership and where I lead the best. For me, I discovered I make a good second. I found that being the guy behind the leader you have more freedom to lead along with the benefits of learning from your leader. You will have an ear to the people. You have the power of the leader’s voice. You get to operate outside of your circle of influence.
I want to encourage you that just because you may find out you are a good second or even some other position does not mean you can’t lead but it will help you become a better leader.