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The World is Looking for Leadership

The world is looking for leadership that is effective in articulating clear direction, strategies, transparency in character, discipline and integrity. As Christians it is vitally important for us to exemplify the leadership principles and character of Jesus Christ our Lord everywhere.

Leadership is defined as the action of leading a group of people or an organization. In short leadership is influence. Some of the synonyms that expound upon the meaning of leadership are guidance, direction, control, management, superintendence, supervision, organization, firm leadership and government.  Leadership also includes:

  • the state or position of being a leader, as in "the leadership of the party" with synonyms such as directorship, governorship, governance, administration, captaincy, control, ascendancy, supremacy, rule, command, power, dominion, and influence.
  • Inclusive of the leaders of an organization, country, etc.

Whether you know it or not, there is a leader on the inside of you, and we want to awaken the power of your potential so that you can actively use it to influence your community, church, industry and field of expertise for the glory of God.

Leadership consists of creating a vision, developing strategies, aligning, motivating, inspiring, and energizing people, as well as establishing direction.  Leaders are difference makers who motivate people to a conscious awareness of righteous standards and godliness, which is precisely what is desperately needed throughout our communities in America and around the world.

Many people make the mistake of confusing management with being the same as leadership, but they are not the same.  Traditionally, management consists of planning, budgeting, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling; whereas even though leadership encompasses management it is much greater than management alone.

A leader is someone who is willing to take a stand regardless of how difficult things may be. A leader also has a conscious awareness of what is at stake at any given time and exhibits the character, commitment and passion to deal with the issues and challenges at hand.  While not everyone is the leader of a country or organization, everyone can embrace and uphold the characteristics of leadership in their perspective field, industry, and place of responsibility.

There are several characteristics of leadership which can be embraced and implemented by anyone regardless of the role they fill.  These are characteristics that you can employ during your involvement and role anywhere you are.

   Leaders are visionaries who dare to dream and see beyond that which is obvious. This is a very important characteristic, because a leader is one who is motivated to move forward progressively with a clearly defined vision. Those who interact and work with leaders need to be able to see as well, and be willing to take the initiative to fulfill the vision of the leader of their organization. In doing so, those who are assigned to the main leader can help ensure that the vision is communicated and followed in harmony and alignment which culminates with its fulfillment.  (Ref. Habakkuk 2:1-2)

    Leaders grow through being challenged. When a leader is challenged they respond with mature character and meet the challenge head on with a clear strategy that takes the possibilities into consideration. When a leader is challenged they understand that withdrawing their commitment and responsibility to leadership is not the answer or solution. Leaders work it out, assess the challenges, consider the possibilities and respond favorably and appropriately. Jesus was committed to His leadership responsibility to the end.  Even though His disciples, all except John the Beloved, deserted him, Jesus was fully committed in spite of the extremely challenging situation that He faced. It is important to note that instead of the disciples abandoning the Lord, they should have stayed by His side and maintained their commitment along with Him until the very end. (Ref. Matthew 26:36-56; Matthew 27:33-56)

   • Great leaders identify and develop other leaders. They encourage the development of skills, talents and abilities in others to achieve great results through mentorship.  They also engage in sharpening the leadership characteristics in individuals to form a cohesive winning team through knowledge, demonstration, implementation, observation, feedback, and inspiration.  "Jesus said, "Come follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." (Mark 1:17; Luke 11:1-13; John 14:12)

   • A great leader uses their power and influence to encourage and empower others. Leaders empower and encourage people to contribute their expertise and best efforts with the understanding that more can be accomplished with the efforts and contributions of others. The importance of enlisting the assistance and help of capable people who have the gifting, skill and expertise to be an asset in accomplishing the goal of an organization is invaluable. Every good leader realizes that a vision and mission cannot be accomplished without the value added principle of people who believe in the vision set forth and are willing to commit and contribute in a meaningful way to its fulfillment.

