When most people think of a leader, they think of someone who stands at the forefront of everything, giving orders and expecting to be obeyed without question. But the truth is that even if you are not in charge of the big picture, you can still lead in your own way.
Just because you are not ‘THE Boss’ does not mean that you cannot use your God-given skills and talents to guide those around you. At the end of the day, God is the one who decides who will lead and who will follow. Quite often, leaders come from where you would least expect them- from the middle of the pack.
So what does it mean to lead from the middle of the pack?
First, it means showing honor where it is due.
You must realize that there ARE people leading from the forefront, and that you cannot simply disregard them for the sake of your own agenda.
Romans 13:1 says, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”
Now this does not mean that you should blindly obey ungodly people- this just means that you have to respect them as fellow leaders and gracefully show them their mistakes, if necessary. Know where you fall in the authority system that God has raised up, and never force your way up the ladder.
You can influence your leadership by showing the love of Christ and also by being the kind of worker that follows scripture. The Bible says,
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people. Ephesians 6:7 (NIV)
When you are working and serving unto the Lord you WILL influence your leadership. It will happen as the favor of God flows through you!
Be inventive, creative and someone who can be counted on to always be there AND someone who comes up with new ideas and new was of doing things. If you do not know what those are, ask God. He is the CREATOR! Of course He knows ideas that would work well for the business you are in.
Be the kind of leader that is a blessing to those over you by HELPING them to lead in a humble and loving way! Influence them by being all that God has called you to be!
That covers the people above you- so what about the people below you?
There is only one right way to deal with people who do not have the authority you do, and that is with humility. It can be incredibly hard at times to lead others without condescending to them. There is a fine line between relating to people and preaching down to them. The goal is not to see them as mindless sheep, but as friends in need of guidance. Just as you have to respect the people above you, those below you have to respect you. Appreciate any effort they make, and never demand more honor than God has blessed you with.
And of course, with everyone you deal with, you must be careful to handle conflict wisely.
It will happen- sometimes you just cannot avoid it. So understand this: there will be times when you are wrong. There will be times when you are right. There will be times when everyone is at fault and times when everyone is on the right track. Even if you disagree with someone, pay close attention to what they are saying. You may either change your mind or gain some insight into the mindset of the whole group.
Though there may be ranks of authority, no one is above another in terms of righteousness. We are all equally fallible and in need of forgiveness. Do not deny the grace of God to those who need it just as much as you. As you lead from the middle of the pack, extend honor and mercy to all who need it; for only then will your Father in Heaven pour out on you His own honor and mercy.
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~ Your Expect Success Leadership Team(623) 362-2900