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The Faces of Leadership

John Maxwell said something that I am totally in agreement with, he said that the failure or success of any organization depends on its leadership. As important as the need for competent leadership is, the subject on the other hand has not received the amount of attention it deserves. Few universities let alone Bible schools or seminaries offer this subject as a complete program. Few that have realized its importance offer it as one of the courses within a program.

As I have been observing the body of Christ, being a Pastor myself, I have had many instances where I felt that the Church needs to revisit the issue of training competent leaders. There are quite a number of secular graduate schools for business leadership that are doing a fabulous job of training business executives on effective leadership models. The Church on the other hand is doing very little in tackling this important subject.

As a matter of fact, writing this article is very therapeutic to me because it is drawn from a desire that has been mounting in me for years. My desire for leadership development has reached levels where I am now geared to do a postgraduate degree on the subject. My desire for effective and competent leadership has led me to search the bible to find some principles and models of effective leadership. In a few words let us see what a leader must be to succeed at his or her leadership responsibility. Allow me to say that effective leadership is both being and doing. Our article will only tackle the aspect of being.

"For our text on the subject, let us see Revelation 4:7
Rev 4:6 "And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle."

I know that allegory is one of the most unreliable ways of interpreting the bible. Many well meaning people have gone into error trying to do that. However, in certain cases it is allowed to allegorize. Paul used it when talking about Sarah and Hagar in Galatians 4:22-31. Allegorically speaking, our text gives me 4 basic characteristics of competent leadership. I see every face as an attitude a leader should take in different circumstances. The four faces of the creature in this passage gives us some insight into the subject of what a leader should be.

Let us start with the face of the eagle in the creatures of our text. I would like to mention that a leader needs the qualities of an eagle. The eagle has so many good qualities and the scope of this article wonít allow me to mention all of them. Nonetheless, I will draw some lessons from 4 of this great birdís qualities.

The first lesson from the eagle comes to us from its great vision. It is believed that from hundreds of meters above the ground, the eagle can see a tiny movement made by its prey. A leader must have vision for him or her to succeed. The nature of the work of a leader makes it imperative that he or she leads with vision or else there is going to be disillusionment in the people being led after they see that they are going nowhere.