   • Leaders set high goals and understand how they can be achieved while others may only see them as impossible.  A true leader knows how to successfully integrate their goals with their vision on order to achieve and accomplish them.  This is an extremely powerful characteristic of leadership, because leaders don't make excuses. They know how to get things done seemingly effortlessly with wisdom and understanding of the overall benefit to everyone involved in fulfilling goals while working with multiple facets and responsibilities congruently.  (Philippians 4:13)

   • Leaders communicate effectively. A leader is not only capable of clearly articulating their message to others, but they are also good listeners knowing that other people will help get things done.  Those who work directly with main leaders should be able to articulate and convey the leaders message with clarity exactly as it was communicated with them.  These are individuals who become owners of the vision and get things done as leaders in their respective positions of responsibility.  (Acts 2:14-17)

   • Leaders are individuals who set high standards and live according to them. They are dedicated to their calling, and reach beyond the average daily lifestyle that others settle for, because leaders believe in God's calling upon their lives and are willing to make the sacrifices required to fulfill it with excellence and grace as unto the Lord.  (Psalm 8:1; Philippians 3:12-14)

   • Leaders understand timeliness, and are not procrastinators.  Effective leaders understand that leadership is action not position. They are aware and knowledgeable about what needs to be done, and they take the initiative to execute getting the job done with haste and timeliness.  When working in assistance with other leaders, they carry out the requests of their supervisor or senior leader with diligence understanding that timeliness and proper execution of tasks and responsibilities is of great importance to the overall success and mission of the organization.  People who are slow to respond and take action are a liability to any group, organization, or company. Those who are of excellence on the other hand take initiative and respond quickly, which creates momentum in the organization.  If you want to see your organization rise to the highest level increase the degree of timeliness in which you take action, especially in regards to directives that are given by your leader.  (Ref. 1 Samuel 21:8) "David asked Ahimelek, "Don't you have a spear or a sword here? ... because the king's business demands haste."

Let me encourage you to embrace the leader inside of you, and exemplify the strength, courage and character that is essential to being the best leader possible.  Whether you are a leader privately in your home, or a leader in your community, church, government, in education or otherwise; be an example that others can follow and glean from as you carry out the responsibilities entrusted to you faithfully. An important note is that leaders are those who serve first, and have given of their time, energy, strength, gifts, skills and abilities to help build, sustain and carry out the vision of someone else prior to obtaining their own. The world is looking for the leader in you. You can make a difference!  (Ref. 1 Corinthians 4:2; 2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 1:7-9)

His Lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.' (Matthew 25:23, NKJV)

We truly hope that you have benefited by reading this blog. Please share your comments with us and share it with your friends and associates. We are looking forward to reading your thoughts. Thank you.

14 Comments to The World is Looking for Leadership:

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Toiya Moffatt on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 11:06 PM
The content of this blog is invaluable! We need leaders and many acknowledge this fact, but as pointed out, leaders are not as scarce as they appear to be. In most cases the leadership that is needed at a given time is lying dormant within ourselves. "Titus 1:7-9", gives an excellent example of the attributes one would expect of a leader. To sum it up, a true leader is one who demonstrates the characteristics of Christ, in other words, upholds the highest of moral integrity, walks in compassion and determination while encouraging and employing the gifts of others in order to accomplish a goal that is larger than oneself. Sometimes people misunderstand the intentions of a true leader, labeling him or her as a dictator because of his or her zeal and unwillingness to accept any excuses, not realizing that it is that type of pressure that causes the leader within themselves to rise to the occasion. You will never know how much heat you can tolerate unless someone turns up the flame and you'll never know how much you can carry unless someone adds on the weight. One of the most important characteristic of a true leader is the ability to serve consistently and faithful of a pure heart. God promotes those who are humble and brings down the proud. My prayer is that the people of God submit to the authority that God has placed them under, their spiritual covering, so that the leader within can be fostered and each one can take his or her place in the affairs of God's kingdom and our nations. God bless you Apostle Beth!
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:46 PM
Minister Toiya, I am impressed by your insight and understanding of the subject. The spirit of excellence rests upon you, and your comments are right on point with the Scripture text concerning leadership. Oftentimes people fail to recognize that God places them in the midst of a leader who will bring out the leadership potential that lies dormant within them. Therefore, they reject who God places them under and forfeit the entire process of development and spiritual leadership that God intended from the beginning. Faithfulness unto the end is the Biblical key to ensuring that the leader within is fully matured, activated and released in the right season. It is also important to note that the timing of God is not determined by the mentee', but by God who in turn speaks to the mentor. Otherwise, those who break away prematurely before the process of finished forfeit everything just as Gehazi did with his mentor, the prophet Elisha. This is a very serious matter, because there is a price that is paid for the anointing in the "making of a leader." It is costly, but the results are incredible, because those who embrace the maturation process of growth and transformation become the kind of leaders God can entrust with His power and authority, set over churches, organizations, and in key positions of influence that He will be glorified. God bless you Toiya!!

Nikki N. Godbolt on Thursday, September 04, 2014 10:00 PM
As I read the blog, I can truly see the problem in our society today and that is the lack of Real leadership. It is the reason why many families are destroyed. It is the reason why so many cities, states, and Nations are in the condition that they are in, the lack of True Leadership. This reminds me of the Word of God, where it says we must pray for righteous leaders to be in positions of authority, because when the righteous reign the city rejoice, but when the wicked rule the people mourn. The World is in need of Righteous Leaders, who has a vision from God, who can hear from God, who are lead by the Spirit of God, and who is full with the wisdom of God. Leaders set the tone for the troops to follow. Leaders correct when correction is needed, they encourage when encouragement is needed, they understand that if they spare the rod, they spoil the child. That's not just for parents, but for Leaders everywhere. Correction produces Order! True leaders give birth to true leaders, because they know what it takes to lead. God Bless!
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Thursday, September 04, 2014 11:40 PM
Hello Eld. Nikki, thank you so much for sharing your wonderfully insightful comments on the community blog this month. True leaders are greatly needed throughout our society, the Church and the world at large. What is extremely concerning is that it appears that people would rather choose to listen to ungodly leaders rather than those leaders who truly lead by the word of God in prayer and holiness. You might say, "What is the world coming to?" For is reason, men and women of God must rise to the occasion, support, work cohesively with, and encourage leaders who demonstrate a lifestyle of holiness, lead by example, and uphold the standard of God's word. we need godly leaders in every area of our society today. Thank you so much for contributing to this blog topic. God bless you!!

Candice Mimms on Thursday, September 04, 2014 10:16 PM
It is important to have leaders who are looking for the approval of God instead of the approval of man. In history we can see the outcomes of leaders who focused on pleasing God and we also see the results of leaders lacking a desire to please God. Every aspect of our being should be centered on pleasing Him. I loved this blog because it reminded me that we're all subject to some kind of system whether we acknowledge it or not. We can try to run from God and we can even try to run from ordinary systems, but one way or another we'll find ourselves yielding to something. It's obviously better to yield to the principles provided by God than to go through life blinded by distractions and man made systems or beliefs. This is why godly leadership is so important. Godly leadership causes people to identify and walk into their true purpose in life. As a result, people throughout the world can be effected in a positive way. God bless you Apostle Beth!
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ApostleBethtina Williams on Friday, September 05, 2014 2:28 AM
Candice, thank you so much for sharing your comments on our monthly blog. You're right that when everyone's greatest desire is to please the Lord and come into divine alignment it will cause their leadership potential to be sharpened, grow and mature. Unfortunately, many people today do not esteem alignment with leadership, even godly leadership as anything of any serious importance or consequence. As a result, organizations, both secular and especially Christian find themselves struggling to obey and fulfill the purpose of their existence, and the leaders of those organizations often suffer greatly due to a serious lack of understanding by those who they serve in an hour when cohesion is paramount. The Bible clearly instructs believers to give honor to whom honor is due, and even give double honor to those who are Elders and instruct God's people in the Scriptures that they may do it with joy and not with grief. It also gives instruction to obey the higher powers for they are ordained by God, and have been given their authority to lead by God in Romans chapter 13. However, this kind of instruction is not well received, and people simply ignore it under the idea that a leader really doesn't have any real authority over anyone, doesn't need cooperation, encouragement or support from those they sacrifice deeply for in Christ or otherwise. Statistically speaking, I believe this thought pattern contributes to the enormous increase of leaders, especially pastors being stressed out, leaving the ministry, churches closing, and a high level of suicides involving those who carry the weighty responsibility of leading people, who seem not to have a clue about the enormous responsibility they carry, which should be a joy instead of grief. I can speak about it from experience because I've had numerous leaders to cry on my shoulder, ask for prayer, and to confide with me about the enormous struggles they face while trying to obey and please God among a people that are extremely judgmental, are uncommitted and unfaithful, and seem not to care or be concerned in the least bit. The need to encourage each other in carrying out the will, calling and heavy responsibility of leadership is oftentimes downplayed so that accountability, proper honor and respect, as well as alignment can be ignored and avoided. Thus, the spirit of the world has crept into the church, and many ministries that were truly ordained by God are failing as a result, because as Jesus said to the Pharisees, "a house divided against itself cannot stand." The question is, "Who actually cares, understands, or will align themselves to help make a difference, be of real assistance as a strength and asset to their organization, and allow God to take them through the process that is necessary to develop strong mature leaders today?" We must enter into serious prayer that God will raise up those kind of leaders who are able and willing to step up to the plate, commit themselves fully, and strengthen and encourage the body of Christ today. Organizations flourish and everyone benefits when there is cooperation, commitment, dedication and understanding of the vision, strong leadership principles and qualifications. (Psalm 133) Pleasing the Lord should be our highest aim, especially in the body of Christ. Jesus clearly defined the kind of leaders, disciples and followers He was looking for when He instructed His disciples, as learners and imitators of Christ, to take up their cross, meaning we must die completely to our carnal natural mindset, way of thinking, believing, and doing things that is opposed and hostile to God, and live for the purpose of God fully. Be encouraged to continue to serve the Lord with your whole heart, and embrace the call to leadership that is upon your life. God bless you Candice, and thank you for your insightful contribution to this month's blog.

P Wright on Saturday, September 06, 2014 9:10 AM
Leadership is so important to our lives because it sets a standard in which we must live by because it holds us accountable and that's what so many people run away from. As someone said early we are leader whether we accept or not in some form or fashion.
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Saturday, September 06, 2014 6:40 PM
Thank you Pam, it's true that leadership does set standards and holds us accountable, but many people run away from it because they aren't willing to be "submitted" to anyone else other than themselves. The problem with that philosophy and ideology is that the Bible doesn't support it, but God defines it as being rebellious. However, once an individual understands that every organization has to have structure, and there must be a leader who carries the vision of that organization so that it's purpose for existence can be fulfilled, they can commit to it and lend their strength, abilities and skills to further promote the overall purpose of the organization. With that said, unified alignment within an organization and the leadership will benefit each individual who supports it. Everybody benefits and it's a win win situation. God bless you!!

Dr. Stanley D. Williams on Sunday, September 07, 2014 2:48 AM
I deeply appreciate the insight and wisdom of Dr. Bethtina as she outlines the characteristics of a leader, she is spot on. We live in a time where leadership is a critical need, we can no longer dream of leaders we must have them. There is a famous quote from the book "The Art of War" which relates to us both the difficult and the value of leadership, it goes as follows: Leadership is a matter of intelligence, trustworthiness, humaneness, courage and discipline...Reliance on intelligence alone results in rebelliousness. Exercise of humaneness alone results in weakness. Fixation on trust results in folly. Dependence on the strength of courage results in violence. Excessive discipline and sternness in command results in cruelty. When one has all five virtues together, each appropriate to its function, then one can be a leader. The truth is a true leader possesses a combination of attributes which combined together creates who he or she is. A leader has to be a visionary, motivator, developer, influencer, communicator and standard bearer. In short leadership is a challenging yet rewarding station that requires a combination of qualities. The world needs leaders.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 10:33 AM
Dr. Stanley, thank you so much for sharing your awesome comments and insight with us on this month's community blog. Your view of leadership from your immense experience is invaluable. The characteristics and components that are a part of the making of a leader are tremendously needed throughout our society today. Leaders of a high-caliber and degree of expertise, knowledge, integrity and experience are rare, but do exist. When they are found, they ought to be celebrated and appreciated, especially in light of the fact that not everyone is willing to devote and commit themselves to the process of "The Making of a Leader." It takes time to develop great leaders, but in retrospect great leaders were great followers first. In fact, you aren't qualified to lead until you have mastered following first. That way when the opportunity to lead arrives you will appreciate it wholeheartedly, and walk worthy of that calling and profession. Again, thank you so much for adding to our blog. God bless you!!

Travis Mimms on Friday, September 12, 2014 9:53 PM
Great topic on Leadership. Leadership is important. Without guidance, direction, supervision, or governance in any organization there will be turmoil. There are different styles of leadership. The authoritarian leadership style, for example, is approved in periods of crisis but fails to win the "hearts and minds" of followers in day-to-day management; the democratic leadership style is more adequate in situations that require consensus building; and the Laissez-faire leadership style is appreciated for the degree of freedom it provides, but as the leaders do not "take charge", they can be viewed as a failure in protracted or difficult or unpleasant organizational problems. Those leaders who tend to accomplish the task by developing good relationships with the group would be considered as (Relationship-Oriented), and those who have a primary concern with carrying out the task itself are considered (Task-Oriented.) Both the relationship-oriented and the task-oriented leaders can be effective if their leadership orientation fits the situation. There can be no leader if there is no follower, both the leader and the follower are important to any vision. There is no need of a shepherd if there are no sheep. Jesus is the perfect example of leadership. In Matt4:19 He stated "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Leaders lead by example. As His fame went throughout all Syria many brought those who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them and Great multitudes followed Him. He also taught and worked miracles while His disciples took note. As a true leader empowers others, He stated "Greater things you shall do than these" and to "Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you." He moved with compassion, deligence, wisdom, and consistency towards the vision and mission for His life. The world indeed needs leaders!
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Saturday, September 13, 2014 12:56 PM
Min. Travis, thank you so much for sharing your comments on this month's subject "The World is Looking for Leadership." You expounded upon the topic in a very unique way with wonderful insight. The leadership example of Christ is to be preferred above and beyond the others, because He came to do the will of His Father who sent Him which was a challenge because the Pharisees and religious leaders of His day criticized Him and did not accept who He was, nor what He came to do. Therefore, it is paramount that every leader know and understand the assignment for which they were ordained by God, and be willing to take on the challenge of fulfilling that assignment in spite of the kind of criticism, rejection, retaliation and abandonment that religious people oftentimes respond with. Yet, keep their eyes on God, His purpose, and minister to those who are willing to receive the message that God ordained instead of giving in to the pressure to become something or someone else in presentation in order to be accepted and liked by the people rather than please God. In essence, leaders must be able to make hard choices and decisions, take on challenges head on, maintain the stability of the organization they are responsible for, and still speak into the lives of those they are chosen to lead with wisdom and truth as they demonstrate strength, character, integrity, and diligence before them in order to inspire, identify, establish, and activate the leadership potential within the people (staff). What ties it all together is the vision and purpose for which an organization, group, church, etc., has been established. Therefore, it is necessary to have a strong team of leaders who are capable of working in unity to bring the vision to pass. That's what Jesus did. God bless you!!

J. D. Smith on Saturday, September 13, 2014 1:58 PM
Dear Apostle Beth: This is one of the best outlines & definitions on Leadership I have ever read. In my nearly 26 years of military service to this country, in two different branches of the service, about 23 years were in direct combat roles as Army Infantry & some years later USAF Special Operations Aerial Gunner. Never once did we take a manager down range nor on any type of patrol or interdiction mission. When asked by the Commanding General (four star)of Military Airlift Command ('MAC' - circa 1986)a one of my former squadron commanders what Hurlburt Field (Home of USAF Special Operations)thought of him & MAC my Lt Colonel responded "They hate you & MAC because they are warriors and warriors have to be led & not managed. MAC doesn't allow even an aircraft commander to make the decision to have broken aircraft repaired without first calling back here to MAC HQ's first though by orders the pilot is charged & vested with accomplishing the mission. And Sir, this is not leadership but micro management". To which the General responded "You are absolutely correct. I felt that but my staff has been telling me you love me & MAC". The commanding General inherited the command in that shape, mentality & my knowledge it still functions that way today! One thing in life that is constant besides God is the need & reason to change. Sometimes that comes from within. Often times whether its in the Church, family, life, business civilian or military, etc., it also comes from without a person who is a wise & caring leader whether its a Pastor or even a father-in-law like Jethro (Moses's in law) who is sent to speak a word in due season. A true leader wants their people to achieve & even surpass them as they onto to grow. This is what God designed & ordained - even the eagle doesn't sit on their young, never letting them out of the nest. They brood over them but at the same time preparing them. They teach them to try their wings, but they don't let them fall to their destruction. they catch them, lift them up provide further lessons & input to strengthen & improve their wings & abilities. So when the time comes the young eagles will be able to soar, build, hunt & train the next generation of eagles & leaders. I bless God for you & Apostle Stanley for being wise master builders in & through Christ Jesus.
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Saturday, September 13, 2014 3:42 PM
Amen Eld. JD,thank you so much for sharing your comments on this month's community blog. Your are absolutely correct in your wisdom and insights concerning the desire of a true leader to see those who are assigned to work with them progress and even soar as eagles. This is typically the right thing to have happen when everything is working the way that it should. The outline of the blog provides a number of things to take into consideration in order to achieve the very best outcome for those individuals who are a part of a mission or organization. When the commitment and dedication required is present along with the right training, attitude, skills and ability then those leaders can fulfill the vision, purpose and mission for the existence of the organization, and whose who are a part of it can benefit enormously as the organization succeeds. Again, thank you for your contribution and God bless you!!

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